SEAN CHRISTOPHER LEWIS’ is the co-creator and writer of the Image Comics book SAINTS, he can be heard as a commentator on NPR’S This American Life and with Working Group Theatre he devises, directs and writes new theater works for venues across the country.
His work as a playwright, solo performer, director and actor have won the NEFA National Theatre Project Award, the Kennedy Center’s Rosa Parks Award, the National New Play Network’s Smith Prize, the NEA Voices in Community Award, a Puffin Foundation Artists Award, a Barrymore Award from the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, a Central Ohio Critic’s Circle Citation for Best Touring Production, a Central Ohio Critic’s Circle Citation for Best New Work, a National Performance Network Creation Fund Grant, the William Inge Fellowship, the NNPN Emerging Playwright Residency, the Rick Graf Award from the Iowa Human Rights Commission and three Acclaim Awards from the Cincinnati Critic’s Awards. He has also been nominated for the Horton Foote Playwriting Prize, the Tom Murrin Performance Award, the Fox Actor’s Fellowship and the Princess Grace Theatre Fellowship.
With WORKING GROUP THEATRE he has created five solo pieces: KILLADELPHIA, JUST KIDS, DOGS OF RWANDA, THE GONE CHAIR and I WILL MAKE YOU ORPHANS. They have been produced internationally and across the united States at Baltimore Centerstage, American Theatre Company, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Interact Theatre, Southern Rep; the Institut Del Teatra in Barcelona, Spain; the KO Festival of Performance; the Uno Festival of International Solo Performance; the Revolutions International Theatre Festival; the 16th Street Theatre, Redfern Performing Arts Center, Riverside Theatre, CSPS/Legion Arts, Cape May Stage, Adirondack Theatre Festival, Touchstone Theatre, Hartbeat Ensemble, Gerald W. Lynch Theatre, Available Light Theatre, Sandglass Theatre, Available Light Theatre, Ojai Playwrights Conference, the Chocolate Factory, Horizon Theatre, Graterford Prison, and the Idaho Juvenile Detention Center. Recently, with Jennifer Fawcett, he developed the one man performance installation GHOST STORY at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
He has directed and/or co created every WORKING GROUP ensemble production including two national tours of the NEFA winning OUT OF BOUNDS; BROKEN CHORD, a dance theater piece about Alzheimer’s; MAYBERRY, a docudrama about the displacing of families after the destruction of Chicago housing projects; ALL RECIPES ARE HOME, a musical about farming, feminism and land rights; TOYMAKERS WAR, a play about the Bosnian genocide; RUST a docudrama about a dying Michigan auto plant and the FINDER’S DAUGHTER about the rise of communism in post war Czechoslovakia. These plays have been commissioned and performed at Hancher Auditorium; the National Czech and Slovak Museum; the Lied Center for the Performing Arts (Nebraska); the Lied Center for the Performing Arts (Kansas); the Smith Center for the Performing Arts; Luther College’s Center for Faith and Light; Shea Performing Arts Center; PACE Center; Vilar Performing Arts Center; Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center; Governors State University Center for the Performing Arts; North Shore Center for the Performing Arts; New Jersey Performing Arts Center; Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center; Zeiterion Theatre; Community Performance Series at SUNY-Potsdam; Smith Opera House; Macomb Center for the Performing Arts; Union Colony Civic Center and internationally at the Centre X Centre International Theatre Festival in Kigali, Rwanda and La Pell Teatre in Barcelona, Spain.
His work as an individual playwright is represented by MILITANT LANGUAGE (National Premiere at Know Theatre of Cincinnati, Halcyon Theatre of Chicago, Bang and Clatter in Cleveland, and Theater for the New City in NY, published by Original Works Publishing); THE APERTURE (Cleveland Public Theatre); THE HOMESCHOOLING OF JONATHAN ANDERSON (Drilling Company NYC, Luna Theater, Prologue Theatre, Theatre of Note, Oran Tea Theatre in Amsterdam and in the UK at FutureLight) and MANNING UP (NNPN Rolling World Premiere at Riverside Theatre, Salt Lake Acting Company and Actor’s Summit).