For booking and information contact me HERE.
Below you’ll see that as I am developing my new project, River See, I am doing a number of Experiments (smaller more exploratory events) and WORKSHOP PRODUCTIONS (larger casts/more production values) that are open to the public.
River See premiere (2014) and tour details will sooncome. Meanwhile, info about River See is HERE.
I am proud to say that I will be in Residence in The University of Iowa’s MFA Program in Playwriting Spring 2014. One of my classes will be open cross campus to Grads and Undergrads:
Free Style Writing: Poetry Plays & Perf: Theatrical Jazz Aesthetic Sharon Bridgforth, Instructor 1:30PM – 3PM MW EPB
River See National Performance Network Performance Residency
The Theater Offensive (Boston), National Performance Network Performance Residency
November 10- 16, 2014.
Featuring: Sharon Bridgforth-Writer/Composer. Sonja Parks as SEE.
Ensemble: Djola Branner, Nyx Zierhut and Nia Witherspoon.
With Apprentices: Kaamila Mohamed and two additional local apprentice performers TBA.
More details sooncome.
I will be teaching at Cal State University’s SummerArts Program
July 21-27, 2014 in the course titled,
Social Action Writing: Personal to Political, Words at Work
Coordinated by Aimee Suzara
Work with award-winning, best-selling writers from around the country. Examine the roadblocks that create silence and learn how to remove them. Shape language into story, into revelation, into weapon, into healing. (Course Dates: July 14 to July 27, 2014)
Once again I have the privilege of working with Pillsbury House Theatre Naked Stages (2014).
2014 River See World Premiere @ Links Hall in Chicago
A National Performance Network (NPN) Residency
Preview: June 18, 7PM
Performances: June 19 -21 7PM, June 22 3PM
June 27 – 28 7PM, June 29 3PM.
Tickets on sale soon at Links Hall.
March 20 & 21, 2014
University of Texas @ Austin
I will be offering a keynote lecture/demo at the Annual Graduate Conference
thanks to Center for Women’s and Gender Studies. Details sooncome.
I’ll be reading at the San Francisco Jazz Poetry Festival April 6, 2014!!
Stay tuned HERE.
I am really excited to be a part of this program:
Institute of African American Affairs
New York University presents
Brother to Brother, Sister to Sister
A series celebrating the works of LGBT artists
Co-sponsored with NYU’s Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality
Location for all events: NYU, 20 Cooper Square, 7th Floor, NY, NY
Space is limited, RSVP at 212-998-IAAA (4222)
Nov. 18 – Monday, 6 pm
Lenelle Moïse, Thomas Allen Harris and Bil Wright
Dec. 9 – Monday, 6 pm
Jewelle Gomez, Sharon Bridgforth and Lorenzo Herrera y Lozano
I am humbly honored/soooo excited that I will be in conversation with the great leader, Mary Tal thanks to IDEX!
Mary Tal is founder of Whole World Women’s Association…
IDEX is honored to have the leader of our partner Whole World Women’s Association, Mary Tal, join us on
Sunday, November 17, 2013 from 4-5:30
at San Francisco’s Women’s Building for:
Living on the Fence: Mary Tal and South Africa’s Whole World Women’s Association
In conversation with award-winning writer Sharon Bridgforth, Mary will share the story of her own personal journey as a refugee, her founding WWWA and the groundbreaking work they are doing to integrate and empower refugees.
WWWA uses storytelling extensively in their work with women refugees in South Africa to help them process their experiences, overcome their challenges and embrace their strengths. Together, the women that Mary works with have developed the power of creative expression to address global challenges like HIV/AIDS, women’s empowerment and economic revitalization.
I am really excited to say that I’m working with allgo, in Austin, Texas…
A Reading ,Conversation and Workshop with Sharon Bridgforth
Sunday November 3, 2013
Picture Box Studio 701 Tillery St. Suite A-7 Austin, TX 78702
(down the side walk from allgo office)
Reading and Conversation 6:00-7:00pm
Bridgforth will read from her newest work titled,
Who Dat/Black Mermaid Man Lady.
