E. M. Lewis is an award-winning playwright, teacher, and librettist. Her work has been produced around the world, and published by Samuel French.
She received the Steinberg Award for Song of Extinction and the Primus Prize for Heads from the American Theater Critics Association, the Ted Schmitt Award from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle for outstanding writing of a world premiere play, a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, a playwriting fellowship from the New Jersey State Arts Commission, and the 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowship in Drama. She was a finalist for the Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship in 2014. She has worked with theater companies and arts organizations across the country on her plays, including the Lark, the William Inge Center for the Arts, the Ashland New Plays Festival, Page 73, and many more.
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Lewis’ play Now Comes the Night was part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival in Washington DC, and was published in the anthology Best Plays from Theater Festivals 2016. The Gun Show premiered in Chicago in 2014, and has since been produced in more than a dozen theaters across the country, including Coho in Portland and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. It was published in the anthology The Best American Short Plays 2015-2016.
Several of Lewis’ newest plays will be on stage next year: Magellanica will have its world premiere at Artists Repertory Theater in Portland, Oregon in January/February. How the Light Gets In will have a reading in January in the Fertile Ground Festival in Portland, Oregon. A new political play called The Great Divide will have a workshop production at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in the spring. Lewis’ other plays include: Infinite Black Suitcase, Apple Season, The Study (aka Reading to Vegetables), True Story, and You Can See All the Stars (a play for college students commissioned by the Kennedy Center).
In February, a new opera called Town Hall by composer Theo Popov and librettist E. M. Lewis will premiere at University of Maryland’s Maryland Opera Studio. Popov and Lewis were commissioned to write this new socio-political opera by the university for their student singers.
Lewis is continues to work with composer Evan Meier on a full-length, family-friendly opera commissioned by American Lyric Theater called Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Fallen Giant.
Lewis teaches playwriting on a semi-regular basis — most recently an Intro to Playwriting class at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She is looking forward to a five week residency in spring of 2018 at Southern Illinois State University at Edwardsville, where she will be teaching playwriting and working with students on a workshop production of her new play “The Great Divide.”
Lewis was born and raised in rural Oregon, and has recently returned to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She lives on her family’s farm, where she writes full time, travels regularly with her theater work, teaches occasionally, and drives tractor whenever she feels like it.