Sean Christopher Lewis

Sean Christopher Lewis’ plays have won the Kennedy Center’s Rosa Parks Award, the 2010 National New Play Network’s Smith Prize, a Barrymore Award from the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, a Central Ohio Critic’s Circle Citation, a National Performance Network Creation Fund Grant, the William Inge Fellowship and more. He served as National New Play Network Emerging Playwright in Residence at Interact Theatre in Philly and as Playwright in Residence at the William Inge Arts Center in Independence, Kansas. He can also be heard on the radio as a contributor to NPR’S This American Life.

His plays include KILLADELPHIA (Baltimore Centerstage, Woolly Mammoth, Interact Theatre, Southern Rep, Cape May Stage, Adirondack Theatre Festival, Riverside Theatre, CSPS/Legion Arts, John Jay University/Gerald W. Lynch Theatre, Available Light Theatre, Revolutions International Theatre Festival) JUST KIDS (Available Light Theatre, Riverside Theatre, Sandglass Theatre, Pontine Theatre), 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), THE GONE CHAIR (Penn State University’s Cultural Conversations Festival, Openstage Harrisburg’s Flying Solo Festival, Riverside Theatre), 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) and THE HOMESCHOOLING OF JONATHAN ANDERSON (Drilling Company NYC and Theatre of Note).

Internationally he has collaborated on MAJNOON SAITARA with the Ashtar Theatre of Palestine, 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. This summer he will co-write and direct a piece for the Centre X Centre International Theatre Festival in Kigali, Rwanda.

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 Performance Network and Adirondack Theatre Festival. He is the Artistic Director of Working Group Theatre (

Sean’s play Goodness was part of our Racey Plays Reading Series.

Read an interview with Sean and Artistic Director Michole Biancosino.

Visit Sean’s website.