Artist Bio

Cheryl Lynn Bruce

Cheryl Lynn Bruce

(Bio as of February 2012)

Cheryl Lynn Bruce most recently appeared at the Goodman in The Convert during the 2011/2012 Season. She made her professional debut in the Goodman’s production of Death and the King’s Horseman, written and directed by Wole Soyinka. Subsequent Goodman productions include The Dreams of Sarah Breedlove; Melanctha; Cry, the Beloved Country; Black  Star Line and Trojan Women. Other Chicago credits include The Great Fire and Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession at Lookingglass Theatre Company; Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s productions of Everyman (A Moral Play), Intimate Apparel, Nomathemba (Hope) and The Grapes of Wrath, which played on Broadway, at London’s National Theatre and at La Jolla Playhouse; The Snow Queen, The Voice of Good Hope and Eurydice at Victory Gardens Theater and Flyin’ West at Court Theatre. For her work in Northlight Theatre’s production of From the Mississippi Delta (also at Arena Stage, Hartford Stage and Circle in the Square Theater) she won the Helen Hayes Award, a Jeff Award and a Connecticut Critics Circle Award. Regionally, Ms. Bruce has appeared in Harriet Jacobs and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Gem of the Ocean at The Ensemble Theatre and The Story at Milwaukee Repertory Theater.  Film and television credits include Prison Break; There Are No Children Here; Separate But Equal; To Sir, with Love II; Stranger Than Fiction; Daughters of the Dust and The Fugitive. Ms. Bruce was inaugural fellow of the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media at Columbia College Chicago. Additional distinctions include the 2010 Jane Addams Hull House Association’s Woman of Valor Award and a 3Arts Award and unrestricted grant in 2011. Ms. Bruce is currently completing a Yale Research Residency.

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