Bio

A resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2009, Sharon Bridgforth is a 2016 Doris Duke Artist. She collaborates with actors, dancers, singers and audiences live during performance as she composes moving soundscapes of her jazz/ritual texts. Recipient of the MAP Fund and the National Performance Network Creation Fund, Sharon is a 2016 Creative Capital awardee for her project dat Black Mermaid Man Lady,  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, 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. Voted top 25 Favorite LGBT Artists/Campus Pride HOT LIST and Autostraddle’s 100 LGBTQ Black Women You Should Know,  Sharon 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: scripts, interviews and essays, 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: Dr. 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. Sharon's Finding Voice: Virtual Workshop Series course is available online thanks to Baladé Black.