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
10:21 am
Wed October 24, 2007

Conductor Nicholas McGegan--Founding Theater Companies--Figure Painter Antonio Mancini

Nicholas McGegan

Nicholas McGegan, conductor, talks about his Philadelphia Orchestra program of Haydn and Mozart.

Three Philadelphia theater founders discuss what it takes to start a company in the region.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art explores the unique works of nineteenth-century figure painter Antonio Mancini.

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Creatively Speaking
10:39 am
Sat October 20, 2007

Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes--The Suzanne Roberts Theater--The Treatment of William Penn

Leif Ove Andsnes

Leif Ove Andsnes, pianist, discusses his latest projects, including a new recording with the Artemis Quartet.

The Philadelphia Theater Company moves into its new home, the Suzanne Roberts Theater.

Conservator  David Cann of Moorland Studios in New Jersey  discusses the cleaning and treatment of Alexander Calder's <i>William Penn</i>, one Philadelphia's  most beloved landmarks.

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Creatively Speaking
9:45 am
Sat October 13, 2007

Mari Yoshihara--Paul Taylor's Company B--Tenor Matthew Polenzani--Independence Starts Here

Mari Yoshihara

Mari Yoshihara: Author of <i>Musicians from a Different Shore</i> examines role of Asians in classical music world.

Paul Taylor's <i>Company B</i> headlines Pennsylvania Ballet's season opener with dances set to music by The Andrews Sisters, Bach, and Shostakovich.

Tenor Matthew Polenzani on his role in the Opera Company of Philadelphia's <i>Rigoletto</i>.

Mimi Kenney Smith, coordinator of Independence Starts Here: A Festival of Disability Arts and Culture.

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Creatively Speaking
9:22 am
Thu October 4, 2007

An Encyclopedia of Classical Music--The Arts in Criminal Justice--Degas and Japanese Art

The NPR Listener's Encyclopedia of Classical Music

Ted Libbey: Author of The NPR Listener's Encyclopedia of Classical Music.

Philadelphia hosts the first Arts in Criminal Justice National Conference. Jane Golden, conference organizer and Philly's Mural Arts Program director, discusses role of the arts in criminal justice.

Degas and the Art of Japan, at the Reading Public Museum, explores the influence of Japanese art on French impressionist Edgar Degas.

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Creatively Speaking
10:47 am
Sat September 22, 2007

Christoph Eschenbach--River Of Gold: Pre-Columbian Treasures from Sitio Conte--The Playwright

Christoph Eschenbach

Christoph Eschenbach: The Philadelphia Orchestra's music director.

River Of Gold: Pre-Columbian Treasures from Sitio Conte, an exhibition at the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology showcasing artifacts discovered during the 1940 Penn excavation of a Panama cemetery

The job of a playwright (part of a continuing theater series) featuring Philly writers Thomas Gibbons, Bruce Graham, and Michael Hollinger.

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Creatively Speaking
10:20 am
Sat September 8, 2007

Anne Ewers, Kimmel Center--Gershwin to Gillespie--Dramaturgy--Postwar German Art at PMA

Anne Ewers

Anne Ewers: New President of Philadelphia's Kimmel Center

Michener Art Museum in New Hope's exhibition <i>Gershwin to Gillespie: Portraits in American Music</i>

Four dramaturges from Philadelphia theaters (part of a continuing series)

Philadelphia Museum of Art curator Carlos Basualdo on postwar German exhibition <i>Notations: Kiefer, Polke, Richter</i>. 

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Creatively Speaking
11:00 am
Thu September 6, 2007

The Quaker City--Ensemble at the ICA--Zoological Gardens at the Philadelphia Zoo

Forgotten Philadelphia: Lost Architecture of the Quaker City by Thomas Keels

Historian Thomas Keels: Author of <i>Forgotten Philadelphia: Lost Architecture of the Quaker City</i>.

<i>Ensemble</i>, a group exhibition of works that make sound at Philadelphia's Institute of Contemporary Art.

The Philadelphia Zoo, the nation's oldest zoological gardens, has expanded and changed its mission to  reflect contemporary times.

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Creatively Speaking
3:33 pm
Sat August 18, 2007

James Undercoffler--Philadelphia Public Art--The Artistic Director

James Undercofler

 James Undercoffler: The Philadelphia Orchestra's new president.

Public art in Philadelphia and the 100-year-old Fairmount Park Art Association.

A review of Marlborough Music Festival.

The role of the artistic director in theater (part of a continuing series) includes interviews with Terry Nolen of the Arden Theatre, the Philadelphia Theatre Company's Sara Garonzik, and Robin Marcotte from Hotel Obligado.

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Creatively Speaking
12:29 pm
Sat August 11, 2007

Kimmel Center--Wilma Theater--Independence Hall--The Camden Children's Garden

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Philadelphia's Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts: A Profile.

Profiles of: The Wilma Theater located on Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts.

Historic Independence Hall.

The Camden Children's Garden. 

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Creatively Speaking
9:37 am
Sat July 28, 2007

Nathaniel Kahn Documentaries--The President's House at Independence Mall--Sand Sculpting

Nathaniel Kahn
Credit: Michal Manas

Documentary filmmaker Nathaniel Kahn: My Architect and Two Hands: The Leon Fleisher Story.

The excavation of the President's House at Independence Mall and the complicated nature of archeological digs in urban settings.

The gritty world of sand sculpting at the annual Cape May Amateur Sand Sculpting Contest.

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