Sharon and her wife Omi Osun Joni L. Jones are Artists In-Residence with the NoVo Foundation.
Sharon has also been in residence at: Thousand Currents; allgo, a Texas statewide queer people of color organization; Freedom Train Productions; Hedgebrook; Ragdale; Brown University’s MFA Playwriting Program; University of Iowa’s MFA Playwrights Program; The Theatre School at DePaul University; The Department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University and The John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
I believe that life and art are not separate.
That artists document the cultures, places, issues and times we live in.
Who are you? Where are you from? Who are your people? What are your traditional art practices? What is the story you’ve never told? What is the price of telling it? Who do you love? Who loves you?
I am interested in how collective consciousness and history impact the realities that shape these questions.
I am proud that I am still living my life’s mission of offering art as a transformative tool, a way to heal,
to bridge communities beyond disparaging constructs.
I have worked to be healthy, whole and clear in the process.
My career is made of my flesh offerings,
and the prayers prayed before me.
It is the topography of my healing.
I choose to Dream. To Love. To say Yes.
I offer my work as service...for those who will never speak their truth
for those who will never read the books that could save their lives
for those who are not safe enough to dream
for the silent/suffering.
For those whose stories I tell
for those on whose shoulders I stand
for those on the way
for my child/self within.
For all our relations.