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Cheryl Lynn Bruce

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Cheryl Lynn Bruce has performed on numerous regional stages, as well as in Europe and Mexico. She originated the role of Elizabeth Sandry for Steppenwolf’s Tony Award-winning The Grapes of Wrath (Broadway, National Theatre (UK), La Jolla Playhouse). Film credits include: Stranger Than Fiction; Daughters of the Dust; The Fugitive. Television credits include: Prison Break; There Are No Children Here; Separate but Equal; and To Sir, With Love II. Ms. Bruce directed Pipeline (Victory Gardens) and the recently streamed reading of The Agitators for Remy Bumppo’s current season. A proud Teatro Vista company member, Ms. Bruce directed Sandra Delgado’s La Havana Madrid, which premiered at Steppenwolf Theatre, and subsequent productions (Goodman Theatre, the Miracle Center, Navy Pier’s Lake Stage, The Den Theatre). She co-directed HOPE and assistant directed Tamer of Horses and A View From the Bridge. Awarded a 2015 Rauschenberg residency through a 3Arts fellowship, Ms. Bruce received a Yale University Art Gallery residency in 2011, and received both Jane Addams Hull House Association’s Woman of Valor Award and 3Arts Award for her work as theatre artist and educator in 2010. Named Inaugural Fellow of the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media in 2006 at Columbia College Chicago, Ms. Bruce traveled to Iida, Japan in 2007 to study Bunraku puppetry for her staging of Rythm Mastr, Kerry James Marshall’s urban comic which premiered at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio. Some Ra, her poetical essay on the famed Afro-Futurist, musician and philosopher, is included in Traveling the Spaceways: Sun-Ra, the Astro Black and Other Solar Myths (2009), with editors John Corbett, Anthony Elms, and Terri Kapsalis.

Bio as of 2/2021

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