Bio

SEAN CHRISTOPHER LEWIS’ can be heard as a commentator on NPR’S This American Life. His work as a playwright, solo performer, director and actor have won 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 NNNPN 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.

His solo work includes KILLADELPHIA (Baltimore Centerstage, American Theatre Company, Woolly Mammoth, Interact Theatre, Cape May Stage, Adirondack Theatre Festival, Touchstone Theatre, Hartbeat Ensemble, Drilling Company, Riverside Theatre, CSPS/Legion Arts, John Jay University/Gerald W. Lynch Theatre, Available Light Theatre, Revolutions International Theatre Festival, Next Theatre, Imagining America National Conference, Graterford Prison, Idaho Juvenile Detention Center, Institut Del Teatre in Barcelona Spain); JUST KIDS (Available Light Theatre, Sandglass Theatre, Working Group Theatre, Pontine Theatre, Revolutions International Theatre Festival; Ko Festival of Performance); DOGS OF RWANDA (Available Light; Ojai Playwrights Festival; Legion Arts; Horizon Theatre, Redfern Performing Arts Center); I WILL MAKE YOU ORPHANS (Uno Festival of Solo Performance, Available Light 01 Festival, Equinox Theatre, Riverside Theatre, Center for Independent Artists, Galapagos Art Space, Hyde Park Theatre, TIXE Arts Center, Bowery Poetry Club) and THE GONE CHAIR (Penn State University’s Cultural Conversations Festival, Openstage Harrisburg’s Flying Solo Festival, Riverside Theatre). His plays include MAYBERRY (Hancher Auditorium, Bucksbaum Performing Arts Center, Iowa Arts Center); 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 and Theatre of Note); MANNING UP (NNPN Rolling World Premiere at Riverside Theatre, Salt Lake Acting Company and Actor’s Summit); THE TEACHER SHOW (Revolutions International Theatre Festival) and GOODNESS (Project Y Theatre, Clockwise Theatre).

His film THESE HOPELESS SAVAGES which he co-wrote with Matt Dellapina and co-directed with Kaitlyn Busbee is currently showing at film festivals (Hoboken International Film Festival; Indianapolis International Film Festival; Julien Dubuque International Film Festival; Wild Rose International Film Festival; Mission Creek) across the country. He also collaborated with noted indie director Hal Hartley on his series MY AMERICA, scripting the episode entitled “THE ‘GO.” His films THE SAINTS OF NOWHERE and THE RUBBER ROOM are currently in pre-production with Lewis attached again to co-write and direct.

He has been a playwriting fellow at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference and has had his work developed at the PlayPenn New Play Conference, Lark New Play Development Center, Orlando Shakespeare Festival’s Harriet Lake Festival of New Work and at the National Center for New Plays at Stanford University. He is currently under commission with Davenport Theatricals, Interact Theatre, Hancher Auditorium, the National New Play Network, Horizon Theatre and the National Czech Slovak Museum.

Internationally he has collaborated on MAJNOON SAITARA with the Ashtar Theatre of Palestine and with the International Theatre and Literacy Project he worked on JOURNEY TO THE DREAM a new play by high school students in Tanzania, East Africa. In 2011 he collaborated and directed WE STOOD UP for the Centre X Centre International Theatre Festival in Rwanda that incorporated the performances and stories of 23 orphaned survivors of the genocide.

Lewis is also a noted actor, working Off Broadway at the Pearl Theatre, in NYC at La Mama ETC, regionally with companies like the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival and in television and feature films from COMEDY CENTRAL’S Upright Citizen’s Brigade to GOD’S COUNTRY. He has directed at the Kennedy Center, Institut Del Teatre; Centre X Centre International Theatre Festival, Hancher Auditorium, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Lied Center, the Music IC Chamber Festival and regional theaters across the country.

His essays have appeared in Witness; Identity Theory; the Montreal Review and New Madrid. His plays are published by Original Works Publishing.

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