I am really Grateful that I will be reading at allgo’s Day of The Dead event on 11/2/13, 6:30PM, in Austin, Texas. More HERE.
11/2/13 I will be facilitating a (closed) workshop for Multicultural Engagement Center, University of Texas @ Austin.
I proud to say that I will be a guest in
Daniel Alexander Jones’s Flying Solo Class
Monday, 2:30PM 9/23/2013
at Fordham University, NYC
along with Chris Wells.
We will be discussing:
The Personal as Political & the Political as Personal.
Other guests this semester in Professor Jones’s Flying Solo Class are:
Kate Bornstein, Robbie McCauley, Jen Hofer, Pamela Sneed, Dawn Akemi Saito and Stacey Karen Robinson.
I am proud to announce that thanks to support from New Dramatists Creativity Fund, a Mellon Foundation funded program that allows current resident playwrights to explore work and process in creative ways and in the company of chosen collaborators…
I will be working on
The Adventures of HoneyPot and Dem
September 16-20, 2013 at New Dramatists (NYC)!!
I have the great fortune and Blessed pleasure of having
Daniel Alexander Jones and Kelly Sloan in the room/in the process/reading and responding and encouraging the development of the piece.
There will be an informal table reading of the work in progress
at New Dramatists
Friday September 20, 2013 3PM
Featuring: Daniel Alexander Jones and Kelly Sloan!!
To RSVP call (212) 757-6960.
I am proud to say that I will be on the
1:30PM-2:45PM Friday 8/16/13
at the Butch Voices Conference.
Keynotes for the conference are: Cherrie Moraga and Jay Toole!
I’ll be at ATHE on Nia Witherspoon’s panel titled:
“Revelations in Play: African Diaspora Epistemologies in Process and Practice”
With Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, Micaela Diaz-Sanchez and Lisa Beckley-Roberts.
Saturday, August 3, 2013 – 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm.
Myself and Adelina Anthony will be facilitating workshops for Teatro Q-POC
June 29 – July 3 2013!
It’s part of A Special 10-Day Residency in San Francisco
Study the Craft of Writing or Acting for the Stage
More information coming soon!
I’ll be at PSI on a panel with Jaclyn Pryor and Omi Osun Joni L. Jones titled:
Ase!: Black and Queer Temporalities in Conversation
Friday June 28, 2013 from 3:30-5:30pm
River See Experiment
Diaspora Vibe Gallery (Miami)
May 24 – May 29, 2013
Sharon Bridgforth – Conductor. Performers TBA.
Open to the public. Details sooncome.
Thanks to Megan Monaghan Rivas and Tlaloc Rivas
I’ll be in residence at University of Iowa 4/22 – 4/25, 2013.
River See Workshop Production
Pillbsbury House Theatre (MLPS)
With Support From The MAP Fund
April 13 – April 21, 2013
Sharon Bridgforth – Conductor. Sonja Parks – See.
Virginia Grise – Witness.
Featuring: Mankwe Ndosi, Aimee Bryant, Kenna Cottman, Truth Maze and Leah Nelson.
Designers = Eyenga Bokamba (environment), Mike Wangen (lights), Clare Brauch (costumes)
Open to the public.
I am the featured artist for the 2013 Black Lavender Experience at Brown University, Rites and Reason Theater!
All events are free, open to the public and take place at:
George Houston Bass Performing Arts Space
155 Angell Street, Providence, RI.
For more contact: 401.863-3558 Africana_Studies AT brown dot edu
Thursday April 4, 4PM-5PM
Conversations in Africana Theatre:Dynamic Innovators
This series also featured: Adrienne Kennedy, Laurie Carlos, Ntozake Shange and Robbie McCauley.
Friday April 5, 7PM dyke/warrior-prayers: redux
Written by Sharon Bridgforth
Directed by Constance Crawford
Music Director Clarice LaVerne Thompson
Additional performances 4/12 7PM and 4/13 2PM
Saturday April 6, 7PM
River See Experiment #16
Written & Conducted by Sharon Bridgforth
I am proud to say that thanks to Djola Branner, Dean of Interdisciplinary Arts, Associate Professor of Theatre and Priscilla Page, Lecturer: Dramaturgy at UMass Amherst in Theater – I am in Residence at HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE 3/2/13-3/7/13!
