Resident Playwright2009 -- 2016
Sharon Bridgforth, a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2009, is recipient of The Theater Offensive 2012 Out On The Edge Award, and the 2008 Alpert/Hedgebrook Residency Prize. Pillsbury House Theatre (MLPS.) received a 2012 MAP Fund award in support of her current work in-progress, River See. River See is a 2012 National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Links Hall (Chicago), Living Arts of Tulsa, Diaspora Vibe Gallery (Miami), Pillsbury House Theatre (MLPS), The Theatre Offensive (Boston) and NPN. Her piece, blood pudding, was produced in the 2010 New York SummerStage Festival. Bridgforth is the Spring 2014 Playwright in Residence in the University of Iowa’s Playwrights Program. The 2010 – 2012 Visiting Multicultural Faculty member at The Theatre School at DePaul University, Bridgforth received DePaul’s 2012 Stonewall Award for Outstanding Faculty Leader. Bridgforth is 2009 Mellon Artist In-Residence in The Department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University. Her performance piece, "delta dandi" is published in "solo/black/woman, Northwestern University Press. Bridgforth is the author of love conjure/blues and the Lambda Literary Award-winning the bull-jean stories, RedBone Press. She is co-editor of Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic: Art, Activism, Academia, and the Austin Project, University of Texas Press.
Set on a juking boat in the Mississippi Delta, River See takes place mid ritual conjuring a world of blues women, queers, deviants and seers. River See is a prayer before the Great Migration to the North, experienced through the heart of SEE a young woman in training.
There will be a work in progress table reading of Bridgforth's The Adventures of HoneyPot & Dem
at New Dramatists Friday September 20, 2013
Featuring: Daniel Alexander Jones and Kelly Sloan
Bridgforth, Jones and Sloan will be in the bldg. working
September 16-20, 2013
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.
The world premiere of Sharon Bridgforth's River See is set for
June 19-29, 2014 in Chicago, at Links Hall
Featuring: Sharon Bridgforth-Writer/Composer.
Sonja Parks as SEE.
Meanwhile stay tuned at sharonbridgforth.com
Bridgforth's new piece, River See is on USA Projects HERE. ! Set to premiere at Links Hall in Chicago in 2014, River See has received support from the National Performance Network Commissioning Fund, the MAP Fund and the Midwest Arts Touring Fund.
With support from the National Performance Network Creation Fund, Links Hall in Collaboration with University of Chicago Rockefeller Memorial Chapel and The Ellen Stone Bellic Institute For The Study of Women And Gender In The Arts And Media Presents a Workshop Production of River See.
Sharon Bridgforth - Writer/Conductor. Sonja Parks - See.
Additional Performers TBA.
@ UoC Rockefeller Chapel
Rockefeller Chapel, University of Chicago
5850 S Woodlawn Ave. Chicago, IL
3/1/13 @ 7:30pm
Open to the public
The MAP Fund awarded Pillsbury House Theatre (MLPS) a grant in support of Bridgforth's new work, River See!
The National Performance Network (NPN) with Links Hall (Chicago), Living Arts of Tulsa, Diaspora Vibe Gallery (Miami), Pillsbury House Theatre (MLPS), and The Theatre Offensive (Boston) are Commissioning Bridgforth's new work, RIVER SEE through a 2012 NPN Creation Fund Award!