E.M. Lewis

E. M. Lewis is an award-winning playwright, teacher, and opera librettist. Her work has been produced around the world, and published by Samuel French. Lewis 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, the 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowship in Drama, and an Edgerton Award for the world premiere of her epic Antarctic play Magellanica at Artists Repertory Theater. Plays by Lewis include: How the Light Gets In (a semi-finalist for the O’Neill that premiered at Boston Court Pasadena in 2019), Apple Season (which received a rolling world premiere from the National New Play Network in 2019), The Gun Show (which has had more than forty productions across the country and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland), Infinite Black Suitcase, Reading to Vegetables, True Story, Dorothy's Dictionary, and You Can See All the Stars (a play for college students commissioned by the Kennedy Center). Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Fallen Giant, a new opera commissioned by American Lyric Theater that Lewis created with composer Evan Meier, had an orchestral workshop in New York City in February 2020. Her opera Town Hall, created with composer Theo Popov, was commissioned and premiered by University of Maryland’s Maryland Opera Studio, and subsequently produced at Willamette University. Lewis is currently working on a big, new history play called The Great Divide, commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as part of their American Revolutions program, and co-commissioned by Artists Repertory Theater, where she is a resident artist. Lewis is a proud member of LineStorm Playwrights and the Dramatists Guild. She lives on her family’s farm in Oregon.