Sharon Bridgforth

Performing Arts, 2016

Sharon is a 2016 Doris Duke Performing Artist and a 2016 Creative Capital Awardee. A New Dramatists alumnae, Sharon collaborates with actors, dancers, singers and audiences live during performance as she composes moving soundscapes of her ritual/jazz texts.  A MAP Fund and National Performance Network Creation Fund recipient, her work has been presented by Links Hall, Pillsbury House Theatre, The New Black Fest and New York SummerStage Festival. She has served in residence at: International Development Exchange; allgo, a Texas statewide queer people of color organization; Brown University’s MFA Playwriting Program; University of Iowa’s MFA Playwrights Program; The Theatre School at DePaul University; and The Department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University. Publications include: love conjure/blues; Lambda Literary Award winning the bull-jean stories; and Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic: Art, Activism, Academia, and the Austin Project. Sharon’s delta dandi, is published in solo/black/woman and River See is published in Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, Spring Issue 43.1.Sharon is currently touring, dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/The Show and dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Performance Installation.

Awards and Accomplishments

2016: Doris Duke Artist Award

2016: Sharon wins $10,000 from The Whitman Institute