Emila Kalinowski

Emila Kalinowski

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 us guidance. She is an amazing teacher and has that ability to push her students to excel in their way to success and self confidence.  We are looking forward to the next round of classes with so many talented students and the staff of LB studio. (Dana Kalinowski)

Marie Ward

Marie Ward

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.

Sandra Flores

Sandra Flores

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.

Albert Lapi

Albert Lapi

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 I was very fond of is that Lewis always tells me his honest opinion and gives you tough but very helpful constructive criticism that pushes you to be the best you can be as an artist. He’s guided me in terms of preparation, confidence and dealing with rejections – in an audition room or being on set. I recommend classes at LB Acting Studio to everyone I meet who wants to learn the right way and grow not only as an actor but as a person.

Wyatt Lamoureux

Wyatt Lamoureux

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 recently Advanced Audition with Nahanni Johnstone . And what an enjoyable, fun, educational class that is! Nahanni guided us with humour and personal anecdotes, helping us understand the process, from the importance of preparation, through scene analysis, to the needs of the people we meet in the casting room. Her wealth of experience informed both our learning and discussion, and she managed to personalize it for each of us in the class with feedback that was clear and on-point. Advanced Audition with Nahanni Johnstone is a valuable class experience, one well-worth repeating. There is always more to learn!

Yun Liu

Yun Liu

“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 to the scene, as well as cold reading. He emulates his classes as a mock audition the way they do it in real casting situations. There are a lot of talented actors out there, but only a handful that knows the technique to auditioning. Studying with LB Acting Studio definitely gives you the skills you need to stay ahead in this business.”

Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev

“I have taken Lewis’ classes and worked with him one on one. He encourages and shows his students how to shed the ‘acting techniques’, formulas and bad habits they may have acquired and gives his students the freedom to just be. A fresh start, free of judgement and open for opportunity. I have learned and become so much more comfortable and confident in my work, because Lewis has encouraged me to search for the truth in each character. To think, breathe, and create the reality of a human being that is not yourself, through yourself. Lewis is an incredible coach and extraordinary person, my experience working with him has been wonderful. Thank You Lewis!”

Malcolm McDowell

Malcolm McDowell

“You have extraordinary insight.”

Georgina Reilly

Georgina Reilly

“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 knew how to as an actress and that is invaluable.”

K.C. Collins

K.C. Collins

“Thanks for your professional insight on breaking down scripts and your amazing one on one coaching on set. You have given me and every project we’ve worked together on another level. I’m better at my craft because of your knowledge. You’re the ‘go to guy’.”

Nathan McLeod

Nathan McLeod

“Lewis is a life changing mentor. He has taught me to not just be an Actor, but a disciplined and passionate artist. Truly a pioneer that I believe is innovating the Canadian film industry.”

Rhys Ward

Rhys Ward

“Lewis and his team are always ultra accommodating for me. Lewis’ organic approach is simple and it works. He helps me create a personal relationship and understanding with each of my characters while being my authentic self. Thank you!”

Nahanni Johnstone

Nahanni Johnstone

“Lewis’ class is inspiring. He is extremely intelligent and aware of the way the business works, and provides very specific and valuable insights I have not heard from anyone else. It is obvious from his way of teaching that he cares about actors and loves the craft of acting, and his unpretentious manner and lack of ego makes everyone in his class comfortable regardless of their experience. He works amazingly well with all different levels in the same class and is an excellent private coach. Having just moved back from New York, I am thrilled to have found a guy who is as good or better than anyone I have worked with there!! Thank you Lewis.”

Romina D’Ugo

Romina D’Ugo

“Lewis’ approach is simple, specific, practical for use on-set and in audition rooms, and always rooted in the truth.  It is also ever-changing; It shifts and grows as he does as a person – after all, we’re always changing and growing as artists, shouldn’t our coaches, too?  It’s a rare quality he possesses, and it benefits my work exponentially as an actress.  Even with this fluidity, Lewis has helped me craft and hone in on reliable tools and “Drills” over the years that have stood the test of time, are easily accessible, and which I often use to self-coach and book with confidence.  He really gives you all that!”

