We are very pleased to welcome EM Lewis to our client roster at The Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency.
E. M. Lewis is an award-winning playwright, librettist, and teacher of playwriting. She was a finalist for the 2014 Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship. She received the Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University in 2010-2011, and a fellowship from the New Jersey State Arts Commission in 2012. She won the ATCA/Steinberg Award for her play “Song of Extinction,” which also received the Ted Schmitt Award for Outstanding Writing of a World Premiere Play from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle. She won the Primus Prize for her play “Heads.” Her work has been produced around the world, and is published by Samuel French.
In 2014, Lewis premiered two new plays — “The Study (or Reading to Vegetables)” at University of Washington in Seattle, and “The Gun Show” at 16th Street Theater in Chicago. “The Study” went on to a further production at Independence Community College, where Lewis spent nine weeks working on a new play and teaching during a residency at the William Inge Center for the Arts. “The Gun Show” had its west coast premiere at Moving Arts in Los Angeles in November/December 2014 (extending into January 2015), and went on to a third production at Passage Theater in Trenton in January/February 2015.
Lewis wrote the libretto for her first opera last year, as a resident artist in American Lyric Theater’s 2013-2014 Composer Librettist Development Program; “The Resurrection Engine,” developed with composer Evan Meier, premiered at Symphony Space in New York City in June. She and Evan have been invited to continue on with the program for two more years, and are now working on a new family-friendly opera together.
Other projects in 2014 included a week acting as host playwright and teaching a playwriting workshop for the Ashland New Plays Festival. An evening of her short plays entitled “Dance Me to the End of Love” was produced by the DramaDogs in Santa Barbara, California. Her plays were studied in theater classes at the University of Notre Dame and University of Arizona. “Infinite Black Suitcase” was produced at Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut. She had readings of her epic work-in-progress “Magellanica” at Project Y in New York City, Moving Arts in Los Angeles, and the Inge Center in Kansas, and workshopped the play at TimeLine Theater in Chicago in December.
Please check out her full website.
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