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
9:33 am
Thu June 18, 2009

Painter Elizabeth Osbourne--A Visit to Winterthur Museum--Hidden City Philadelphia Arts Festival

Elizabeth Osborne
Blaze III, 2004
Oil on canvas; 60 x 60 in.
Courtesy of Locks Gallery, Philadelphia

Jim Cotter speaks with Elizabeth Osborne. The veteran painter is the subject of The Color of Light, a new exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Susan Lewis visits the Brandywine Valley's Winterthur Museum and Country Estate, the former home of collector and horticulturalist Henry Francis DuPont.

And Jason Peifer visits the Hidden City Philadelphia Arts Festival. The month-long event brings performing and visual art to historic architectural gems in the Philadelphia area.

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Creatively Speaking
9:34 am
Thu June 11, 2009

Actor Yves Jacques--Philadelphia's Swedish Origins--Community-Based Public Art--Composer David Lang

Jim Cotter speaks with French-Canadian actor Yves Jacques. He stars in the East Coast premiere of Robert Lepage's latest one-man show, The Andersen Project.

Jason Peifer explores Philadelphia's Swedish origins with a visit to the American Swedish Historical Museum.

Susan Lewis explores the power of community-based public art in a newly completed Fairmount Park Art Association project in North Philadelphia.

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Creatively Speaking
10:13 am
Tue June 2, 2009

David Hayes--Secret Lenape Ancestry--The Rape of Lucretia--Independence Seaport Museum

Ceremonial Lenape Meesing ring from Penn Museum's Fulfilling a Prophecy exhibition

Jim Cotter speaks with Philadelphia Singers Music Director David Hayes. His group is hosting the Chorus America Conference - the annual gathering of choirs and choral groups from around the country.

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

David Patrick Stearns previews the latest production from the Opera Company of Philadelphia. Baritone Nathan Gunn and tenor William Burden star in Benjamin Brittens' The Rape of Lucretia.

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Creatively Speaking
3:30 pm
Thu May 28, 2009

Nemours Mansion--Napoleon Exhibition--German Violinist Isabelle Faust--Let's Pretend We're Married

Jason Peifer visits the Nemours Mansion and Gardens in Wilmington, DE. The 300-acre estate was home to the industrialist and philanthropist Alfred I. duPont and recently completed a $39 million restoration.

As the National Constitution Center opens its new show on Napoleon, Susan Lewis explores the "French connection" between America and the Emperor of early 19th century France.

David Patrick Stearns profiles Isabelle Faust. The German violinist performs the Brahms Violin concerto in concerts with The Philadelphia Orchestra this week.

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Creatively Speaking
10:27 am
Wed May 20, 2009

Maestro David Robertson--Possible Cutbacks in PA Arts Funding--Handcrafted Metalwork in Phila.

Jim Cotter speaks with David Robertson. The Music Director of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra conducts The Philadelphia Orchestra in three concerts this week.

As Pennsylvania lawmakers work on the state budget, WRTI's Susan Lewis looks at how the Commonwealth funds arts and culture, and the possible consequences of threatened cutbacks.

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Creatively Speaking
12:09 pm
Thu May 14, 2009

Month of Moderns--Juried Show at Woodmere Art Museum--Kensington's Arts Scene--Penn Treaty Park

David Patrick Stearns previews The Month of Moderns - a series of concerts by the chamber choir The Crossing.

Susan Lewis explores the Woodmere Art Museum's 69th Annual Juried Exhibition.

We have two reports from the Kensington section of Philadelphia:

Jason Peifer previews this weekend's Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby in Philadelphia. In conjunction with the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival, the event highlights the growing arts scene in the Kensington neighborhood.

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Creatively Speaking
3:06 pm
Fri May 1, 2009

PA Ballet's Tango with Style--Landis Valley Museum--Author Steve Lopez' The Soloist

The film version of Steve Lopez's The Soloist is now in movies theaters

Susan Lewis considers the variety in ballet today, as Pennsylvania Ballet prepares to open a new program headlined by a work titled Tango with Style.

Jason Peifer visits the Landis Valley Museum in Lancaster County. The "living history" village and farm collects, preserves, and interprets the culture of the Pennsylvania German rural community from 1740 to 1940.

We listen again to Jim Cotter's interview with LA Times writer Steve Lopez. The movie adaptation of his best-selling book The Soloist has been released to critical and popular acclaim.

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Creatively Speaking
9:07 am
Wed April 22, 2009

Thomas Chimes--Independence Seaport Museum--Cezanne & Beyond at PMA--L'Enfant at les Sortilges

Contemporary artist Thomas Chimes died on April 20th at age 88

We remember Thomas Chimes who died this week at age 88. He was one of Philadelphia's most respected contemporary artists.

Jason Peifer delves into the history of tattoos and body art with a visit to a new exhibition at the Independence Seaport Museum. Skin & Bones explores the beliefs, mysteries, and traditions of the tattoo in American maritime culture.

We listen again as Susan Lewis visits Cezanne and Beyond at The Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Creatively Speaking
3:55 pm
Thu April 16, 2009

Maestro Rossen Milanov--Something Intangible--The Audition--Free Library of Philadelphia Festival

The new documentary film goes behind-the-scenes at the Met Opera's National Council Auditions.

Jim Cotter speaks with Rossen Milanov. He conducts both Camden's Symphony in C with Astral Artists, and The Philadelphia Orchestra in upcoming concerts at the Kimmel Center.

Jason Peifer visits the Arden Theatre as it opens Bruce Graham's Something Intangible, the Arden's 30th world-premiere play. We'll hear about the career of the Philadelphia playwright.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns previews The Audition, a documentary exploring how the Metropolitan Opera finds new talent. The film features AVA artists Angela Meade and Michael Fabiano.

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Creatively Speaking
2:30 pm
Fri April 10, 2009

Painted Metaphors of the Ancient Maya--Juxtapose--The Elusive Hindemith--Marian Anderson Museum

A Mayan Chama Vase, one of more than 150 objects in the new Penn Museum exhibition.

Jason Peifer visits 'Painted Metaphors: Pottery and Politics of the Ancient Maya' at the Penn Museum. The exhibition features 1,300-year-old pottery from the highlands of Guatemala.

Susan Lewis looks at 'Juxtapose,' a new program by Phila.'s contemporary dance company, Jeanne Ruddy Dance. It features a premiere by world-renowned choreographer Martha Clarke.

Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns explores the latest developments in the story of a Paul Hindemith piano concerto, and how the only copy of the piece came to be found in rural PA.

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