"Competing drives and complicated ethics fuse in Lisa Lewis’s sexy and snarled SCHOOLED."
Photo by Matthew Murphy
WINNER of the New York International Fringe Festival Overall Excellence Award for Playwriting, SCHOOLED had a critically acclaimed sold-out run directed by James Kautz, and was extended as part of the Fringe Encore Series at Soho Playhouse. Published in The Best Plays from American Theater Festivals 2015, Applause Books.
It's about what happens outside the classroom
SCHOOLED is a fiercely funny and gripping new play about privilege, ambition, and the lengths we’ll go to succeed. Two students vie for a competitive grant from their roguish professor in a taut threesome that tests their romantic relationship and their ethics. A biting drama with surprising humor, SCHOOLED is an examination of the lies we tell ourselves, and the truths we refuse to believe.
The cast of SCHOOLED: Quentin Maré, Lilli Stein, Stephen Friedrich. Photo by Darren Cox
Peter Friedman, Phoebe Strole, James Kautz, Mara Davi at New Ohio Theater
A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Dramatic Writing Program, my work wrestles with class and the legacy of parentage, capturing dangerous conversations between people blinded by their assumptions.
My plays include Schooled, The Housewarming, The One-Fifth, Triple Cherry, and the television pilot, The Gamble. My work has been seen and developed by 24 Hour Plays (starring Amy Hargreaves, watch here), Maven Pictures, Naked Angels, Davenport Theatricals, The New Ohio Theatre, Core Artist Ensemble, and New Helvetia Theatre’s Sacramento New Works Festival, where I was an artist in residence. My essays and artist profiles have appeared in The New York Times, ELLE Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, New York Theatre Magazine, and New York Press.
If you'd like to learn more, you can check out my resume here.
In addition to my work as a playwright, I'm currently a Creative Director at SpotCo, an advertising, marketing and branding agency for the arts where I oversee creative strategy for a portfolio of entertainment brands.
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