MOSAIC; Five College Multicultural Theatre Committee Presents:
A staged reading of blood pudding
Written/Directed by Sharon Bridgforth
Featuring: Djola Branner, Micaela Diaz-Sanchez, Bettina Judd, Nyx Ziehut, Jorrell Watkins, and Maya Chakraeati.
Main Theatre, Emily Dickinson Hall.
Tuesday, March 5th, 2013. 8PM. Free.
More about blood pudding HERE.
River See Workshop Production
#15. Links Hall in Collaboration with University of Chicago Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, The Theatre School at DePaul University and The Ellen Stone Bellic Institute For The Study of Women And Gender In The Arts And Media Columbia College Chicago
Sharon Bridgforth – Writer/Conductor
Emily Morse – Dramaturge
Sonja Parks – See
Nia Witherspoon – Singer/Witness
Shu Shubat – Singing Bowls
Featuring: Iya Fatola Osun Adesanya-Kerr, Marie Casimir, Senyo Ador, Brian K. Thrower, Eden Sabala, Nadia Chana, LaTonya Brown, Elizabeth Davenport, Viktor Le, Nani Ramaknshnan.
Epic Arts (Choir): Robert Walker, Trina Chaney, Corey McDonald, Velvet Gunn.
Deeply Rooted Dance Theater Company Members: Kathleen Purcell Turner, Joshua L. Ishmon, Adriene Patrice Barber, Artistic Director Kevin Iega Jeff.
Stage Manager: Megan Bero.
@ UoC Rockefeller Chapel
Rockefeller Chapel, University of Chicago
5850 S Woodlawn Ave. Chicago, IL
3/1/13 @ 7:30pm
Open to the public
Rehearsals for this workshop will happen 2/25-3/1. Rehearsals are open.
For more information CONTACT Sharon HERE.
More about the 3/1 public sharing HERE.
River See Experiment
#14. Black Studies Suite
University Of Texas at Austin @ Anna Hiss Gym
February 23, 2013 4PM. Free
Sharon Bridgforth – Conductor
Omi Osun Joni L. Jones – Witness
Performers include: Florinda Bryant, Nia Witherspoon, Lyndon Gill, Ni’Ja Whitson, Seyi Adebanjo, Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, Charles Anderson, Dotun Ayobade, Matt Richardson, Chery Tshepo, M’Bewe Ninoska Escobar and DeAnna Howard. Stage Manager: Natalie Goodnow.
Open to the public.
For more contact Sharon HERE.
Thanks to Dr. M. C. Downs, Marco O. Iniguez-Alba and a host of others – I’ll be reading at Texas A&M Kingsville 6PM on 2/15/13 in SAM FORE HALL BLUES ROOM.
Soulful Planning for 2013 and Beyond
A Masterclass with Sharon Bridgforth for Social Justice Leaders
When: February 12 & 13, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (both days commitment required)
Where: IDEX offices, 333 Valencia Street, Suite 250, San Francisco, CA 94103
How to Apply: Application Deadline: Jan 27, 2013, 5 p.m. PST
(Limited to 10 participants)
Contact: Vini Bhansali at vini AT idex dot org
for an application and information.
I am proud to say that I will be a guest in Cherrie Moraga’s Playwrighting Class at Standford 2/7/13.
I will be with presenting at University of Michigan
2/4-2/5, 2013 thanks to Holly Hughes,
Professor Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, Theatre and Drama, Women’s Studies; Director, BFA in Interarts Performance.
I will conduct a (closed) workshop for Roots and River Productions in NYC 2/3/13.
Thanks to Jane Saks and The Ellen Stone Belic Institute For The Study Of Women & Gender In The Arts And Media
Dr. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones and I will be featured at
Fifty Shades of the Blues: Song, Soul, and Sexuality @
OUT at CHicago History Museum
January 31, 2013
Cocktails, appetizers, and live blues
Cost: $15, $10 members and students.
