Playwright EM Lewis won the 2009 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award from the American Theatre Critics Association for Song of Extinction, which premiered in Los Angeles, produced by Moving Arts at [Inside] the Ford. The play also won the Ashland New Plays Festival, University of Oregon's EcoDrama Festival, the Ted Schmitt Award for the premiere of an outstanding new play from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, Critic's Choice in the Los Angeles Times and Production of the Year from the LA Weekly Awards. It was published in Dramatics Magazine in January 2010, and is now available in an acting edition from Samuel French.
Lewis also wrote the Iraq War hostage drama Heads (winner of the 2008 Primus Prize for an emerging woman theater artist), which premiered at the Blank Theater (Best of 2007, Los Angeles Times); the play has had subsequent productions in Chicago and Denver. Her first full-length play, Infinite Black Suitcase (about grief and redemption in rural Oregon) which Variety called "endearing and insightful," was produced by TheSpyAnts.
Lewis is a member of Moving Arts, a theater company, the Dramatists Guild, the International Centre for Women Playwrights and the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights. She is originally from Oregon.