Mildred Inez Lewis writes and directs for theater, film and the digital space. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the playwriting units of Antaeus, Company of Angels, Ensemble Studio Theatre-Los Angeles, and PlaygroundLA. After graduating from Oberlin College, she began as a director in the Actors Studio and trained at EST and HB Studios. She earned in MFA from UCLA’s film school where she won a Samuel Goldwyn screenplay award.
Mildred is a 2021 finalist for the New Circle Theatre's L.B. Williams Award. Upcoming theater productions include THE ANNEX for Central Works main stage (Berkeley, CA) and SUITCASES for EST-LA. ECHO PARK will be produced as a radio play by Antaeus Theater.
Recent publications include ROOST FIRST, THEN FLY for Applause Books’ 2020 10 Minute Plays collection and COWGIRLS for Breathe Fire literary magazine.
2020 productions include SUBMERGED (Actors Circle Ensemble, Goodly Frame); ACKNOWLEDGE (PlaygroundLA); MY BODY, AN OFFERING (Black and Brown Theater (Detroit), Digital Dramatists). She was a 2018 PLAY LA Humanitas award winner for which she wrote the dark comedy SONS OF FOX, DAUGHTERS of CNN.
Her produced scripts have screened in festivals including the American Indian, Palm Springs International, San Francisco Black, Santa Barbara Black, Outfest and Outfest Fusion. The Etiquette Show, a web series she co-wrote, produced and directed with Adam Fox was selected for the Hollyweb Festival. She also wrote a Virtual Reality piece to celebrate the World War I centennial.
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MORE ABOUT ME
When I'm not writing or panicking about deadlines, I do comedy. My writing is provocative and tends to the dark and political. Sketch writing and improv have literally lightened my spirits and, hopefully, leavened my work. Performing virtually has been rewarding in ways that I would never have expected after working behind the scenes for so long. It has given me a new appreciation for how life giving and flat out joyful our work can be.
WHAT I'M WORKING ON
Echo Park, a commissioned radio play for Antaeus Theater. A screenplay about Bessie Stringfield.
African American, plays, screenplays, radio plays, virtual reality, web series.