Katherine Davis and her trio will sing blues favorites!
#13. River See Workshop/Experiment
Produced by The Theater Offensive
3PM – 4PM on Saturday January 26th and Sunday January 27th, 2013
United South End Settlements/Harriet Tubman House
566 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA.
(Boston’s South End, at the corner of Columbus and Mass Ave)
Sharon Bridgforth – Conductor.
Djola Branner – See.
Nia Witherspoon – Singer.
Robbie McCauley – Witness.
Singer – Nia Witherspoon
Performers: Zohar Fuller, Christina Twicken, Camille Owens, Nancy McGee, Wendy Kinal, Camille Owens, Antonieta Gimeno, Lise Brody, Kaamila Mohamed.
More about River See HERE.
I’m soooo happy that I’ll be attending the National Performance Network Annual Meeting in Philadelphia 12/13-12/17 2012!!
Dr. Jill Dolan is bringing me to PRINCETON! 12/12/2012! Details sooncome.
River See Experiment
Links Hall in Collaboration with South side Community Art Center and The Theatre School at DePaul University.
Featuring: Sharon Bridgforth – Conductor. Sonja Parks – See. Deeply Rooted Dance Company. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones. Additional Performers TBA.
Omi Osun Joni L. Jones – Witness
Post show talk Facilitator: Omi Osun Joni L. Jones
@ South Side Community Art Center
3831 South Michigan Avenue. Chicago, IL.
12/5/12 & 12/6/12 7PM
Open to the public. RSVP HERE.
I am Blessed to say that I will be on a panel Chaired by
E. Patrick Johnson, with Ramon Rivera-Servera, Marlon Bailey, Charles Nero and Omi Osun Joni L. Jones at
the 2012 ASA Conference in PUERTO RICO!!
November 16, 2012 4-5:45PM. Details HERE.
I will be a guest in Dr. Robin Bernstein’s class at HARVARD on 11/12/2012!
River See Workshop
Pillsbury House Theatre (MLPS)
Sharon Bridgforth – Conductor. Sonja Parks – See. Mankwe Ndosi & Aimee Bryant – Singers. With: Mire Regulus, Molly Van Avery and Rebecca Frost
November 7, 2012 3PM.
I am proud to say that I will be reading at:
MANGOS WITH CHILI
BELOVED: A Requiem for Our Dead
because we refuse to forget you
Performance ♥ Community Altar Building ♥ Celebration of Life and Legacy
Saturday, November 3, 2012
The Living Room Project
1919 Market St. Oakland
$10-$20 sliding scale * wheelchair and chemically accessible * no one turned away for lack of funds
River See Workshop
Diaspora Vibe Gallery (Miami)
October 5 & October 6, 2012
River See Embodied Conversation
The Theater Offensive (Boston)
Evening Dinner/Demo and Dialogue
9/17/12 Closed Sharing.
River See Workshop
New Dramatists (NYC)
River See Workshop
Links Hall with Columbia College Dance Center
@ The Dance Center of Columbia College
1306 South Michigan Avenue, Studio 202
Closed sharing 9/4/12 & 9/6/12.
July 26 – July 29, 2012:
I’m a proud to say that I will be returning to work with NAKED STAGES at Pillsbury House in MLPS. Naked Stages is a program for emerging artists under the direction of Laurie Carlos. More about Naked Stages HERE.
Thanks to Kimberly Dark/I’ll be teaching at Cal State’s Summer Arts Program
(Monterey Bay) July 2012. You don’t have to be a student to apply. More HERE.
I am reading on program with Kimberly Dark July 18. The reading is open to the public. More
I will be presenting at::Bodies in Space:: Conference
May 11th and 12th of 2012, the Hemispheric South/s Research Initiative and the Center for Literature and the Environment at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The Keynote address will be given by: Dr. Jennifer Brody. HERE.
