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sharon bridgforth

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“I believe that through the act of sharing our stories: of opening, of being present while being vulnerable, of revealing who we are/where we come from/what we dream…by trusting ourselves enough to push beyond limits of what we think we know/of following the roads that the right questions can take us on…we can more powerfully, embrace, share, be ourselves. This strengthens our capacity to hear and see one another, to hold space for each other, to connect more authentically, to work together more effectively. Ultimately, these are acts of generosity and compassion. These are things we do to be of greater service. To be ourselves more fully. We do this even if it scares us.” 

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Sharon bridgforth, (she/mermaid) Sharon Bridgforth is a writer that creates ritual/jazz theatre. A 2022 Winner of Yale's Windham Campbell Prize in Drama, Sharon is 2020-2023 Playwrights’ Center Core and a New Dramatists alumnae. She has received support from The Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, Creative Capital, MAP Fund and the National Performance Network. Widely published, her work is featured in Teaching Black: The Craft of Teaching on Black Life and Literature and Mouths of Rain an Anthology of Black Lesbian Thought. Sharon's RedBone Press Lambda Literary award (1998) winning, the bull-jean stories will be produced by Pillsbury House + Theatre in October/November 2022, directed by Signe Harriday. Sharon is Executive Producer and Host of the Who Yo People Is podcast series and her Sharon’s dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/The Show is streaming on the Twin Cities PBS platform.

Sharon has served as 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 has taught for The University of Texas at Austin African & African Diaspora Studies Department, and served as a dramaturg for: the Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center Initiative’s Choreographic Fellowship program; Maria Bauman-Morales’, Desire: A Sankofa Dream; Ni’Ja Whitson’s, Dark Matter Cypher Residency of The Unarrival Experiements; and Rebecca Mwase & Ron Ragin’s workshop of Vessels at June Bug Productions. Sharon was writer and dramaturg for Ananya Chatterjea Dance Theatre’s, Dastak: I Wish You Me; and served as Embedded Writer for Marjani Forte-Saunders’s Memoirs of a…Unicorn residency at Florida State University in Tallahassee at the The Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography in partnership program with the Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center Initiative’s (CCI) Choreographic Fellowship program.

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Sharon is Executive 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.