EM Lewis is grateful for the support and encouragement she has received for her playwriting.  These are some of the institutions that have helped her along the way.

Celebrating "Production of the Year" and "Best Male Actor" Awards at the LA Weekly Awards for "Song of Extinction.

Celebrating “Production of the Year” and “Best Male Actor” Awards at the LA Weekly Awards for “Song of Extinction.


  • ATCA Steinberg Award from the American Theater Critics Association for “Song of Extinction”
  • Primus Prize from the American Theater Critics Association for “Heads”
  • Ted Schmitt Award from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle for “Song of Extinction”


  • 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowship in Drama
  • Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University
  • Playwriting Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts
  • Finalist for the Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship from A Room of Her Own Foundation


  • Masters Degree in Professional Writing – University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in English – Willamette University, Salem, OR


  • LineStorm Playwrights – Portland, OR
  • Dramatists Guild  (served as regional representative for NJ for 2 years)
  • Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights (ALAP)
Ted Schmitt Award from the LADCC for "Song of Extinction"

Ted Schmitt Award from the LADCC for “Song of Extinction”


  • 2013 Dramatists Guild Conference in Chicago, IL  (as Dramatists Guild Representative for the state of New Jersey)
  • Great Plains Theater Conference
  • Last Frontier Theater Conference

Festivals (selected)

  • Humana Festival (to receive ATCA/Steinberg Award for “Song of Extinction”)
  • Ashland New Plays Festival  (winner in 2008, then six years as host playwright)
  • Arkansas New Plays Festival (developing “True Story”)
  • HotCity Greenhouse Festival (developing “Song of Extinction” and “Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday”)
  • Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Short Play Festival  (with “The Incident Report”)
  • EcoDrama Festival at University of Oregon  (1st place for “Song of Extinction”)
  • PlayFest Santa Barbara (developing “True Story”)
  • WithOut Walls Festival at La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, CA (with the Moving Arts’ production of “The Car Plays”)
  • IN10 Festival at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (with “The Edge of Ross Island”)

Theater Companies (selected)

  • Artists Repertory Theater – Portland, OR
  • Coho Theater – Portland, OR
  • TimeLine Theater – Chicago, IL
  • 1st Stage – Tysons, VA
  • Project Y – New York, NY
  • TheatreSquared – Fayetteville, AR
  • Moving Arts – Los Angeles, CA
  • HotCity Theater – St. Louis, MO
  • 16th Street Theater – Chicago, IL
  • Passage Theater – Trenton, NJ
  • The Blank Theater – Hollywood, CA