Lauren Hewitt



LAUREN HEWITT is a producer, manager, entrepreneur, and fundraiser with for-profit and nonprofit experience. She is the former Director of the Jon Sims Center for the Arts (1992–98) where she founded AIRspace, a new-works residency program for performing artists. In 1997, she accepted Wuornos composer and librettist Carla Lucero into the AIRspace program. Hewitt has since been a driving force in the overall development of the opera.

San Franciscans remember Hewitt as the owner and operator of the Baybrick Inn, a favorite nightspot known locally as Clementina’s, where she gave emerging artists the opportunity to break into performance and seasoned artists the challenge of presenting new work. Among the memorable Baybrick performers include Marga Gomez, Ellen DeGeneres, Paula Poundstone, Bonnie Hayes, and Linda Tillery. The Baybrick was awarded a San Francisco Cable Car Award for Hewitt’s curatorship of local visual art and art installations.

Hewitt is also the founder of OtherWhys Productions, and is developing the new opera Letters Home, composed by Kathrynn Lyle, based on the book Dear Miya Letters Home From Japan by Mary Tomita. Past projects include heading up a capital campaign to build a new home for the Aurora Theater Company (Berkeley). As Executive Director of the new chamber music group EARPLAY, she presented works by emerging Bay Area composers as well as established composers such as Andrew Imbrie and Lou Harrison. Hewitt frequently sits on funding panels for the Cultural Equity Grants Program of the San Francisco Arts Commission.

A fourth-generation Californian, Hewitt graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelors Degree in Theater and an emphasis in Directing, and holds a Masters Degree in Arts Administration from Golden Gate University, San Francisco.