EM Lewis

EM Lewis Librettist

Librettist E. M. LEWIS joined American Lyric Theater's Composer Librettist Development Program in 2013.  She is currently working on a family-friendly opera called Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Fallen Giant with composer Evan Meier, commissioned by ALT.  Town Hall, an opera that the Maryland Opera Studio commissioned Lewis and composer Theo Popov to create, was produced at University of Maryland in 2018, and at Willamette University in 2019.  Lewis wrote the lyrics for “Everything My Father Never Told Me,” a number that was included in Dear Erich, a new opera by composer Ted Rosenthal produced by New York City Opera at the National Yiddish Theater in 2019. Other opera projects include The Resurrection Engine with Evan Meier, and The Crossing with Clarice Assad (a semi-finalist for Arizona Opera’s “Arizona Bold” program). Lewis is also a playwright.  Her award-winning plays have been produced around the world, and are published by Samuel French. She received the Steinberg Award and the Primus Prize from the American Theater Critics Association, and the Ted Schmidt Award for Outstanding Writing of a World Premiere Play from the Los Angeles County Drama Critics Association. Lewis received a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. Her plays include Song of Extinction, Infinite Black Suitcase, Heads, The Gun Show, True Story, Apple Season (currently having a National New Play Network rolling world premiere), Magellanica (a six-hour Antarctic epic that is a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards), You Can See All the Stars (commissioned by the Kennedy Center), and How the Light Gets In (which will have its world premiere at Boston Court Pasadena this fall).  Lewis is a proud member of Opera America and the Dramatists Guild.  She lives on her family’s farm in Oregon.