(Bio as of June 2017)
Cheryl Lynn Bruce has worked on stages across the country as well as in Europe and Mexico. She created the role of Elizabeth Sandry for Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Tony Award-winning production of The Grapes of Wrath, and most recently tackled the title role in Lucas Hnath’s Hillary and Clinton premiere last season. Ms. Bruce has mounted productions for Columbia College, University of Illinois-Chicago, Indiana University, De Paul University and eta Creative Arts Foundation and served as assistant director for Teatro Vista’s Tamer of Horses and A View From the Bridge. She directed Sandra Delgado in Para, Graciela and Misty DeBerry in Milkweed, both solo works she helped develop. She also directed Before the Pop, Pop, Pop for Collaboraction’s Peacebook Festival last summer. Ms. Bruce staged Kerry James Marshall’s urban comic Rythm Mastr at Wexner Center for the Arts and won the African American Arts Alliance and Black Theatre Alliance’s Best Direction awards for From the Mississippi Delta at Congo Square Theatre Company. She scripted The Hypocrisy of Justice for composer and musician Dana Hall’s concert at Chicago Symphony Orchestra; penned The Billboard with Marshall for Victory Garden Theater’s 2016 Gala; and wrote/adapted and directed a dozen plays for Youth Drama Workshop, the Bronzeville summer enrichment program she co-founded and helmed from 1995 to 2007. Ms. Bruce has received a 3Arts Award, a Robert Rauschenberg residency, a Yale Art Gallery residency, a Jane Addams Hull House Association Woman of Valor Award and was the inaugural fellow of the Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media at Columbia College.
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