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
2:09 pm
Sat June 28, 2008

The State of Local Arts--Art of Nandalal Bose--Kutztown Folk Festival--Composer Harry Donald Hewitt

Annapurna, 1943, Nandalal Bose, Indian, Wash and tempera on paper, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, 4794

Jim Cotter hosts a round-table discussion recorded at the Kimmel Center. The panelists are Kimmel Center President and CEO Ann Ewers, Philadelphia Theater Company Producing Artistic Director Sara Garonzik, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe Producing Director Nick Stuccio, and Pennsylvania Ballet Executive Director Michael Scolamiero.

Susan Lewis reports on a new Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibition of the work of Nandalal Bose, a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi. The artist is widely considered as India's father of modern art.

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Creatively Speaking
1:04 pm
Tue June 17, 2008

Mark Dion at Bartram's Garden--Americans for the Arts Annual Convention--Demuth Museum in Lancaster

Aviariste, 1912, Charles Demuth, watercolor on paper, Demuth Museum Collection

Jim Cotter speaks with artist Mark Dion. He's just spent seven months retracing a four-year voyage made by the celebrated botanist William Bartram in the 1770s. An exhibition of art Dion created from objects found on his journey opens at Bartram's Garden in West Philadelphia this week.

Susan Lewis looks at the intersection of politics, business, and the arts at the annual convention of Americans for the Arts in Philadelphia this weekend.

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Creatively Speaking
1:34 pm
Sat June 14, 2008

Kimmel Center's Ann Ewers--Pottstown Symphony--The Role of Theater Directors--Local Carillons

Carillon at Valley Forge National Historical Park

Jim Cotter speaks with Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts President and CEO Ann Ewers.

David Patrick Stearns on the rise and fall of the Pottstown Symphony Orchestra.

Jason Peifer takes a look at the historic role of the theater director. We'll hear from the Wilma Theater's Blanka Zizka, and Seth Rozin of the InterAct Theatre.

Susan Lewis visits several area carillons; they're large musical instruments consisting of bells that live at the top of tall towers.

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Creatively Speaking
4:35 pm
Sat May 31, 2008

Paul Taylor--West Chester Univ. Poetry--I Have Before Me A Remarkable Document--Brandywine Baroque

David Ingram and Miriam Hyman in I Have Before Me A Remarkable Document Given To Me By A Young Lady From Rwanda
Photo by Mark Garvin

Jim Cotter speaks with the veteran choreographer Paul Taylor. His world-renowned dance company will visit Philadelphia for a series of performances at the Annenberg Center.

Susan Lewis looks at the upcoming West Chester University Poetry Conference, now in its 14th year.

Jason Peifer visits the People's Light & Theatre as it stages I Have Before Me A Remarkable Document Given To Me By A Young Lady From Rwanda. The play was written in response to playwright Sonja Linden's interactions with refugees of the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

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Creatively Speaking
2:39 pm
Sat May 24, 2008

The Historic Boyd Theatre--Settlement Music School's Centennial--The Arden Theatre's Our Town

Boyd Theatre, 1928

Jim Cotter on Philadelphia's Boyd Theater. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has named the art deco building on its 2008 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. It will be sold to a private investor next week who could, under an existing demolition permit, order its destruction.

Susan Lewis looks at Philadelphia's Settlement Music School, now celebrating its centennial.

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Creatively Speaking
12:53 pm
Sat May 10, 2008

Student Exhibitions at PAFA--Cirque du Soleil's Kooza--Reconsidering Telemann

Annual Student Exhibition at PAFA

Jim Cotter takes a walk through the Annual Student Exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Jason Peifer visits the Cirque du Soliel village in Philadelphia, as the Quebec-based company stages their latest touring work, Kooza, on the Avenue of the Arts.

Susan Lewis considers 18th century German Baroque composer Georg Philipp Telemann, said to be the most prolific composer in music history.

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Creatively Speaking
4:05 pm
Sat May 3, 2008

Conductor Christoph Eschenbach -- <em>Eurydice</em> at the Wilma -- Delaware Museum of Art

Christoph Eschenbach

Jim Cotter speaks with Christoph Eschenbach -- now in his final weeks as music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Jason Peifer takes us to the underworld of Eurydice, by Sarah Ruhl, at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia. An original score from Toby Twining was composed for the Wilma's production of the play.

Susan Lewis visits the Delaware Art Museum which uses art to both tell and inspire stories.

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Creatively Speaking
12:14 pm
Sat April 26, 2008

Steve Lopez--Fashioning Kimono at the Philadelphia Museum of Art--Leon Fleisher performs Hindemith

'The Soloist' by Steve Lopez

Jim Cotter speaks with author Steve Lopez.  His story of destitute musician Nathaniel Ayers is being made into a film starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr.

Susan Lewis takes us to Fashioning Kimono: Art Deco and Modernism in Japan, a new exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to Leon Fleisher's performance of Paul Hindemith's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand with Christoph Eschenbach conducting the Curtis Symphony.

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Creatively Speaking
12:30 pm
Fri April 11, 2008

Benjamin West--Lyric Fest--Benjamin Rush's Birthplace--The Philadelphia Antiques Show

The Fatal Wounding of Sir Philip Sidney, Benjamin West, 1805 Oil on canvas

Jim Cotter visits the Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill to explore the work of Benjamin West a colonial-era superstar artist.

Susan Lewis considers Lyric Fest and its upcoming recital of songs written by composers with Philadelphia connections.

Historian Thomas Keels delves into the 1960s destruction of the birthplace of Benjamin Rush; Philadelphia's forgotten founding father.

Jason Peifer takes us to the 47th Annual Philadelphia Antiques Show.

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Creatively Speaking
10:53 am
Thu April 3, 2008

Philadelphia Museum of Art--Pianist Yuja Wang--Eastern State Penitentiary--Cherry Blossom Festival

Liberty Series: A Dream of Birds, 2007, by Katie Baldwin

We look ahead to a new exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art featuring the works of some talented, young, local artists.

Philadelphia Inquirer music critic David Patrick Stearns profiles pianist Yuja Wang. The fast-rising star is the soloist when the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields performs at the Kimmel Center next week.

Susan Lewis visits historic Eastern State Penitentiary, now planning the renovation of a synagogue within its walls.

Jason Peifer looks ahead to the year's Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia.

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