Carter W. Lewis

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Carter W. Lewis is a professional playwright who is currently serving Playwright-in-Residence at Washington University in St. Louis where he teaches Advanced Playwriting, Dramaturgy and produces their annual A. E. Hotchner Playwriting Festival. Prior to that, he was Dramaturg & Playwright-in-Residence for The Geva Theatre Center in New York.  Carter was also co-founder and Resident Playwright for Upstart Stage in Berkeley, California.

He is the winner of several national playwriting awards including: The Julie Harris – Playwriting Award, The State Theatre – Best New American Play, The Cincinnati Playhouse Rosenthal New Play Prize (’96 & 2001), New Dramatist Arnold Weissberger Playwriting Award, Playwright’s Center Jerome Residency, The Kevin Kline Award for Best New Play of 2009 and he is a two time nominee for the American Theatre Critics Award. For his play, While We Were Bowling, Carter was the recipient of an NEA/TCG Residency Grant for Playwriting, and The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation Award for Best New Play.

A sample of theatres that have produced his work include; The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Syracuse Stage, The Source Theatre, Florida Stage, Studio Arena Theatre, The Fulton Opera House, Arizona Theatre Company, B Street Theatre, The Round House Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, The Dorset Theatre Festival, The Arts Garage, The Sacramento Theatre Company, The Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, The Phoenix Theatre, The Barksdale Theatre, American Stage, Cider Mill Playhouse, The Boarshead Theatre, Sonoma Repertory Theatre, Oakland Ensemble Theatre, Pegasus Theatre Company, Northwest Actors Studio Theatre, Wellfleet Theatre, The New Repertory Theatre, Theatre on the Square, The State Theatre Company, The Barter Theatre, Florida Repertory Theatre, Virginia Stage, The Geva Theatre Center, New Jersey Repertory Company, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Falcon Theatre, The Berkshire Theatre Festival, San Diego Repertory Theatre and The Royal Court Theatre in London.

His published works include, Is, Art Control, No Preying, A Geometric Digression of the Species, Soft Click Of A Switch, An Asian Jockey In Our Midst and The One-Eyed Man Is King. Other plays by Carter W. Lewis include; Golf With Alan Shepard, Picasso Does My Maps, Longevity Abbreviated For Those Who Don’t Have Time, Women Who Steal, Men on the Take, American Storm by Integrity Out of Molly Brown, Kid Peculiar, Ordinary Nation, Civil Disobedience, Hit Story, Camden & Lilly, Evie’s Waltz, The Storytelling Ability of a Boy, The Cha Cha of a Camel Spider The Americans Across the Street, The Hummingbird Wars, The Gun in the Floor, Echo Location and Thinking It.

His one act play Percentage America premiered in The Neil LaBute Festival of New Plays at Actors Studio Theatre in St. Louis, and will transfer to New York in January of 2018.

His new play With., was recently work-shopped at Geva Theatre Center in NY, and further developed in the 2017 PlayPenn Conference in Philadelphia.

Carter lives in St. Louis with his dog, Bucket.