I’ll be on program with a posse of Loved Ones including Carl Hancock Rux and Erik Ehn at Soul Central Love Melt: A benefit for Erik Ehn’s Soulographie Performance Cycle
Sunday, April 29 at 7:00PM
at (LaMama) La Galleria
6 East 1st Street
New York, NY 10003
(btw Bowery & 2nd Ave)
Dr. Vershawn Ashanti Young is teaching both the bull-jean stories and love conjure/blues. He is bringing me to University of Kentucky to do a presentation on 4/16/12. Details HERE.
April 13,2012 3PM
I’m reading on program with M. Shelly Conner at UIC
In the 2012 One-on-One Reading Series
English Department seminar room (UH2028)
I will be participating in the 2012 Black Lavender Experience at Brown University (4/4-4/8). Thank you Dr. Elmo Terry. I love this annual gathering/can’t wait! More HERE.
I’ll be a Keynote speaker for the
Feminist Action Project Conference
8PM March 31, 2012
Utopia Theatre, School of Social Work,
University of Texas Austin
1925 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX, 78712
I’m proud to say that I’m facilitating a workshop for Roots and River Productions on 3/23/12 in NYC.
March 20, 2012 7PM
Berman Museum 016
Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA
Presented by S.U.N. & Multicultural Services
(Thanks Patricia Schroeder!)
I am proud to say that I am one of the playwrights participating in New Dramatists Nocturnal Commissions fundraiser
3/19/12 @ 6:30PM
New Dramatists, New York
Theatre Offensive here I come!! Myself and Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewife’s Alec Mapa be receiving the “Out On The Edge Award” at The Theater Offensive’s ClimACTS!2012 – Guilty Pleasures March 16, 2012 6:30PM.
I will Conduct a short excerpt of my work-in-progress, “River See,” featuring Omi Osun Joni L. Jones at P.OW. W.O.W. Inc. @ Jeffrey Pub in Chicago on 3/13/12 7041 S Jeffery Blvd. Chicago, IL. Door Opens 7:30 pm. Show Starts 8:30 pm $5. More HERE.
I am participating in One World, curated by Erik Ehn at Brown University.
March 1-4, 2012. Details HERE.
Duriel Harris is bringing me in to read at a Salon at:
The McLean County Arts Center
601 N. East St., Bloomington, IL
2/18/12 Noon-5PM. LOTS of great artists on program!!
I’m thrilled to say that I’ll be on MPAACT’s Winter Solo Jams Panel
February 8, 2012 @ 8PM. More HERE.
Myself, Ramon Rivera-Servera from Northwestern, Mark Jeffery from SAIC are serving as responders for, Queer Community: A Performance Process
January 24th, at 6PM (FREE) in the Daley Building at 14 E. Jackson in the performance space (LL102). The event is Curated by Kimberlee Perez and Dustin Goltz, and is sponsored by The College of Communication, The LGBTQ Studies Minor, and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity.
Rumble Arts Center 3413 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL http://rumblearts.com
I have the Blessing of being in conversation with Baraka de Soleil and Yessica Gamboa Guerrero at “Night of Insight: Re-Frame: Communing”.
I’ll be on Francesca Royster’s Queer Performace: Space, Bodies, and Movement(s) panel at MLA Friday, 6 January, 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 620, WSCC . More HERE.
I am proudly serving as Resource Playwright for this year’s December New Dramatists Play Time Lab!!
The Playwrights are: Tanya Barfield, Marcus Gardley, Rob Handel, Dan LeFranc and Chiori Miyagawa. WOOHOO!! More at: HERE.
11/18/11 I’ll be working with performers in Heidi Coleman’s class. Dr. Coleman is Director of University Theater, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Theater and Performance Studies @ University of Chicago.
Windy City Queer will hit the stands November 2011.
I’ll be reading at the following book parties:
Women & Children First Bookstore, Chicago
Thursday, November 3, 2011 7:00 p.m
P.O.W. W.O.W., Inc.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 7:00 p.m.,
7041 S. Jeffrey Blvd., Chicago
Friday, March 2, 2012
Windy City Queer AWP Reading & Reception
Film Row Cinema
1104 S. Wabash
Windy City Queer
LGBTQ Dispatches from the Third Coast
Edited by Kathie Bergquist
The University of Wisconsin Press
LGBTQ writing from Chicago featuring poetry, memoir, fiction, and essays by Edmund White, Achy Obejas, Sharon Bridgforth, Brian Bouldrey, E. Patrick Johnson, Carol Anshaw, David Trinidad, Mark Zubro, Kay Barrett, Coya Paz, C. C. Carter and many others!
