Sharon Bridgforth, a Doris Duke Performing Artist, is a writer that creates ritual/jazz theatre. A 2020-2023 Playwrights’ Center Core Writer, Sharon is a New Dramatists alumnae and has received support from Whitman Institute, Creative Capital, MAP Fund, and the National Performance Network. Her work has been featured at: New York’s SummerStage Festival; Rites and Reason Theatre’s Black Lavender Experience at Brown University, Links Hall; allgo: a Texas Statewide QPOC Organization; and The Performing Blackness Series at The University of Texas at Austin’s John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies. 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/The Show premiered at Pillsbury House Theatre in Minneapolis, MN in June 2018, and dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Performance Installation premiered at allgo in Austin, TX in August 2018.
Sharon has served as dramaturg for the Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center Initiative’s (CCI) Choreographic Fellowship program. She has been Artist In-Residence for: The NoVo Foundation; Thousand Currents; 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.
Sharon is 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. Sharon’s publications include: love conjure/blues and Lambda Literary Award winning the bull-jean stories. Sharon is co-editor, with Omi Osun Joni L. Jones and Lisa Lynn Moore, of Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic: Art, Activism, Academia, and the Austin Project. Sharon’s River See Theatrical Jazz Performance Installation script is published in Obsidian Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, Issue 43.1; delta dandi is published in solo/black/woman: scripts, interviews and essays; and The love conjure/blues Text Installation is in Blacktino Queer Performance. More at: http://sharonbridgforth.com.