Lewis Baumander

Over the past 43 years Lewis has directed over 100 plays across Canada in such theatres as the Tarragon and the Manitoba Theatre Centre (including Hamlet with Keanu Reeves). He built and ran Skylight Theatre in Earl Bales Park for 10 years where he directed many Shakespeare plays and other classical theatre pieces. He has also directed Television and a Feature Film. He has been a casting consultant on several TV series and an on-set Acting Coach for more than a hundred TV episodes and four Feature Films. Lewis has directed, taught and/or coached actors such as Nina Dobrev, Malcolm McDowell and Stacey Keach.

Lewis has begun coaching and teaching his fourth generation of working actors including Georgina Reilly (Murdoch Mysteries, Heartland, Saving Hope), Ellen Wong (The Carrie Diaries, Scott Pilgrim Vs The World), Cristine Prosperi (Open Heart, Degrassi), Nahanni Johnstone (Minority Report FOXTV, Open Heart, Orange Is The New Black), K.C. Collins (Saving Hope, RoboCop, Lost Girl) & Noah Danby (Killjoys TV series, Bitten, Defiance). He has worked closely with many actors on such shows such as Degrassi: The Next Generation, The Strain, Hannibal, Beauty & the Beast, Bitten, The Book of Negroes, Defiance, Reign, Hemlock Grove, Living in my Car, Life With Boys, Being Human, Debra, Lost Girl, Combat Hospital, King, Highland Gardens, Republic of Doyle, Being Erica and Played among many, many others. Three Gemini nomination performances have arisen out of this group: Romina D’ugo, Shane Kippel and Nahanni Johnstone .

He directed the annual Industry Show for The Humber School of Comedy at Second City for 4 years, which starred such great comedians as Andrea Martin (SCTV), and Don Ferguson (Air Farce). He also taught at the University of Manitoba, University of Windsor, Ryerson, Humber, Sheridan and Seneca College.

Lewis founded the Lewis Baumander Acting Studio where he teaches weekly group classes year-round, and coaches actors individually on a daily basis. Lewis considers himself fortunate to have had so many talented and special actors pass through his Studio. He takes no credit. He just feels honoured to have been a part of their success.

Lewis is also the owner of Casting Central, having purchased it in 2012. Casting Central is Toronto’s full service casting facility making it the one stop location for all your casting needs. www.castingcentral.ca

Lewis Baumander
  • Thank you so much for this wonderful session!  Emilia loved, loved the acting class and ability to express herself as an actress!  I think she did amazing job and we are so grateful to have a such a wonderful teacher as Marcia to help us grow and give […]

    Emila Kalinowski

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  • No matter where you are at in your career, Lewis brings it right back to the grass roots of acting in film…authenticity and honestly is key.

    Marie Ward

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  • Working with Dialects was excellent. I learned a lot! And not just about dialects, but also about breathing, speech and resonance. Joy is just fabulous! Funny, engaging and extremely knowledgeable.

    Sandra Flores

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  • Lewis was my first coach whom I approached when I wanted to start acting. I’m happy to say that after 3 years of working with him, he’s built my confidence and given me the knowledge I need to succeed in this industry. One thing […]

    Albert Lapi

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  • As an old theatre actor finding my way into the wonderful world of television/film/commercials, LB Acting Studio has been perfect for my needs. I have already been able to apply what I’ve learned in class, from the Intro to LB Acting Studio, and most […]

    Wyatt Lamoureux

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  • “I have been taking classes at LB Acting Studio for about almost 2 years now. During this time, I have learned and improved so much when I’m auditioning for casting directors. Lewis doesn’t just teach you how to act, he incorporates breathing, staying true […]

    Yun Liu

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  • “Lewis keeps things simple and workable. Everything he uses is based on what we naturally think and do. I don’t worry about being “wrong” or “right” for a role anymore, I just am. He gave me the confidence to do what I always innately […]

    Georgina Reilly

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  • “Lewis Baumander is my go to acting coach, life teacher and friend. The skills he provides for his students are timeless and can be applied to all mediums of film, television and performance. He has expanded my thinking as an actor from eliminating the […]

    Shamier Anderson

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  • “We have watched Lewis coach and teach for many years now. He is a consummate professional and seems to make the actors feel at ease as they hone their craft. What is uniquely great about Lewis’ approach is that he helps the actor find […]

    Jenny Lewis & Sara Kay

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  • “Actors enjoy rigorous workouts: stretching and reaching new heights with Lewis. Function, form, and facts are more than baseline with him. They are the foundation he lays for actors to succeed. Lewis Baumander’s diagnostic and practical approach to training actors is pivotal to the […]

    Norbert Abrams

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