Shamier Anderson

Shamier Anderson

“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 “traditional acting techniques” and making it quicker, simpler and more efficient; which has been a huge contributing factor to my success and I thank him. Lewis Baumander WORKS! Must I say anymore? The work speaks for itself.”

Dewshane Williams

Dewshane Williams

“Lewis is a mentor, friend, teacher, and one of my biggest supporters. I’ve been fortunate enough to gain momentum in such a competitive industry, and I don’t believe I could have done it without Lewis by my side. Whenever we see each other, it’s really refreshing. That’s the kind of relationship we have. We also have a great deal of respect for each other which I cherish. Whenever I’m getting into the ring, it’s likely that I’ll be using tools I’ve discovered while training with him. I’m incredibly thankful for that. The thing is we genuinely have a lot of fun when we work together. So you can be sure that if I ever win Best Actor in some Award show, Lewis’ name will be somewhere in that acceptance speech.”

John Bregar

John Bregar

“The foundation of Lewis’ approach is based on the science of the brain and creates nothing less than organically charged truth.”

Stacey Keach

Stacey Keach

“You’re an actor’s director.”

Drew Nelson

Drew Nelson

“You make absolute breakthroughs in Lewis’ class! He brings out the gritty, raw emotion out of you as an individual – tapping into the “animal” in all of us. As you raise the bar on yourself class-to class he’s raising the bar on himself not only as a coach but as a person, so that there’s always growth. His integrity and love for actors is why I keep coming back.”

Ellen Wong

Ellen Wong

“Lewis’s Quote: What is acting anyway? Acting is just a total lie, wherein lies a bigger truth. Lewis has inspired me to find that truth. His boundless devotion and undying patience for his students are what make him amazing. He is honest and always provides insightful feedback, which I truly appreciate. Lewis Baumander doesn’t teach acting, he teaches the art of being: breathing, thinking, feeling and creating; because that’s where the truth lies. And I want to tell the truth. Don’t you? Thank you Lewis.”

Abigail Winter

Abigail Winter

“Lewis has a rare ability to teach with both simplicity and detail. Everything that Lewis offers is directly applicable, none of that extra frilly stuff. And most importantly he teaches in a way that puts everything back into your control, so that once a teacher is no longer available, you as an actor can keep teaching and challenging yourself.”

Lyle Lettau

Lyle Lettau

“I always self tape with LB acting studio. It’s a comfortable & determined environment.”

Jacob Kraemer

Jacob Kraemer

“Working with Lewis is an experience like no other. There isn’t one technique that one needs to subscribe to to become the perfect actor. He works with you, to develop what works for you and pushes you to discover that within yourself. If I’ve learned anything about Lewis, it’s that he doesn’t let you get away with not giving your all, and that passion is contagious and inspires actors to perform at levels they’ve never achieved.”

Kate Todd

Kate Todd

“Lewis brings to the table many years of valuable experience and personal success. His classes offer students the fundamentals to draw from experience and events to enhance their performance. The knowledge and devotion he extends inspires the student to embark on the journey to become the best actor they can be.”

Steven Yaffee

Steven Yaffee

“Lewis gets you to realize where you’re at, where you want to go, and then helps you get there with advice, encouragement, honesty, and hard work. He doesn’t sugarcoat anything in the business or to the individual, which is a blessing to actors so they can grow and learn.”

Miriam McDonald

Miriam McDonald

“Lewis inspires more that just the actor in me. Through his coaching I have found a personal connection to every role I’ve approached. By stripping away all the unnecessary bravado that some classes focus on, my performances have become more truthful, authentic and castable. It’s not acting; it’s letting it be true.”

