Bridgette  A Wimberly 

Bridgette is an award winning poet, playwright, and librettist who has been commissioned and produced by several theaters Off-Broadway and across the country including The Alliance Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Karamu Theatre, Kuntu Repertory Theatre, Manhattan Theater Club, Opera Philadelphia, St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre, and The Women’s Project. 

Her plays have been published by Samuel French and included in the anthologies of “Cherry Lane Theatre Mentor Project, volume One” 2014; Smith and Kraus “Best 10 Minute Plays 2010” and “Best Plays by Women 2001”; and the Women’s Project and Productions “A Theatre for Women’s Voices” 2003. Her poems are published in six anthologies of poetry by the poetry group Cave Canem from 1999 to 2008. She has been on the Board of Directors at Cherry Lane Theatre, the longest running Off-Broadway Theatre, for ten years. She recently became a lifetime member of The Ensemble Studio Theatre, is a New York Foundation for the Arts Artspire Artist, and a member of The Dramatists Guild.

Bridgette first play “Saint Lucy’s Eyes” starring Ruby Dee received three AUDELCO Awards, a Kesslering nomination for best new play, and a Lucille Lortel nomination for best actress. For “Forest City”, commissioned and produced by the Cleveland Play House, she received a Proclamation from the City of Cleveland honoring her for capturing part of the city’s history. “The Separation of Blood”, commissioned by The Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Science Foundation, was produced by Kuntu Repertory Theatre in 2007 and won the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Public Health’s ‘Healthy Black Family Award’. On April 14, 2011, Tony Award winning actors James Earl Jones, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Roger Robinson with Linda Powell and Olivia Ford performed a reading of “The Separation of Blood” at The Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York as part of their First Light Festival. It was workshopped at Arena Stage (where Drew's 90+ year-old sisters attended), Cleveland Play House, Karamu House, and Saint Louis Black Repertory Theatre. 

Bridgette received an Appreciation Award in 2009 from Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Going to the River.  This award recognized her contribution, continued support and efforts to serve women playwrights. The River Crosses Rivers festival produced fourteen short plays including a new play by Ruby Dee. Bridgette’s short play “Rally”, part of this production, is published in “The Best 10 Minute Plays of 2010” by Smith and Kraus. Bridgette’s commissioned libretto Charlie Parker’s Yardbird about Jazz giant Charlie Parker, Jr., for Opera Philadelphia had its World Premiere in June 2015 to critical acclaim starring world renowned tenor Lawrence Brownlee and soprano Angela Brown.  It opens in New York in 2016 season at the world famous Apollo Theatre as part of a citywide celebration of this jazz great life.

Bridgette was part of the 2006/08 Women’s Project Producers’ Lab, a member of Lincoln Center Theatre’s Directors Lab where she produced four satellite productions in collaboration with the Lab, A Manhattan Theatre Club Fellow, A Cherry Lane Theatre Mentor Project fellow with Wendy Wasserstein as her mentor, and a member of the poetry group Cave Canem. She is also the recipient of fellowships/Awards from The New York Foundation for the Arts (Poetry), The New York Urban Arts Initiative, and the Harlem Arts Alliance.