dat Black Mermaid Man Lady

Sharon Bridgforth is writer and theater artist who uses her practice as a vehicle for social justice.

Artist Bio

Centered in African-American artistic and cultural traditions, dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Home supports the creation of spaces that activate communal wisdom and self-determination. dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Home is partnering with the South Minneapolis based Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association to provide mentorship to a cohort of five to seven Minneapolis based emerging artists of color. The cohort will receive guidance on how to navigate the lending process with their income streams, and will work closely with the City of Lakes Community Land Trust to learn about the Land Trust model as they move toward home ownership. Work began in May of 2018 and includes Sharon’s mentorship of the cohort. The cohort will create and share new works that arise from the visions, ideas and learnings within the cohort process, and Sharon will share an excerpt from dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Performance Installation – a collaboration between herself, her daughter Sonja Perryman, and Walter Kitundu.

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Sharon Bridgforth presents “dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Home” at the 2016 Creative Capital Retreat

Sharon Bridgforth

Los Angeles, CA

Sharon Bridgforth is writer and theater artist raised by African-American Southerners who migrated to Los Angeles looking for a better life. Mentored by artists who use art as a vehicle for social justice, in the nineties she became a community organizer working to bring HIV services and testing to local communities. Interested in collaborating with actors, singers, dancers and visual artists in what she calls theatrical jazz, Bridgforth brings it all together in a life-encompassing works, like in her Creative Capital project dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Home, which, like her own upbringing, has traveled the country.

Bridgforth is a Duke Performing Artist and has received awards from MAP Fund, and the National Performance Network Creation Fund. Her work has been presented by Links Hall, Pillsbury House Theatre, The New Black Fest, and New York SummerStage Festival.