Sharon Bridgforth’s theatrical jazz works combine African-American traditions with mindfulness, resulting in culturally and spiritually rich performances. She is a resident playwright at New Dramatists
, and producer, founder, and curator of the Theatrical Jazz Institute. Her 2014 work River See
takes place on a riverboat just before the first Great African American Migration of 1910. In it, the past, present, and future converge through stories, leading a young girl named SEE to answer her true calling. She has developed the Finding Voice Facilitation Method, which was published in Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic: Art, Activism, Academia, and the Austin Project
(University of Texas Press, 2010). The method helps artists find their full power as art makers. Her work has been supported by Creative Capital, MAP Fund, and NPN Creation Fund, among others. Currently, she is building dat Black Mermaid Man Lady
, which engages communities in block parties, workshops, oracle card readings, performance installations, and home building projects.