Resident Playwright2009 -- 2016
Sharon has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2009. She has been Artist In-Residence at institutions around the country including: International Development Exchange; allgo, a statewide queer people of color organization; the University of Iowa’s MFA Playwrights Program; The Theatre School at DePaul University; and The Department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University. Sharon is producer, founder and curator of the Theatrical Jazz Institute, produced by The Theatre School at DePaul and Links Hall in Chicago, 2011-2012. Her work has been presented nationally at venues including The Theater Offensive, Links Hall, Pillsbury House Theatre, The New Black Fest and the New York SummerStage Festival. She is the RedBone Press author of love conjure/blues and the Lambda Literary Award-winning the bull-jean stories. Her performance script delta dandi, is published in solo/black/woman, Eds. E. Patrick Johnson and Ramon Rivera-Servera, Northwestern University Press, 2014. Sharon, Omi Osun Joni L. Jones and Lisa L. Moore are co-editors of Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic: Art, Activism, Academia, and the Austin Project, University of Texas Press. Sharon is one of the subjects in: Matt Richardson’s, The Queer Limit of Black Memory – Black Lesbian Literature and Irresolution, The Ohio State University Press; Francesca Royster’s Queering the Jazz Aesthetic: An Interview with Sharon Bridgforth and Omi Osun Joni Jones, in Volume 25, Issue 4, December 2013, Journal of Popular Music Studies. and Omi Osun Joni L. Jones’s Theatrical Jazz: Performance, Àṣẹ, and the Power of the Present Moment, The Ohio State Press, 2015. For more go to: http://riversee.com.
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
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!