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Mildred Lewis

Assistant Professor, Instructional Faculty
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of English
Office Location: Smith Hall 08A
Office Hours: M/W 12-1 p.m., 2:30-3:30 p.m.; F 12-2 p.m.
Phone: (714) 744-7891
First-year Foundations Program
Oberlin College, Bachelor of Arts
University of California, Los Angeles, Master of Arts
University of California, Los Angeles, Master of Fine Arts


Mildred Lewis is a produced and published playwright and screenwriter. She most recently wrote and directed a short film comedy, Can Also Play, which screened at Outfest Fusion 2018. Currently she is part of Humanitas' PLAY LA (https://www.humanitasprize.org/play-la/) and Playground-LA. In 2018, her plays have been produced at the Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble (Santa Ana, CA), Ensemble Studio Theatre-Los Angeles, Everyday Inferno Theatre (NYC), Rockford New Play Festival (Rockford, IL), "Think Outside the Cage" on KPFK-FM (Los Angeles, CA), and the William Inge Theatre Festival (Independence, KS).

Her poetry has been published in anthologies including "Ella, Stamped" in Ella @100 which celebrated jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald's centennial. She most recently read her poems at Boca de Oro:  OC Art & Literature Fringe Festival.

A strong believer in interdisciplinary work, she teaches writing, film theory, West African and Caribbean literature.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

The Gift, Broadway Play Publishing, 2021 Semi-finalist, Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2021; Finalist, Seven Devils New Play Conference 2021; Semi-Finalist, Theatre503, Theatre503 International Playwriting Award
We Jump Broom. Play. Produced by Playground-LA and Towne Street Theatre. Selected for Best of Playground LA. Towne Street Theatre
Staff Writer, www.ARGN.com. Wrote articles about transmedia artist Lance Weiler, Alcatraz (Fox), Disneyworld's Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, and Failbetter games.
Wrote the end of everything, a full length play, staged reading Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights.
Book reviews of Brian Neve's Elia Kazan and Cinephilia in the Age of Digital Reproduction: Film, Pleasure, and Digital Culture, vol. 1 in Scope, a peer-reviewed online journal of the Institute of Film & Television Studies at the University of Nottingham.
Directed Pedestrian, a new play by Rita O'Farrell, as part of the Hollywood and Minneapolis Fringe Festivals during summer 2011.
Directed a fully staged reading of Roger Mason's Onion Creek at the Ensemble Studio Theatre-Los Angeles as part of their annual Winterfest 2010. Directed the revised play for Sunday Best series in spring 2011.
Wrote, co-directed and produced four webisodes for HBO's True Blood web site www.vamps-kill.com. (2011)
I began a blog about politics and culture in 2009, Lifting As We Climb (http://liftingasweclimb.wordpress.com). In 2011, cultureweekly.com and epochlips.com began syndicating its content.
Directed Maria Irene Forne's Conduct of Life at the William Alderson Theatre in Los Angeles. Summer 2009. Included Chapman University acting student and design major.