SEAN CHRISTOPHER LEWIS is the co-creator and writer of the comic books SAINTS and THE FEW, both published by Image Comics, with SAINTS recently optioned for television by Grandview/Automatik. He can be heard as a commentator on NPR’S THIS AMERICAN LIFE and he serves simultaneously as the Artistic Director of Working Group Theatre, a nationally touring devised company, and Riverside Theatre, a member of the National New Play Network.
His work as a playwright, solo performer, director, sound designer 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 and 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, the Zelda Ficandler Award for Directors and the Princess Grace Theatre Fellowship.
His solo pieces and plays include: DOGS OF RWANDA (NNPN Rolling World Premiere at 16th Street Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Interact Theatre, Out of Hand Theatre, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Englert Theatre, Redfern Performing Arts Center, UNI Genocide Center, CSPS/Legion Arts, Horizon Theatre, Available Light Theatre); KILLADELPHIA (Baltimore Centerstage, American Theatre Company, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Interact Theatre, Southern Rep, the Institut Del Teatra in Barcelona, Spain, the Revolutions International Theatre Festival, the 16th Street Theatre, Riverside Theatre, CSPS/Legion Arts, Cape May Stage, Adirondack Theatre Festival, Touchstone Theatre, Hartbeat Ensemble, Gerald W. Lynch Theatre, Available Light Theatre, Graterford Prison, and the Idaho Juvenile Detention Center); JUST KIDS (the KO Festival of Performance, Sandglass Theatre, Available Light Theatre, Pontine Theatre); BLACK AND BLUE (Riverside Theatre, Geva Theatre),MILITANT LANGUAGE (Know Theatre of Cincinnati, Halcyon Theatre, Bang and Clatter, and Theater for the New City, 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)THE GONE CHAIR (Openstage Harrisburg; Penn State University’s Cultural Conversations Festival) and I WILL MAKE YOU ORPHANS (Uno Festival of International Solo Performance, Hyde Park Theatre, Riverside Theatre, the Chocolate Factory, Available Light Theatre)
Recently, with Jennifer Fawcett, he developed the one man performance installation GHOST STORY at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. It then performed at the Englert Theatre.
He has directed and/or co created every WORKING GROUP ensemble production including two national tours of the NEFA winning OUT OF BOUNDS, THE EVOLUTION OF BRUNO LITTLEMORE, BROKEN CHORD,MAYBERRY,ALL RECIPES ARE HOME, TOYMAKERS WAR, RUST, and the FINDER’S DAUGHTER. 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.
At Riverside Theatre he has directed acclaimed productions of A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, EVERY BRILLIANT THING, BLACK AND BLUE, MARY’S WEDDING, SYRINGA TREE, MARION BRIDGE, VENUS IN FUR, GOAT SHOW and MANNING UP. He directed BIRTH WITCHES at the Kennedy Center/NNPN, GOAT SHOW at Adirondack Theatre Festival and WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF at the Old Creamery.