About River See

World Premiere @ Links Hall, Chicago

Set on a juking boat, with blueswomen, queers, deviants and Seers, River See is the prayer before the Great Migration. Experienced through the heart of SEE, a young woman-in-training. River See explores blues stories as living arrangements of jazz. Through an improvisational process that happens during performance/with singers, dancers and audience members, Bridgforth composes a moving soundscape in support of SEE’s story.

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2014 River See Theatrical Jazz Performance Installation
World Premiere @ Links Hall in Chicago 

A National Performance Network (NPN) Residency
Preview: June 19, 7PM
Performances: June 20 -21 7PM,
June 22 3PM, June 27 – 28 7PM, June 29 3PM.
(Post Show Celebration: June 20. solo/black/woman book party @ River See: June 21)

Tickets on sale NOW

River See Theatrical Jazz Installation Tour:
The Theater Offensive in Boston, MA.
River See NPN Residency is set for November 10 – 16, 2014
Performance dates TBA.

River See NPN Performance Residencies @
Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator (Miami) and
Living Arts Tulsa TBA.

Book It HERE.

Check out our Company Manager Arielle Julia Brown HERE.

LISTEN to my 3/14/14 visit on
Trading 4′s – Jazz Blog Talk Radio –
with hosts Drs. Jackie Modeste & Wesley J. Watkins.

Listen To Education Internet Radio Stations with TRADING 4s Drs Modeste and Wes on BlogTalkRadio

River See & Creative Capital’s ARTIST PROJECTS “ON OUR RADAR” HERE.

Press HERE.

LISTEN to our 4/13/13 interview with Bill Cottman on Mostly Jazz, KFAI Radio, MLPS HERE.

River See Research HERE.


River See Sonja from Pillsbury House Theatre on Vimeo.




More than 112 individuals came aboard as partners via River See on USA Projects.
We exceeded our goal/we rasied $20,917!!

The MAP Fund

MAP awarded Pillsbury House Theatre a 2012 grant in support of River See!!!
Our MAP Funded workshop production will take place 4/13/13-4/21/13.
Details HERE.
MAP Fund

National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund

River See is a NPN Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Links Hall in partnership with Living Arts of Tulsa, Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, Pillsbury House Theatre, The Theatre Offensive, and NPN. The Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information: National Performance Network.

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Ellen Stone Belic Institute

River See received funding from
The Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women & Gender in the Arts & Media

Links Hall

I owe a special Sea of THANKS to Roell Schmidt, Director of Links Hall, for believing in me/for midwifing this project to Life. Roell’s hard work and Vision/her Producing skills have put this baby on da road! WOOOHOOO!!
River See lead commissioner, Links Hall has been awarded support from: The National Performance Network Forth Fund; The Theatre School at DePaul University; A 2012 grant from The Albert Pick Jr. Fund; Arts Midwest funds; South Side Community Center; and The University of Chicago Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.

New Dramatists Creativity Fund

River See received development support from New Dramatists Creativity Fund, a program made possible by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The work happened at New Dramatists, NYC, 9/2012.

River See Dramaturge/Emily Morse from Sharon Bridgforth on Vimeo.

This video features River See Dramaturge-Emily Morse, Director of Artistic Development at New Dramatists, speaking about River See at experiment #15 at 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.

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