Carter W. Lewis

Carter W. Lewis

Performing Arts Department, Senior Lecturer and Senior Playwright-in-Residence

Mailing Address

Washington University in St. Louis
Campus Box 1108
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899


Mallinckrodt 327

Office Hours

By appointment

About Carter W. Lewis

Carter W. Lewis teaches Introduction to Playwriting, Advanced Playwriting and Dramaturgy at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to that, he was Resident 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 American Play.

Carter W. Lewis with actor and stage manager doing rehearsal rewrites at Studio Arena Theatre.

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 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, The Magic Theater and The Royal Court Theatre in London.

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

His published works include Art Control, A Geometric Digression of the SpeciesNo PreyingSoft Click Of A SwitchAn Asian Jockey In Our Midst and The One-Eyed Man Is King. Other plays by Carter W. Lewis include Golf With Alan ShepardPicasso Does My MapsLongevity Abbreviated For Those Who Don’t Have TimeWomen Who StealMen on the TakeAmerican Storm by Integrity Out of Molly BrownKid PeculiarOrdinary NationCivil Disobedience, Evie’s WaltzThe Storytelling Ability of a BoyThe Cha Cha of a Camel SpiderHit-StoryThe Americans Across the StreetCamden & LillyThe Hummingbird WarsPrayer for the Gun Bug, Echo Location, With, The Story Blinked & The Science of Leaving Omaha.