Lance Hewett(1947-2015) was Co-Founder, President and Artistic Director of Isle of Shoals Productions, Inc., a Manhattan-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit theatre company from its inception in 1995. IOS directing included Shadowlands by William Nicholson, his new “intimate” adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, and the World Premiere of That Lady from Maxim’s, twice revived and winner of the 2012 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Musical, for which Lance was nominated as Outstanding Director. He originally developed and directed all the musicals in Prelude to Tomorrow, at the same time as he directed (in rep) memorable productions of The Runner Stumbles, his own adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull, andEmlyn Williams’ brilliant psychological murder mystery Night Must Fall. For Valentine’s Day at the Theatre Row Complex, he conceived and directed Falling in Love with Love, a musical revue set in the fictional Manhattan Psychoanalytical Institute for the Romantically Challenged, and later on an original musical revue, Autumn Leaves, featuring songs of Autumn (his favorite season) from Broadway and motion pictures. He also directed a rare off-off-Broadway revival of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, Our Town, at the legendary Gene Frankel Theatre in lower Manhattan, in rep with the staged reading of In This Fallen City, Bryan Williams’ prize-winning off-Broadway play and teleplay, in a new version expanded from a two-character play, that put the entire offstage world of this contemporary urban tragedy on the stage as shadows and flashbacks. Lance conceived, directed and wrote the book for our hugely successful Noël Coward double bill, Café Coward paired with Still Lifeat the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, following this with the two-act version of Café Coward, a 1930s cabaret tribute to Coward’s words and music, for Hofstra Entertainment. For Isle of Shoals he directed/adapted an intimate eve with Will & Chris...penned by those bad boys of Elizabethan England, William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe, and a double bill of Suddenly Last Summer& Steps Must Be Gentle, Tennessee Williams’ neglected theatrical gems. After a Long Island tour, Blue Songs, Gray Songs, a dramatic/musical montage of America’s Civil War, was presented at the Pantheon Theatre, NYC, followed by a Grand Guignol theatricalization, with period songs, of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House of the Seven Gables at the Lark Theatre. He staged the NYC revival of A Hatful of Rain at PC II theatre, and a new translation of Hecabeby Euripides for the Cyprus Embassy and NYC boroughs tour. Other NYC non-musical premieres include To Rose ~ Love Edward, a pathetic yet poetic journey of a woman’s descent into Alzheimers, Raw Space; and Icarus Variations,re-opening wounds of lost lives, lost loves and lost innocence during the Vietnam era (Kelly Bishop, Michael Higgins, Helen Stenborg) Off-B’way at the Promenade — both by Bryan Williams; Men of Iron, Sanford Meisner; Daydreams, Actors Corner. NYC revivals: a restored/newly translated Miss Julie, Pulse; the Bram Stoker Centennial revamped revival of Dracula, Gallery Players; Take a Giant Step; for Fordham: The Runner Stumbles, Bus Stop, Shadow Box, Tempest, Taming of the Shrewand Sweeney Todd. Lance directed the 7-month run of Guys and Dollsat Resorts Casino, Atlantic City; another production (Donna Pescow, Joey Travolta) Pocono, Falmouth, Bucks County Playhouses. Treasured regional directing: Shadowlands, Real Inspector Hound/15 Minute Hamlet, Laughing Horse, Ellensburg, WA; Servant of Two Masters, Northeastern Theatre Ensemble, PA; Romeo and Juliet, Road to Mecca, West FL Rep/Athol Fugard Festival. Lance began his career as an actor/singer (AEA, SAG) – he first teamed up with Bryan Williams when he was walking away with the reviews in Jacques Brel at Woodstock Playhouse. NYC/Regional roles included his highly praised Rutledge in 1776with Howard da Silva, Christmas Past opposite John Carradine in A Christmas Carolat Town Hall, Japheth in Two By Twowith Milton Berle, and leading roles in National Tours/productions with Leonard Nimoy, Chita Rivera, Joel Grey, Josh Logan, Jan Peerce, Don Ameche, Barbara Eden, Eva Gabor, Dorothy Lamour, Betty Grable, John Raitt; many others. Lance was very proud to be a Founding Member of the celebrated Creede Repertory Theatre in Creede, Colorado.