Bio

Sharon is a 2016 Doris Duke 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 and the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies. Sharon is Artist In-Residence at Thousand Currents and has served in residence at: 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. 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 The love conjure/blues Text Installation is in Blacktino Queer Performance. 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 JazzPerformance, Àṣẹ, and the Power of the Present Moment, The Ohio State Press, 2015. She and Omi Jones co-wrote an essay titled, Black Desire, Theatrical Jazz, and River See, which is published in TDR/The Drama Review, Winter 2014, Vol. 58, No. 4.  Sharon is currently developing, dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Home