EM Lewis is a playwright, librettist, and teacher of playwriting. She was a finalist for the 2014 Shakespeare's Sister Fellowship, and received a 2012 Fellowship in Playwriting from the New Jersey State Council for the Arts, and the 2010‐2011 Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University. She received the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award and the Ted Schmitt Award from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle for Outstanding Writing of a World Premiere Play for Song of Extinction. She received the Primus Prize for Heads from the American Theater Critics Association. Her plays have been produced around the world, and published by Samuel French. She is a resident artist in American Lyric Theater's Composer Librettist Development Program and a proud member of the Dramatists Guild.
Recent productions include Song of Extinction at the Guthrie; Heads at Pittsburgh Rep; Infinite Black Suitcase at University of Southern California and Staples High School, and the world premieres of Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday at HotCity Theater in St. Louis, True Story at Passage Theater in New Jersey, and Reading to Vegetables at University of Washington in Seattle. Her first chamber opera, called The Resurrection Engine, written with composer Evan Meier, premiered at Symphony Space in New York City in the spring. Her new play The Gun Show premiered at 16th Street Theater in Chicago in the summer of 2014, and has gone on to productions in Los Angeles and Trenton. Current works-in-progress include an epic Antarctic adventure story called Magellanica: A New and Accurate Map of the World, an intimate two-person play called The Stone Languages, and a new chamber opera for young audiences. She lives in Oregon.