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
10:44 am
Sat May 6, 2006

Kirstin Chavez, mezzo soprano

This week, we're at rehearsals for the Opera Company of Philadelphia's season ending performance of The Marriage of Figaro to speak with mezzo soprano Kirstin Chavez. Jason Peifer previews The Pirate at the Prince Music Theater. The new musical is a live stage adaptation of a 1949 Vincente Minnelli film starring Gene Kelly and Judy Garland. And Susan Lewis explores the history of music theater.

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Creatively Speaking
4:38 pm
Sat April 29, 2006

Osmo Vänskä

On this week's Creatively Speaking!, a conversation with Vänskä. He's in town to conduct the Philadelphia Orchestra. Jason Peifer visits the Delaware Theatre Company as they stage the premiere of A Murder, A Mystery & A Marriage. The new musical is an adaptation of a Mark Twain short-story. We speak with new President and CEO of the Philadelphia Orchestra, James Undercoffler. We look at a new art exhibit called "Soft Sites" which explores location and takes visitors "on location" from the Institute of Contemporary Art to Historic Bartram's Garden.

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Creatively Speaking
4:57 pm
Sat April 22, 2006

Gary Graffman

A conversation with Curtis Institute of Music president Gary Graffman who retires this year, and incoming president Roberto Diaz. Jason Peifer visits The Wilma Theater as they mount a festival of Caryl Churchill plays. The celebration will include two full productions and readings of five Churchill plays. As the Kimmel Center unveils a new work of art, Susan Lewis explores Philadelphia's history of promoting public art, from classical sculptures to clothespins. In our regular exploration of the CultureFiles section of GoPhila.com, we visit Historic Fallsington.

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Creatively Speaking
9:56 am
Sat April 15, 2006

Lang Lang

We speak with Pianist Lang Lang about his latest recording, Memory, and his upcoming performance at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. Jason Peifer visits the InterAct Theatre Company and talks to artistic director Seth Rozin, the writer of the company's latest production, Reinventing Eden. We look ahead to this weekend's Curtis Institute of Music staged performances of Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring at the Prince Music Theater, and speak with rising star Brenden Gunnell.

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Creatively Speaking
3:58 pm
Sat April 8, 2006

The Curtis Institute of Music

This week, we listen back to four recent features from the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com. We'll discover a little of the history of the Curtis Institute of Music and take a walk through the James A. Michener Art Museum, while Susan Lewis visits the Rosenbach Museum & Library and explores the Fairmount Water Works.

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Creatively Speaking
9:23 am
Sat March 25, 2006

William Stone

This week, a conversation with baritone William Stone. The newly appointed Temple University professor will, this weekend, lead students in a Kimmel Center performance of a work for which he has won a Grammy award. The Philadelphia Museum of Art moves ahead with its largest expansion ever. Susan Lewis has an update on progress. Jason Peifer watches the national production of Wicked load-in at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. There's been a marked increase in incidents of major art theft in the past years.

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Creatively Speaking
10:22 am
Sat March 18, 2006

The Philadelphia Orchestra

This week we've news of exciting developments in the Philadelphia Orchestra's summer season at the Mann Music Center. Jason Peifer visits the Media Theatre in Media, PA, as they stage Sigmund Romberg's 1924 masterpiece, The Student Prince. Susan Lewis looks at the history of fine art photography. And we discover how Orchestra 2001 had to travel to Bucharest to find the score and orchestra parts for U.S. debut of George Enescu's Chamber Symphony.

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Creatively Speaking
11:44 am
Sat March 4, 2006

The Philadelphia Flower Show

This week we take a walk through this year's Philadelphia Flower Show with designer Sam Lemheney. Jason Peifer examines the role of the theater critic. He'll speak with the Philadelphia Inquirer's Toby Zinman, David Anthony Fox of Philadelphia City Paper, and the Philadelphia Weekly's J. Cooper Robb. Susan Lewis considers why we both love and fear The Bard as The Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival opens its new season.

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Creatively Speaking
1:16 pm
Sat February 25, 2006

Jeffrey Siegel

We speak with world renowned pianist Jeffrey Siegel. The second of his three-part series of Keyboard Conversations, which provide listeners with deeper insight into individual classical piano works is at the Kimmel Center next week. Jason Peifer examines the legacy of Arthur Miller and looks ahead to the People's Light & Theatre production of The Crucible, which opens next week. And in our regular look inside the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com, Susan Lewis visits the Fairmount Water Works in Philadelphia.

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Creatively Speaking
1:47 pm
Sat February 11, 2006

The Opera Company of Philadelphia

We're at the Opera Company of Philadelphia east coast premiere Margaret Garner. Jason Peifer explores the staging the Temple Theater's latest production, "On the Razzle" by Tom Stoppard. And in our regular look inside the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com, Susan Lewis visits the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia.

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