“A child of the African-American Great Migration, I came of age during assassinations, riots, the civil rights and Black power movements, and Soul music. I strive to queerly/embody the unbending dignity, commitment to community, self-determination and Love of Black cultures that was modeled for me. Writing is my way of using the page as a canvas to hold the music/that is Black language. In bringing that music to life, my longing is to be as good at activating stories as my family. All of my work is a conjure in honor of them.”
A 2023 United States Artists Fellow, 2022 Winner of Yale's Windham Campbell Prize in Drama, Sharon Bridgforth is 2020-2023 Playwrights’ Center Core Member, a 2022-2023 McKnight National Fellow and a New Dramatists alumnae. She has received support from The Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, Creative Capital, MAP Fund and the National Performance Network. Her work is featured in Volume 110, No. 4, Winter 2022 of The Yale Review, Teaching Black: The Craft of Teaching on Black Life and Literature, Mouths of Rain an Anthology of Black Lesbian Thought, Feminist Studies Vol 48 Number 1, honoring 40 years of This Bridge Called by Back and But Some of Us Are Brave! Sharon's new book, bull-jean & dem/dey back (53rd State Press 10/2022) features two performance/novels that will be produced by Pillsbury House + Theatre in Minneapolis 2022/2023.
A 2023 United States Artists Fellow and 2022 Winner of Yale's Windham Campbell Prize in Drama, Sharon Bridgforth is a writer that collaborates with actors, dancers, singers, visual artists and audiences to install moving soundscapes of her ritual/jazz texts. Her work is featured in Dr. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones's book, Theatrical Jazz: Performance, Àṣẹ, and the Power of the Present Moment, Volume 110, No. 4, Winter 2022 of The Yale Review, Teaching Black: The Craft of Teaching on Black Life and Literature edited by Ana-Maurine Lara and drea brown, Mouths of Rain an Anthology of Black Lesbian Thought edited by Briona Jones, and the creative contribution section of Feminist Studies Volume 48 Number 1 honoring 40 years of This Bridge Call my Back and But Some of Us Are Brave! curated by Alexis Pauline Gumbs. Sharon's new book, bull-jean & dem/dey back (53rd State Press 10/2022) features two performance/novels that will be produced by Pillsbury House + Theatre in Minneapolis 2022/2023.
A New Dramatists alumnae, Sharon is a 2020-2023 Playwrights’ Center Core Member, a 2022-2023 McKnight National Fellow and has received support from The Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, Creative Capital, MAP Fund, and the National Performance Network. A touring artist since 1993, Sharon’s work has been featured at: New York’s SummerStage Festival; Rites and Reason Theatre’s Black Lavender Experience at Brown University, The New Black Festival at The Lark, Pillsbury House + Theatre, The University of Texas at Austin’s John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies and Links Hall. Sharon’s dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Home - a Creative Capital project - launched in Minneapolis, MN May 2018 in partnership with Molly Van Avery, City of Lakes Community Land Trust and the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association. dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Performance Installation premiered at allgo in Austin, TX in August 2018 and dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/The Show premiered at Pillsbury House Theatre in Minneapolis, MN in June 2018, and is streaming on Twin Cities PBS (Episode #131).
A MAP Fund Scaffolding for Practicing Artists Coach, Sharon is a long time member of Pangea World Theater and Art2Action's National Institute for Directing and Ensemble Creation. She has served as Artist In-Residence for: Thousand Currents; Brown University’s MFA Playwriting Program; University of Iowa’s MFA Playwrights Program; The Theatre School at DePaul University; The Department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University; and has taught for The University of Texas at Austin African & African Diaspora Studies Department. Sharon was a writer and performer in Amara Tabor-Smith’s REVIVAL: Millennial Remembering in the Afro NOW and was writer, dramaturg and voice over performer for Ananya Chatterjea Dance Theatre's, Dastak: I Wish You Me. She served as a dramaturg for: Marjani Forté-Saunders + Everett Saunders 7NMS; the Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center Initiative’s Choreographic Fellowship program; Maria Bauman-Morales’, Desire: A Sankofa Dream; Ni'Ja Whitson's, Dark Matter Cypher Residency of The Unarrival Experiements; Rebecca Mwase & Ron Ragin's workshop of Vessel's at June Bug Productions; and was Embedded Writer for Marjani Forte-Saunders’s Memoirs of a…Unicorn residency at Florida State University in Tallahassee at the The Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography in partnership program with the Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center Initiative’s (CCI) Choreographic Fellowship program.
Sharon is Executive Producer and host of, Who Yo People Is, a podcast series that gives space to artists whose work and artistic practices are rooted in serving our communities through healing/Spiritual and cultural traditions - centered in Love. Thanks to funding from Solidaire Networks’ Black Liberation Pooled Fund Sharon and her wife, Dr. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones have created Called By Water, which includes a cohort of people of African descent gathered to use ancestral exploration, somatic insights, creative process, truth telling, and Joy making towards the development of a world that leads with Love, generosity, gratitude, and authentic connections of every kind.
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