MILA: The Great Sorcerer

presented as part of the PROTOTYPE Opera & Theatre Festival

January 12 & 13, 2019

Gerald W. Lynch Theatre, NYC

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

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 Gene Kaufman and Terry Eder Kaufman

Tickets on sale to the public October 15th!


Vassar College: Lifetime Learning Institute

The Creative Self

September 14, 21, 28, 2018
October 5, 12, 19, 26 & November 2, 2018

The imagination is the gateway to the soul. To stimulate the imagination and to open up the channels of creativity is as important as anything else in a person’s life. Through varied creative processes, through reflection and interpretation the individual can understand how every moment lived is a creative moment, how every moment is an inspiration.

Mila – Workshop #2 slated for March 12-18 in NYC

Composer: Andrea Clearfield
Co-Librettists: Lois Walden/Jean-Claude van Italle

The opera is being developed with the help of The American Lyric Theater opera which underwent extensive work this fall.



Mila – Opera to be workshopped this fall in NYC

Composer: Andrea Clearfield
Co-Librettists: Lois Walden/Jean-Claude van Italle
Mila, an original opera based on the classic Buddhist tale, is scheduled to be workshopped in New York City this fall 2015.

The Virginia Festival of the Book

Fact, Fiction, and Poetry: LGBTQ Literature
Friday, March 20, 2015
Lois Walden, with fellow authors D. Gilson and Will Stockton (Crush), James Magruder (Let Me See It), brought a variety of LGBTQ perspectives to literature, as seen in poetry, personal essays, short stories, and fiction on a panel moderated by University of Virginia’s James Strickler as part of The Virginia Festival of the Book.

Creative Crossroads

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 – 4pm
Lois Walden will read the short stories of Lydia Davis at Creative Crossroads, Stanford Grange, 6043 Route 82, Stanfordville, NY 12584.

Creating the Space to Create with Lois Walden

September/October 2014
Tap into your innate creativity using meditation, breath work, writing, improv, movement, sound, emotions, sensations, group and individual process drama, and fearless self exploration. Three two hour workshops to broaden your awareness, your creativity, and your LIFE!
Expect the unexpected. We will have a blessed time together.
Fridays September 19, 26, and October 3rd. 6-8 pm $24 per session. $60 for all three (recommended for complete experience, but not required)

READ MORE The Sacred Space at Metta, Red Hook, NY

WBAI-99.5FM Pride Special Features Interview with Lois Walden

I was excited to be part of a 6-hour LGBT Pride Special dealing with issues of concern to the LGBTQI communities. It was aired on WBAI’s signature show OUT-FM. Host Tricia Spoto asked me about my novels. We had a great time. Have a listen:

Author Talk & Book Signing @ Oblong Books & Music

May 17,2014 – 7pm
Lois Walden will be reading, answering questions and signing copies of her latest novel: Afterworld
Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck, NY Publishes My Top 5 Writing Tips

Lois Walden’s Top Five Writing Tips

Lois Walden’s latest book, Afterworld, was recently released and is a gothic, multi-generational tale about identity, family history, guilt, love and longing. Today Lois has given us her top five writing tips.1. Drink loads of green tea.
2. Don’t be afraid to write longhand.
3. Get a great editor.
4. Be willing to throw everything you’ve written in the morning out the window in the afternoon.
5. Be willing to stare at the blank page every morning while you drink the green tea. Don’t be afraid if absolutely nothing happens. Allow yourself to be surprised and expect the unexpected.

Lois in London: Afterworld UK Book Tour

Reading at POLARI

September 11, 2013
Lois Walden read at Polari at the Royal Festival Hall, London, as part of her UK book tour for Afterworld. The New York Times calls Polari ‘London’s most theatrical salon,’
Lois read with a killer backdrop of the London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.


Lois Walden – an American polymath whose work includes television writing for Jane Fonda, performing as part of a gospel group for the Pope and two acclaimed novels – read from her latest book Afterworld, a generation-spanning family saga set in the deep south. Walden clearly relishes the voices of her sometimes dead, sometimes manic, always wry protagonists, and gave a pitch-perfect performance that had the audience enchanted.”— Polari Literary Salon/Review

“Actress, performer, singer, opera librettist and author Lois Walden gave us a tour-de-force turn as she read (complete with all the voices) some segments from her latest acclaimed novel Afterworld, a decadent and Grand Guignol tale about the ghostly manifestation of the dead patriarch of a Deep South sugar plantation dynasty observing the self-destructive behaviour of his family – including a steamy scene of the son’s exploits in a public toilet – to the backdrop of the looming devastation of Hurricane Katrina.”— Give ’em the old Razzle Dazzle, the Dolores Delargo Towers blog


“Lois talked about dreams and the result was 24 sets of shining eyes, belonging to young men and women who suddenly felt and saw their own potential.”—Karen Sullivan

Best-selling author, psychologist and childcare expert, Karen Sullivan, observed Lois in the classroom and wrote this column with a full feature article to follow in SecED, which is distributed in schools all over the United Kingdom. Click here to see more.
George Green’s School, 100 Manchester Road, Isle of Dogs, London  E14 3DW