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
11:45 am
Sat September 2, 2006

Bryant Simon

As the summer season comes to a close, we pay a final visit to the Jersey shore. We'll speak with Temple University history professor Bryant Simon. He's the author of Boardwalk of Dreams - Atlantic City and the Fate of Urban America. Susan Lewis explores a movement to preserve the so-called DooWop Architecture in Wildwood. We visit Lucy the Elephant in Margate, and Jason Peifer explores Cape May's vibrant theater scene.

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Creatively Speaking
9:28 am
Sat August 19, 2006

The CultureFiles at GoPhila.com

Favorites from the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com, featuring visits to some of our regions great cultural destinations. As it approaches its 5th anniversary, we tour the Kimmel Center. Jason Peifer visits the Wilma Theater. Susan Lewis explores Independence Hall, and we spend a sunny afternoon at the Children's Garden in Camden.

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Creatively Speaking
9:52 am
Sat August 12, 2006

Derek Gillman

This week, a conversation with Derek Gillman, the newly appointed President of the Barnes Foundation. Gillman's written a book called The Idea of Cultural Heritage. Jason Peifer examines the art craft and science of set design, and Susan Lewis takes a look at the world of fine art photography. In our regular exploration of the CultureFiles section of GoPhila.com we visit Historic Fallsington.

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Creatively Speaking
3:16 pm
Sat August 5, 2006

The Irish Tenors

This week we speak with The Irish Tenors, who are in Philadelphia this week to perform at the Mann Center. Jason Peifer explores the role of the Theater critic. We speak with James Undercoffler. He takes up the presidency of the Philadelphia Orchestra this month. And in our regular exploration of the CultureFiles section of GoPhila.com we speak with Bernard Cywinski, the creator of Philadelphia's most visited attraction; the Liberty Bell Center.

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Creatively Speaking
11:04 am
Sat July 29, 2006

Lucy the Elephant

July is one of the wettest months in this region. If you've discovered this while down the shore recently or are planning a trip soon, you should check out the next Creatively Speaking! for some activities ideas away from the beach! We visit Lucy the Elephant in Margate to learn about her past and see what's on the inside of this 125 year-old attraction; Wildwood is using a 1950's musical label to name and protect the town's distinctive 50's urban landscape.

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Creatively Speaking
10:07 am
Sat July 22, 2006

Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music

We revisit four recent features from the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com. We look back at the history of Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music. We'll take a walk through Doylestown's James A. Michener Art Museum, while Susan Lewis visits the Rosenbach Museum & Library and the Fairmount Water Works.

Creatively Speaking
4:15 pm
Sat June 10, 2006

The Wagner Free Institute of Science

We visit the Wagner Free Institute of Science in Philadelphia. It's just won a national award for innovation in education for doing things the old-fashioned way! Susan Lewis explores truth, memory, and the murkiness of memoir with artists from this week's First Person Arts Festival. And in our regular exploration of the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com, Jason Peifer visits the Wilma Theater.

Creatively Speaking
4:15 pm
Sat June 3, 2006

Philadelphia's Civil War and Underground Railroad Museum

On this week's Creatively Speaking! with Jim Cotter, we listen back to four recent features from the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com. We'll visit Philadelphia's Civil War and Underground Railroad Museum. Almost thirty years after they created Franklin Court, we take a tour of the 1976 "ghost house" with architects Robert Venturi and Denise Scott-Brown. Susan Lewis visits Camden's Adventure Aquarium and explores Historic Yellow Springs.

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Creatively Speaking
3:01 pm
Sat May 27, 2006

The Cape May Music Festival

We're 'down the shore'. Susan Lewis takes a look at the Cape May Music Festival. We speak with Temple University history professor Bryant Simon. He's the author on Boardwalk of Dreams--a history of Atlantic City. Jason Peifer examines Cape May's vibrant theatre scene and we pay a visit to the Noyes Museum in Oceanville.

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Creatively Speaking
3:11 pm
Sat May 20, 2006

Daughters of Genius

Jason Peifer takes a look at Daughters of Genius, a new comedy from 1812 Productions in Philadelphia. The play is about 17th century poet, John Milton, and his three daughters. Susan Lewis finds her way to The Salon, an underground concert series of classical, jazz and multicultural new music with an increasingly large following. And in our regular exploration of the CultureFiles section of GoPhila.com, we visit the neighbors at Elfreth's Alley, the oldest continuously inhabited street in the nation.

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