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
1:58 pm
Thu December 18, 2008

Davyd Booth--Narnia at Franklin Institute--History of Cherry Sisters--Unsilent Night

The Chronicles of Narnia Exhibition at The Franklin

We speak with Philadelphia Orchestra violinist Davyd Booth about the orchestra's annual Glorious Sound of Christmas concerts.

Susan Lewis explores the science in Narnia, an exhibition at the Franklin Institute. The show is based on C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia and movie adaptations.

Jason Peifer talks to the creator and performers of Cherry Bomb: The Worst Act in Vaudeville, from 1812 Productions. The new musical explores the history of the Cherry Sisters and their touring vaudeville act.

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Creatively Speaking
4:56 pm
Tue December 9, 2008

Yannick Nezet-Seguin--The Government Inspector--Philadelphia's Connection with Beer--Andrea Baldeck

Andrea Baldeck, Water Monster Gargoyle on Temple Roof, Photograph, Tibet, 2005

David Patrick Stearns introduces us to Yannick Nezet-Seguin . Philadelphia audiences get their first glimpse of the young French-Canadian conductor as he leads The Philadelphia Orchestra in works by Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky this week.

Jason Peifer visits the Lantern Theater Company as it stages a new adaptation of the classic Nikolai Gogol play, The Government Inspector.

Tom Keels uncovers Philadelphia's history as a brewery town and explores the city's current beer-making renaissance.

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Creatively Speaking
2:59 pm
Wed November 26, 2008

Steve Lopez--Michael Tilson Thomas--The Government Inspector--Settlement Music School at 100

Settlement Music School student Nicole Sauder

We listen back to Jim Cotter's interviews with author Steve Lopez and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.

Jason Peifer visits the Lantern Theater Company as it stages a new adaptation of the classic Nikolai Gogol play, The Government Inspector.

Susan Lewis considers the history of Philadelphia's Settlement Music School and the many lives it has touched in its 100-year history.

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Creatively Speaking
10:35 am
Sat November 15, 2008

Gustavo Dudamel--PA Guild of Craftsmen--Intercultural Journeys--Commonwealth Plaza at Kimmel Center

"Gustavo Dudamel is one of the hottest and youngest conducting properties around." - The New York Times

David Patrick Stearns profiles Gustavo Dudamel. The dynamic young conductor leads the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in a Kimmel Center concert on Wednesday, November 19.

Jason Peifer explores the role and history of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, a 64-year-old organization dedicated to preserving and promoting fine crafts.

Susan Lewis looks at Intercultural Journeys, a group that promotes cross-cultural understanding through music. The Intercultural Journeys ensemble has concerts coming up in Philadelphia and Harrisburg.

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Creatively Speaking
4:20 pm
Wed November 5, 2008

Michael Tilson Thomas--Phila. Improv Festival--Philadelphia Virtuosi--Avenue of the Artists

Philadelphia's Camac Street is home to the Plastic Club and Sketch Club

Jim Cotter speaks with Michael Tilson Thomas. The music director of the San Francisco Symphony and artistic director of the New World Symphony conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra in concerts this week.

Jason Peifer previews the Philadelphia Improv Festival, an annual event that highlights the growth in unscripted comedy in the region.

David Patrick Stearns profiles the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra.

Susan Lewis visits the Sketch Club and the Plastic Club on Philadelphia's Camac Street - the Avenue of the Artists.

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Creatively Speaking
2:19 pm
Wed October 29, 2008

A is for Art Museum--Arts & Quality of Life Research Center--Unusual Acts of Devotion--Angela Meade

A is for Art Museum, by the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Katy Friedland and Marla Shoemaker

Jim Cotter speaks with with Katy Friedland and Marla K. Shoemaker, authors of a new children's book A is for Art Museum. We'll also drop in on an art program for pre-schoolers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Susan Lewis looks at Temple University's Arts and Quality of Life Research Center, where researchers are working to demonstrate links between the arts and physical well being.

Jason Peifer speaks with members of the Philadelphia Theatre Company and playwright Terrence McNally about his latest drama Unusual Acts of Devotion.

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Creatively Speaking
4:50 pm
Sat October 25, 2008

Concertmaster David Kim--PA Ballet In Training--Pianist Andras Schiff--Sacred Harp Singing

David Kim

Jim Cotter speaks with David Kim. The Philadelphia Orchestra celebrates his 10th anniversary as its concert master in a series of performances this week.

As Pennsylvania Ballet prepares to open its 45th season, Susan Lewis looks at the company's summer excursion to a prolific training ground for new dancers in rural Pennsylvania.

David Patrick Stearns profiles Andras Schiff and his current Beethoven sonata odyssey.

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Creatively Speaking
4:50 pm
Sat October 18, 2008

One Book, One Philadelphia--Delaware Art Museum--Traditions of Folk Art--OCP's Fidelio

One Book, One Philadelphia has chosen The Soloist, by Steve Lopez as the 2009 featured book.

Jim Cotter speaks with author Steve Lopez. His story of destitute musician Nathaniel Ayers is this year's selection for One Book, One Philadelphia.

Susan Lewis considers the Delaware Art Museum, a museum of stories with its own tale to tell.

Jason Peifer explores how the skills and traditions of folk art are being passed on through apprenticeships.

David Patrick Stearns takes us to the Opera Company of Philadelphia's production of Beethoven's Fidelio.

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Creatively Speaking
11:27 am
Fri October 10, 2008

Krzysztof Penderecki--In Conflict--The Rebirth of Memorial Hall--Academy of Music in a New Light

Memorial Hall

David Patrick Stearns looks at the life and work of the Polish composer and conductor Krzysztof Penderecki. The Philadelphia Orchestra is celebrating his 75th birthday with a series of concerts.

Jason Peifer reports on the journey of the play In Conflict--from Temple University to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to a current off-Broadway production.

Susan Lewis visits Memorial Hall, a Philadelphia National Historic Landmark now restored and reopening as the new home of the Please Touch Museum.

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Creatively Speaking
4:08 pm
Sat September 27, 2008

The Wanamaker Organ in Concert--In Search of Missing Masters--Stoppard's Rock 'n Roll

Ahead of a historic performance with the Philadelphia Orchestra at Macy's Center City Philadelphia, Jim Cotter speaks with Peter Richard Conte, the Grand Court Organist of the Wanamaker Organ, and co-host of WRTI's Wanamaker Organ Hour.

David Patrick Stearns looks back on the history of the Wanamaker Organ and explores the workings of the world's largest functioning musical instrument.

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