Sharon Bridgforth

Resident Playwright

2009 -- 2016

Sharon Bridgforth is a writer working in the theatrical jazz aesthetic. She collaborates with actors, dancers, singers and audiences live during performance as she composes moving soundscapes of her non-linear texts. A resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2009, Bridgforth has been a touring artist since 1993. She is currently touring, River See, which is supported by the MAP Fund, the National Performance Network Commission Fund and presenting partners in five states. Bridgforth has been Artist In-Residence at universities around the country including: the University of Iowa’s MFA Playwrights Program; The Theatre School at DePaul University; The Department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University; and Intercollegiate Women's Studies of the Claremont Colleges. Her work has been presented at venues including the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the 2010 New York SummerStage Festival.

Bridgforth’s publications include the RedBone Press, Lambda Literary Award winning, the bull-jean stories and Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic: Art, Activism, Academia, and the Austin Project, which she co-edited with Dr. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, and Dr. Lisa Lynn Moore, University of Texas Press. Bridgforth’s performance script, delta dandi is published in solo/black/woman, Northwestern University Press, Eds. E. Patrick Johnson and Ramon Rivera-Servera. She is one of the subjects in: Dr. Matt Richardson’s The Queer Limit of Black Memory - Black Lesbian Literature and Irresolution, The Ohio State University Press; Ana-Maurine Lara’s essay ‘i think i might be broken’: The Reconstitution of Black Atlantic Bodies and Memories in Sharon Bridgforth’s Delta Dandi in Diasporic Women’s Writing of the Black Atlantic
(En)Gendering Literature and Performance
Edited by Emilia María Durán-Almarza, Esther Álvarez López
Series: Routledge Research in Atlantic Studies; and Dr. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones’s forthcoming, Theatrical Jazz: Performance, Ase And The Power Of The Present Moment, The Ohio State Press, Spring 2015.

ND Activity
  • Creativity Fund

    Creativity Fund

    The Creativity Fund blends the flexibility of a one-day play reading with the intensive focus of a two-week workshop, providing ten to fifteen playwrights per year the opportunity to program three to five day workshops on an ad hoc basis. Creativity Fund workshops are structured according to each writer's needs at any stage of development and are funded through a lead grant from the Andew W. Mellon Foundation.

Playwright Buzz

September 2, 2014

River See Theatrical Jazz Performance Installation in Boston

River SEe
River See Theatrical Jazz Performance Installation
National Performance Network Performance Residency at
The Theater Offensive in Boston
Written and Composed (Live) by Sharon Bridgforth
Featuring: Sonja Parks, Djola Branner, Mankwe Ndosi & Nyx Zierhut.
Thursday 11/13/14 - Opening at 7 PM
Friday 11/14/14- Show at 8 PM
Saturday 11/15/14 - Show at 8 PM
Sunday 11/16/14 - Show at 2 PM

May 20, 2014

River See World Premiere

River See

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.

September 11, 2013

The Adventures of HoneyPot & Dem

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.

July 26, 2013

River See Premiere

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.
Ensemble TBA.
Details sooncome.
Meanwhile stay tuned at

July 8, 2013

River See on USA Projects

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.
River See

January 8, 2013

River See Workshop Production

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
(Post-performance reception)

April 19, 2012

Pillsbury House Theatre Received a 2012 MAP Fund Award for Sharon Bridgforth's, "River See."

The MAP Fund awarded Pillsbury House Theatre (MLPS) a grant in support of Bridgforth's new work, River See!

April 19, 2012

Sharon Bridgforth Receives National Performance Network Creation Fund Award

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!

Contact Info

Sharon Bridgforth
2275 19th Ave., Apt. 11
San Francisco, CA 94116

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