Lois reading in London
Lois Walden
Lois Walden with The Sisters of Glory at Woodstock 1994
Lois Walden sings


I just finished teaching a

creativity workshop for

Freshman Theatre Arts

students at Sarah

Lawrence College

and look forward to

returning in the Spring

for a second class!

      What the Press are saying

      about MILA:

“…the title character of Clearfield’s opera wasn’t just a Buddhist paragon of redemption. He was also a bard who wrote thousands of songs.” – Philadelphia Inquirer

Read more…

I couldn’t be more thrilled to announce that our Opera, MILA: The Great Sorcerer,

will be presented as part of the PROTOTYPE Opera & Theatre Festival

Composed by Andrea Clearfield
Libretto by Jean-Claude van Itallie & Lois Walden
Directed by Kevin Newbury
Conducted by Manoj Kamps
Featuring the Knights
Commissioned by New Vision for Opera
Co-presented with Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College of Criminal Justice


January 12 & 13, 2019

Show Run Time 2 hours and 30 minutes with intermission
Post-Show Conversation on Jan 12

Tickets on sale to the public October 15th!


My third novel is almost ready…

Beyond Expectation (working title) has been in the editing process and is almost ready…it’s been a while, and editing is often the hardest part but I’m really pleased with the end result. Stay tuned for more on when you can expect to see it on shelves…


Just Keep Swimming…

This just in! I’m in training for the Newburgh-Beacon Hudson River swim on August 6th. Don’t ask…


Still Writing…

After completing work on my third novel, I’ve switched to literary non-fiction, and am deeply engaged in writing a collection of autobiographical essays that will eventually become my fourth book. I’m thrilled to have had the first essay in my new collection picked up and published by The Alaska Quarterly Review.


MILA Workshop #2 A great success!

We’ve fine-tuned the libretto, the music is almost there and after auditioning for voices this fall, Mila is scheduled to go into a second, expanded workshop in New York City from March 12-18.


FOOTNOTES: A One Woman Show

My one-woman performance show, which premiered in New York in a series of performances at the Laurie Beechman Theatre with music arranged by the brilliant Paul Greenwood, and directed by Barry Kleinbort, will be having its West Coast premier in early 2016.


Chronogram Magazine – Profile

Lois by Roy Gumpel
Photo by Roy Gumpel

I spent a fascinating afternoon with Chronogram Books Editor, the brilliant Nina Shengold. Read her profile in the January 2015 edition.


Virginia Festival of the Book, March 18-22, 2015

Afterworld and I have been invited to participate in the 21st Annual Virginia Festival of the Book, March 18-22, 2015. I had a blast.


High School Yearbook

As a writer and member of the Board of Advisers for this project, I took to the road on one of the most touching, invigorating, emotional journeys I’ve ever taken. High School Yearbook is a book, a website, and social media. Its mission is about the empowerment of teens with cancer, having them get that they are beautiful, powerful and alive with possibility, connecting young people with cancer and their families with others going through similar circumstances throughout the world, and having the world get these young people as the extraordinary human beings they are. . To find out more – and give in whatever way you can – check in regularly to www.hsyearbook.org.