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
12:53 pm
Sat February 10, 2007

Vladimir Jurowski, conductor

A conversation with conductor Vladimir Jurowski. Jason Peifer: Masonic Temple of Philadelphia--one of Philadelphia's architectural gems. Susan Lewis: Opera Company of Philadelphia, Porgy and Bess.

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Creatively Speaking
4:54 pm
Sat February 3, 2007

Pennsylvania Ballet's Giselle

Pennsylvania Ballet's "Giselle." Jason Peifer Philadelphia New Play Festival. We speak with two teenagers who help parents navigate their families through local cultural events. Susan Lewis: Temple Theater--"The Importance of Being Earnest."

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Creatively Speaking
2:09 pm
Sat January 27, 2007

Daniel Garber at the Pennsylvania of the Fine Arts

Daniel Garber at the Pennsylvania of the Fine Arts and the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown. Susan Lewis looks at a celebration of 150 years of the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. Jason Peifer visits Art-Reach, part of its mission is to help underserved audiences experience arts and culture.

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Creatively Speaking
10:41 am
Sat January 13, 2007

Haddonfield Symphony

Haddonfield Symphony's latest performances. Susan Lewis on Ella Fitzgerald. Jason Peifer: Arden Theater Dex and Julie Sittin' in a Tree. CultureFiles at GoPhila.com: James Michener Art Museum.

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Creatively Speaking
2:55 pm
Sat December 9, 2006

Kimmel Center 5th Anniversary

This week, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts celebrates its 5th anniversary; we examine how it's changed the city's cultural landscape. Susan Lewis looks at a new public art project in Manayunk that celebrates and reinterprets a local tradition for socializing on stoops.; We look at a new project at the Delaware Art Museum that uses technology to tell new stories about art. Jason Peifer speaks with the creators of This Is the Week That Is, the latest show from 1812 Productions that explores the tradition of political humor.

Creatively Speaking
3:23 pm
Sat December 2, 2006

How Local Artists Reinterpret a Japanese Childhood Tradition

This week, a look at a new exhibition that shows how local artists have reinterpreted a Japanese childhood tradition; Susan Lewis checks back with contestants in the Project 21 film competition as they near the end of their three-week long production schedule; Jason Peifer explores the popularity of jukebox musicals and visits the Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington as they stage "Sam Cooke: Forever Mr. Soul."; In our regular exploration of the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com, we visit the Shoe Museum at Temple University's School of Podiatric Medicine.

Creatively Speaking
10:23 am
Sat November 25, 2006

Helen Grimaud

This week, a conversation with Helene Grimaud; Jason Peifer examines the health of theater in the Philadelphia Region; Albert Stumm looks at changes in arts education in Public Schools; In our regular look inside the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com, Susan Lewis explores Fireman's Hall.

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Creatively Speaking
10:54 am
Sat November 18, 2006

Thomas Eakins

Efforts are now underway to keep Thomas Eakins' iconic painting The Gross Clinic in Philadelphia. We speak with those leading the charge; Jason Peifer explores The Tales of Hoffmann from Temple University Opera Theater. The production is based on the newest edition of the 19th century opera, which incorporates 24 previously undiscovered pages from Composer Jacques Offenbach's original score; and, Susan Lewis looks at a new film-making contest. Project 21 gives competitors just 21 days to create a complete new work-but with a twist.

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Creatively Speaking
3:14 pm
Sat November 11, 2006

Ed Harris

This week, a conversation with the actor Ed Harris. He's the star of a new Copying Beethoven, a fictional retelling of the great composer's last years. Susan Lewis looks at how non-profits are reinventing commercial movie houses as neighborhood cinemas for art films and documentaries. We look at one man's collection of films and his efforts to share these celluloid treasures with the viewing public, many of which without him, would have vanished. Jason Peifer provides a glimpse into the Pig Iron Theater Company's process of developing new work.

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Creatively Speaking
1:42 pm
Sat November 4, 2006

Jane Golden

This week, a conversation with Philadelphia Mural Arts Program Director Jane Golden. A new book documenting the programs recent successes has just been published; Jason Peifer looks at the role of theater set designers; Susan Lewis examines how we define fine art photography; and in our regular exploration of the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com we visit the Historic Fallsington.

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