Susan Lewis

Arts & Culture Reporter

Susan is an arts and culture reporter for WRTI. She contributes weekly features to Creatively Speaking with Jim Cotter, produces arts news, and works as a news anchor.

She is also a freelance essayist, journalist, and speechwriter who has written about Philadelphia for Insight Guides and Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation's Culture Files.  A former columnist for Philadelphia Magazine, she is the author of Reinventing Ourselves after Motherhood and a book of essays. Her work has appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Child Magazine, Parents Magazine, Reader's Digest and Ladies' Home Journal (Parents Digest).

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Susan is also a lawyer, with a B.A. in Philosophy from Trinity College, Connecticut, and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.  She has practiced law in New York City and taught entertainment law at Rutgers Law School in Camden.

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Creatively Speaking
12:16 pm
Fri January 29, 2010

Let's Pretend We're Married--Philagrafika 2010--Wicked Phila & the Story of Occultist George Lippard

Let's Pretend We're Married, starring Tony Braithwaite and Jennifer Childs, will be at the Independence Foundation Black Box at The Prince Music Theater from February 2nd to 14th.

Jim Cotter speaks with Jennifer Childs and Tony Braithwaite. Let's Pretend We're Married, the hit show they created for 1812 Productions, returns to the Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia. It will run from February 2 to 14th.

Susan Lewis considers Philagrafika 2010, a Philadelphia-wide international art show celebrating the role of the print in contemporary art.

And as part of a companion series to a new book called Wicked Philadelphia, Tom Keels tells the story of the 19th-century occultist George Lippard.

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Creatively Speaking
9:42 am
Sat January 23, 2010

Phila. Orch. Principals--Phila. Theatre Co.'s GOLDEN AGE--Healing War Veterans--PRISM Quartet's 25th

PRISM Quartet is celebrating its 25-year anniversary. Members include Matthew Levy, Timothy McAllister, Zach Shemon, and Taimur Sullivan.

Jim Cotter speaks with Philadelphia Orchestra principal harp Elizabeth Hainen, and principal cello Hai-Ye Ni. Both are soloists in upcoming concerts under Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos.

Susan Lewis takes us to the Golden Age, a new play by Terrence McNally. The Philadelphia Theater Company production premieres January 22.

Jim Cotter speaks with Gala True, a Veterans Administration medical anthropologist studying the use of story telling techniques found in folklore and oral history projects, to help heal Afghan and Iraq war veterans.

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Creatively Speaking
3:30 pm
Fri January 15, 2010

River North Chicago Dance Co.'s Artistic Director--Time for Three--Wicked Phila.--Video Art at ICA

Jim Cotter speaks with Frank Chaves, Artistic Director of River North Chicago Dance Company. The company is performing in Philadelphia this week as part of a tour celebrating its 20th anniversary season.

David Patrick Stearns reviews the latest recording by the trio Time for Three, and speaks with the group.

In the second part of a companion series to a new book called Wicked Philadelphia, Tom Keels tells the story of the 19th-century occultist George Lippard.

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Creatively Speaking
1:12 pm
Sat January 9, 2010

Jennifer Higdon on the Beatles--FRIEND OR FAUX at the Rosenbach Museum--The Impact of Starbucks

We listen back as David Patrick Stearns explores the digitally remastered CD of the Beatles' Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with composer Jennifer Higdon. Higdon cites the Beatles as a major influence on her work.

Susan Lewis visits Friend or Faux, an exhibition at the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia exploring the value of copies and forgeries.

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Creatively Speaking
11:47 am
Tue December 29, 2009

Philly's 'Perfect Square'--Secret Lenape Ancestry--Skin & Bones--Mischianza

Jim Cotter speaks with Nancy M. Heinzen about her recently published history of Rittenhouse Square, The Perfect Square.

Susan Lewis takes us to Penn Museum's exhibition about generations of Pennsylvanians who kept their Lenape identity secret for two centuries.

Jason Peifer delves into the history of tattoos and body art with a visit to an exhibition at the Independence Seaport Museum.

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News and Views
10:56 am
Mon December 21, 2009

Family Theater During the Holidays: Not Just for Kids!

Creatively Speaking
1:24 pm
Thu December 17, 2009

Phila. Orch.'s Concerts with Double Bassist Emilio Gravagno--Arschile Gorky at PMA--Penn Treaty Park

Veteran double bassist Emilio Gravagno plays his last concerts as a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra this week.

Jim Cotter speaks with Emilio Gravagno. The veteran double bassist plays his final concerts as a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra this week.

Susan Lewis visits the Philadelphia Museum of Art's retrospective on the 20th-century artist Arshile Gorky, whose work is seen as a bridge between surrealism and abstract expressionism.

Tom Keels takes us to Penn Treaty Park. The site celebrates a late 17th-century agreement between William Penn and local Native Americans that made possible the founding of Pennsylvania.

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Creatively Speaking
1:58 pm
Fri December 11, 2009

Walker Plays w/the Phila. Orch.--Phoenixville's Firebird Fest--TU Courses Encourage Arts Discovery

American composer George Walker

Jim Cotter speaks with the celebrated American composer George Walker. The Philadelphia Orchestra premieres his violin concerto this week with Gregory Walker, the composer's son, as soloist.

Susan Lewis previews weekend festivities in Phoenixville. Its annual Firebird Festival is a celebration of rebirth.

And we speak with Temple University's director of general education Terry Halbert. New Gen-Ed programs are bringing thousands of students into arts and culture venues throughout Philadelphia.

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Creatively Speaking
1:10 pm
Thu December 3, 2009

Conductor Yannick Nezet Seguin--Local Offerings in Family Theater--The History of Rittenhouse Square

Yannick Nezet Seguin is, at least for now, the conductor most likely to be the Philadelphia Orchestra's next music director.

David Patrick Stearns speaks with Yannick Nezet Seguin, who is, at least for now, the conductor most likely to be The Philadelphia Orchestra's next music director.

Susan Lewis explores local offerings in family theater, and discusses different approaches to the form at the Arden, People's Light, and Lantern theaters.

Jim Cotter speaks with Nancy M. Heinzen. Her history of Rittenhouse Square - The Perfect Square - has just been published by Temple University Press.

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Creatively Speaking
9:32 am
Wed November 25, 2009

Virtual Tour of Barnes Foundation's New Home--Society Hill Playhouse at 50--Artist Jamie Wyeth

As the Barnes Foundation begins construction on its new home on the Ben Franklin Parkway, we take a virtual tour of the new building with its creators.

Susan Lewis profiles Society Hill Playhouse in Philadelphia. Founded in 1959 to showcase modern theater, it celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year.

And we listen back to a recent interview with the artist Jamie Wyeth. His series of paintings exploring the "Seven Deadly Sins" are now on view at the Brandywine River Museum.

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