I am one of the presenters at Penn State’s, “Celebrating African American Literature: Race, Sexual Identity, and African American Literature.” Setp. 30 – Oct. 1, 2011. See the full list of presenters and more info HERE.
I will be a Keynote Speaker at Butch Voices in Oakland, August 18 – 21, 2011.
I will be at ATHE in Chicago participating on:
Queer Performance, Transnationalism, and Re-Memory in the Flesh with Francesca Royster, Laila Farah, Misty DeBerry, and Kimberlee Perez.
August 13, 2011 11:30 am – 1:00 pm.
The Jazz Aesthetic: The Next Moment for Black Theatre for panel with Dr. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones
August 12, 2011 from 5:15pm – 6:45pm.
I’ll be giving a keynote speaker 5:15PM 8/10/11
LGBTQ ATHE pre-conference gathering: A Queerer Time, A Queerer Place: Memory, Archives, Testimony, History. Details HERE.
More about ATHE HERE.
I will be facilitating creative process with Naked Stages at Pillsbury House in MLPS July 28-Aug 2, 2011. Naked Stages is a development program for emerging artists under the direction of Laurie Carlos. More www.pillsburyhousetheatre.org/PillsburyHouseTheatre/NakedStages/tabid/2253/Default.aspx HERE.
I will be presenting June 20-24 Evanston IL
Black Feminist Performance Summer Institute
Department of Performance Studies, Northwestern University.
I’ll be participating in C. C. Carter’s Butch Bois Chronicles
Friday, June 3rd 6PM
Mexican Museum of Fine Art, Chicago, IL
Produced by POW-WOW and Chicago Foundation for Women Lesbian Leadership Council.
I will be doing a short reading at:
dandelions in the concrete: a night of healing art and creative interventions
DePaul University, SAC pit (Schmidt Academic Center at 2320 N. Kenmore Ave)
Building Communities, Ending Violence invites you to a night for collective healing and transformation through storytelling, art, music, performances, poetry & an open mic.
Free and open to the public. Dinner will be served.
Friday, May 13th, 2011
5-7 p.m. — Enjoy art-making station! View awesome art displays by local artists! Free and fun photobooth! Sliding-scale massage! Aromatherapy! Information tables!
7-10 p. m. — Open mic and performances featuring Sharon Bridgforth, Aleya Crable, Misty DeBerry, Jessica Havens, Laila Farah, among other community members, performers, poets and artists!
I will be doing a reading at Oberlin College
8pm at Afrikan Heritage House on Thursday May 5th.
I’ll be on panel with K Bradford and friends at the community dialogue and screening of K’s film White Out: the Outing of Whiteness 5/2 7PM-8PM at Columbia College – Ferguson Hall, 600 S. Michigan, 1st Floor.
1801-A South First St. Austin, TX 78704
Phone: (512) 416-8885 http://www.resistenciabooks.com
PODER (People Organized in Defense of the Earth and her Resources) presents Poesía Mujer: an evening of cantos celebrating International Women’s Day featuring poetas/activistas de Austin. The event will feature: Sharon Bridgforth, Susana Almanza, Janie Rangel, Carole Metellus, Carmen Llanes, Courtney Morris, Leticia Fonseca, Ishrat Kundawala, Chandra Washington, Andrea Melendez, & special guest Enrique Cabrera.
I am the 2010 2012 Visiting Multicultural Faculty Member for The Theatre School at DePaul University (TTS).
I am the Theatrical Jazz Aesthetic Institute (2011 – 2012), produced by The Theatre School at DePaul and Links Hall. Details HERE.
In addition to teaching at TTS DePaul, Winter quarter, 2012, I had the honor of teaching a Solo Performance Course at the University of Chicago, Theatre and Performance Studies. More HERE.