LisaLMulti-talented Philadelphia Writers’ Conference Board member Lisa Lutwyche talks about how she added playwright and director to her repertoire.  Read more after the break!


I’ve been a Poet all my life.  If you asked me to describe myself, I’d call myself a Poet/Artist/Teacher/Playwright; always Poet first.  But something strange happened to me about five years ago.  I wrote a play.  I went to a women’s writing retreat in New Mexico (A Room of Her Own Foundation, or AROHO, at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu) and took a workshop with playwright, Ellen McLaughlin.  “I’m not a playwright,” I said.  “You have an appointment with this play,” she said.


Oh, it was just a sketch at first, but one snowy day, unable to go to work (what a shame) or go outside, I sat down and wrote a one-act play.  Just for fun.  Just for a lark.  Then I put it away.


That spring (2010), our theater company, Old Academy Players in East Falls, put out a call for one-acts and people who wanted to direct one.  I’d always wanted to try directing, but – “I don’t know any one-acts,” I said.  “You just wrote one,” my husband said.  So, I submitted it.  It was accepted and produced, and I directed it.  And another in 2012.

Come out and see my third one-act play, A State of Being (a haunted romantic comedy aka existential farce).   It opens July 11th, as part of the Old Academy Players “Summer One-Act Bonanza” and runs for two weekends.  It’s part of a fun line-up of one-act, comedic plays, original and classic.

For a copy of the flyer, click HERE or visit the Old Academy Players website at