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
12:18 pm
Sat April 21, 2007

Rossen Milanov

This week, a conversation with Rossen Milanov. The artistic director of the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Center has created an innovative program for the ensemble's summer season. Susan Lewis takes us to the LA Theatre Works' touring production of The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial. The radio play adapted for the stage come to Philadelphia this week. Jason Peifer visits Pennsylvania Ballet as they prepare to open their latest production, Modern Masters. We'll hear from the creators of Lambarena, a work combining classical ballet and West African dance.

Creatively Speaking
10:50 am
Sat April 14, 2007

Robert Jaeger, Executive Director of Partners for Sacred Places

A conversation with Robert Jaeger, Executive Director of Partners for Sacred Places; Jason Peifer takes a look at the legacy of Bertolt Brecht as The Wilma Theater opens a new production of The Life of Galileo; Susan Lewis takes a look at the history of musical theater.

Creatively Speaking
4:13 pm
Sat April 7, 2007

Robert Capanna, Executive Director of Settlement Music School

A conversation with Robert Capanna, Executive Director of Settlement Music School, celebrating its 100th anniversary; Susan Lewis considers the role of the Philadelphia Film Festival in the city's cultural community; Jason Peifer visits the Masonic Temple of Philadelphia.

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Creatively Speaking
12:15 pm
Sat March 31, 2007

Daniel Gerber Exhibitions

Daniel Gerber at the Pennsylvania of the Fine Arts and the James A. Michener Art Museum. Susan Lewis: American Composers Orchestra. We look at one man's collection of films. Jason Peifer examines the role of the costume designer in theater.

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Creatively Speaking
2:28 pm
Sat March 24, 2007

Roxanna Panufnik, composer

We speak with Roxanna Panufnik the composer of a work commissioned to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia. Jason Peifer visits the Pig Iron Theater Company as they prepare to open their newest show, Chekhov Lizardbrain. A conversation with nationally renowned broadcaster and musician Bill McGlaughlin--recipient of this year's Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance Tribute Award. Susan Lewis takes a look at the Greenfield Competition: The Philadelphia Orchestra's annual contest for young musicians.

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Creatively Speaking
1:01 pm
Sat March 17, 2007

Simone Dinnerstein

A conversation with Simone Dinnerstein. Susan Lewis looks ahead to Bach Festival Week. Jason Peifer explores quilting, on National Quilting Day. We explore the Center for Emerging Visual Artists.

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Creatively Speaking
1:57 pm
Sat March 10, 2007

Charles Dutoit, Chief Conductor, Philadelphia Orchestra

A conversation with Charles Dutoit, chief conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2008; Susan Lewis reports on Pennsylvania Ballet's brand new work based on Carl Orff's Carmina Burana; Jason Peifer takes a look at a theater company that recently relocated to Philadelphia after losing their New Orleans home to Hurricane Katrina.

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Creatively Speaking
1:06 pm
Sat March 3, 2007

Eduard Schmieder directs iPalpiti

Eduard Schmieder, the Temple's Boyer School of Music and Dance, professor directs iPalpiti. Susan Lewis reports on Intercultural Journeys, a Philadelphia based nonprofit that this month brings together Arab and Jewish musicians. Jason Peifer examines the role of the sound designer in theater productions.

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Creatively Speaking
12:16 pm
Sat February 24, 2007

Thomas Chimes Retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

A conversation with Thomas Chimes: the subject of a new retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Jason Peifer speaks with the creators and producers of several family-oriented productions in Philadelphia. Susan Lewis looks at neighborhood art film houses.

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Creatively Speaking
4:56 pm
Sat February 17, 2007

Julian Rachlin, violinist

A conversation with Julian Rachlin. Susan Lewis explores the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia. Jason Peifer takes a look at "Holding Up: A New Prison Legacy."

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