Margaret Lewis (M.E.H. Lewis)
February 12, 1965 – March 21, 2015
Lewis’ plays were produced at Cherry Lane Theatre (New York), Fountain Theatre (Los Angles), The New Theatre (Melbourne), the Detroit Repertory Theatre (Detroit), InterAct Theatre (Milwaukee), Next Theatre (Evanston), and Stage Left Theatre (Chicago), among others. Margaret created more than a dozen works that garnered critical acclaim and earned her two Illinois Arts Council Fellowships, three Ragdale Foundation Residencies, a Tremain Grant, and the FutureFest Outstanding Playwright Award. Some career highlights include “Charms For Protection” (Julie Harris Award), “Burying the Bones,” nominated for three Joseph Jefferson Awards, including Best New Work (Stage Left). “Fellow Travelers” won the Jeff Award for Best New Work in 2006 (Stage Left). In addition to writing, Margaret devoted her life to education, teaching young playwrights in schools across Chicago, working most recently with Chicago Dramatists where she was a Resident Playwright. Margaret was an avid baker and her homemade delights were synonymous with working on her plays. She was a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Women's Theatre Alliance, and Dramatists Guild Intensive Fellow. She was preceded in death by her mother Rosemarie, and is survived by her father John, nephew Marcus, niece Jaina, her beloved dog Lady, and dozens of close friends throughout the world.