Susan Lewis

Arts & Culture Reporter

Susan is an arts and culture reporter for WRTI. She contributes Arts Desk features, and weekly intermission interviews for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast series on WRTI with host Gregg Whiteside.

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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Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Clarice Assad

Sep 30, 2006

This week we speak with violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and composer Clarice Assad. Salerno-Sonnenberg is the soloist for performances of Assad's violin concerto by the Philadelphia Orchestra; We look ahead to the 215 Festival: Philadelphia's unique celebration of writers and words; Jason Peifer previews a Palestinian/Jewish Israeli Theater Initiative that will be touring the region.

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

Sep 23, 2006

This week, we look ahead to the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia's season opening celebration of the Shostakovich centenary and speak with Music Director Ignat Solzhenitsyn. Susan Lewis takes us through Treasures: The Arts in Latin America, 1492-1820 the latest exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Jason Peifer visits the Arden Theatre Company as they open their season with an adaptation of the John Irving novel, A Prayer for Owen Meany.

The 3rd Street Art Gallery

Sep 16, 2006

We look at a show where anonymous personal confessions collected in drop boxes on the street, are displayed at the 3rd Street art gallery in old city Philadelphia; Jason Peifer visits People's Light & Theater Company in Malvern, PA as they open Moliere's last play, The Imaginary Invalid; Susan Lewis previews "Look Again," a new exhibition at the Rosenbach Museum and Library exploring African American history as integral to American history.

The Brandywine River Museum

Sep 9, 2006

This week, we look ahead to a new exhibition at the Brandywine River Museum. Factory Work examines the relationship between Pop artist Andy Warhol and realist painter Jamie Wyeth and graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Jason Peifer speaks with the composer of "Windy City," the first show of the Walnut Street Theater's new season; Susan Lewis looks back on two weeks accompanying the Philadelphia Orchestra on its recent tour of Europe's summer music festivals.

Bryant Simon

Sep 2, 2006

As the summer season comes to a close, we pay a final visit to the Jersey shore. We'll speak with Temple University history professor Bryant Simon. He's the author of Boardwalk of Dreams - Atlantic City and the Fate of Urban America. Susan Lewis explores a movement to preserve the so-called DooWop Architecture in Wildwood. We visit Lucy the Elephant in Margate, and Jason Peifer explores Cape May's vibrant theater scene.

The CultureFiles at GoPhila.com

Aug 19, 2006

Favorites from the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com, featuring visits to some of our regions great cultural destinations. As it approaches its 5th anniversary, we tour the Kimmel Center. Jason Peifer visits the Wilma Theater. Susan Lewis explores Independence Hall, and we spend a sunny afternoon at the Children's Garden in Camden.

Derek Gillman

Aug 12, 2006

This week, a conversation with Derek Gillman, the newly appointed President of the Barnes Foundation. Gillman's written a book called The Idea of Cultural Heritage. Jason Peifer examines the art craft and science of set design, and Susan Lewis takes a look at the world of fine art photography. In our regular exploration of the CultureFiles section of GoPhila.com we visit Historic Fallsington.

The Irish Tenors

Aug 5, 2006

This week we speak with The Irish Tenors, who are in Philadelphia this week to perform at the Mann Center. Jason Peifer explores the role of the Theater critic. We speak with James Undercoffler. He takes up the presidency of the Philadelphia Orchestra this month. And in our regular exploration of the CultureFiles section of GoPhila.com we speak with Bernard Cywinski, the creator of Philadelphia's most visited attraction; the Liberty Bell Center.

Lucy the Elephant

Jul 29, 2006

July is one of the wettest months in this region. If you've discovered this while down the shore recently or are planning a trip soon, you should check out the next Creatively Speaking! for some activities ideas away from the beach! We visit Lucy the Elephant in Margate to learn about her past and see what's on the inside of this 125 year-old attraction; Wildwood is using a 1950's musical label to name and protect the town's distinctive 50's urban landscape.

Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music

Jul 22, 2006

We revisit four recent features from the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com. We look back at the history of Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music. We'll take a walk through Doylestown's James A. Michener Art Museum, while Susan Lewis visits the Rosenbach Museum & Library and the Fairmount Water Works.

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