the bull-jean stories – DirectorFest 2021

Photo credit: video still from the bull-jean stories performed by Ameerah Briggs

About the bull-jean stories

Using traditional storytelling and nontraditional verse to chronicle the course of love returning in the lifetimes of one woman-loving-woman named bull-dog-jean, the bull-jean stories give cultural documentation and social commentary on African-American herstory and survival. Set in the rural South of the 1920s, the bull-jean stories herald the spirit of African-American people.  

SIGNE V. HARRIDAY (Director) (she/her) is a fierce visionary and powerful storyteller who crafts theatre that awakens our individual and collective humanity. As a director, multidisciplinary artist, activist, and facilitator, she uses theatre as a catalyst to ask questions about who we are and who we are in relation to others. Co-founder of MaMa mOsAiC, a women of color theater company whose mission is to evoke positive social change through female centered work. Co-founder of Million Artist Movement, a collective of artists committed to Black liberation. Co-founder of the award-winning synchronized swimming team, The Subversive Sirens. Associate Company Member of Pillsbury House Theatre. Founder of Rootsprings Coop, a retreat center for BIPOC artists/activists/healers. She earned her MFA in Acting at the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard and Moscow Art Theatre. Recent credits: Hidden Heroes, and assisting on Floyd’s. Current projects: Director of Dining with the Ancestors, Associate Director of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower, Director of Supadupa Kid, Choreography for Love of Silver Water, Playwright for Dysmorphia.

 SHARON BRIDGFORTH (Playwright) (she/her) A Doris Duke Performing Artist, Sharon Bridgforth is a writer that creates ritual/jazz theatre. Sharon has received support from Creative Capital, MAP Fund, the National Performance Network and is a New Dramatists alumnae. Sharon has served as a dramaturg for the Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center Initiative’s Choreographic Fellowship program and has been in residence with: Brown University’s MFA Playwriting Program; University of Iowa’s MFA Playwrights Program; The Theatre School at DePaul University; allgo, A Texas Statewide QPOC Organization; and The Department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University. Widely published, Sharon is Executive Producer and Host of the “Who Yo People Is” podcast series. The Lambda Award-winning the bull-jean stories was published by RedBone Press in 1998. With support from her 2020-2023 Playwrights’ Center Core Membership Sharon is developing, bull-jean & dem/dey back. More at

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