Nicholas Hamzea

Nicholas Hamzea

“Nicholas enjoyed the class so much.We only have positive feedback to share, Kate is great and Nicholas loves the private coaching sessions with Lewis as well. Class structure is very well done, the fact that students have different sides to prepare gives them the opportunity to improve themselves.” Carla Hamzea

Myah Graham

Myah Graham

“My daughter Myah was in the Acting Workshop during the third last week of the summer (August 17-21).  She loved it!  She felt that she learned so much about Acting and the Industry.  She enjoyed the other teenagers in her group and thought that the Instructor was AMAZING (Nahanni Johnstone) – so nice, funny and treated them age appropriately not like kids. She would definitely take more classes at your studio.” Melanie Graham

Makenna Beatty

Makenna Beatty

“Makenna really enjoyed the classes and learned so much.  The connection with Marcia was wonderful.  Marcia was a very patient and kind instructor, who gave Makenna wonderful instruction.  She taught Makenna how to really feel a scene as opposed to just reading it.” Michelle Beatty

Nicole Samantha Huff

Nicole Samantha Huff

“Each experience at Lewis Baumander Acting Studio is always a breath of fresh air. It is such a positive and determined environment. I’ve been blessed to work with Lewis who is a master at his art as well as an incredible, kindhearted and inspiring man. I’m so thankful for Lewis because I started booking more jobs after I started getting coached by him. He teaches me the importance of listening and reflecting back, being in the moment, and challenges me to reach deeper in myself and implement this part of myself into a scene or character. Lewis has an outstanding way of coaching and articulating his thoughts and direction. I always leave Lewis’ sessions feeling very confident and well prepared. He’s definitely my go-to acting coach. Thank you Lewis! You’re truly the best!”

Kyle Schmid

Kyle Schmid

“Everyone has their own learning style, Lewis finds that, and exploits it, helping you find an inner self you never knew existed.”

Leanne Bishop

Leanne Bishop

“My agent emailed me that my audition looks great and what an amazing job I did! I can not thank you enough. You helped me stop freaking out and brought me back to basics…KISS….this is a new way of working for me. Results vs. process, but, that’s clearly where its at! Thanks again for your commitment, kindness and patience.”

Shane Kippel

Shane Kippel

“A psychology-oriented approach to acting. Lewis has extraordinary insight into the shift in modern acting techniques, and teaches practical methods of performing that are looked for by directors and casting directors of today. Furthermore, his teachings will have you analyzing your daily interactions in an entirely different way.”

Melanie Marden

Melanie Marden

“Lewis has the ability to allow you to find places within you, therapists can’t help you reach. Once you feel them there isn’t any acting left to do, you just have to be and carry on through the script. I have never been more prepared for a script or audition then when I have studied with Lewis. He is by far the best acting (or life coach) I have experienced.”
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“Lewis, you are an incredible person with amazing talents! You manage not only to teach, but to inspire, spark contemplation and touch each one of your students hearts! God bless you for all that you are!”

Landy Cannon

Landy Cannon

“Lewis’ class gave me a venue to find what works best for me. His patience, openness and non-judgmental approach while guiding me through scenes helped immensely. I will forever be indebted. Thanks Lewis”

Jake Raymond

Jake Raymond

“I am most confident as an actor when I am working with Lewis. He has instilled an ability in me to “just be” and discover my own truth in each role. No longer worried about “following a method” or “getting it right”, I now look forward to finding what tools I naturally have that bring a character to life. Lewis has an incredible gift of helping actors find what works for them. I recently played a lead in a feature film and worked the script with Lewis before filming. Having just attended the premiere, I can safely say that watching that work on the big screen is the proudest moment of my career so far.”

Aidan Moreno

Aidan Moreno

“Lewis delivers a refreshing insight to the simplicity and truthfulness to acting. Lewis’s approach forgets the smoke and mirrors of other coaches and allows actors to better understand the natural thoughts and actions of characters. Plain and simple acting made clear for the first time.

He allowed me to gain a greater understanding when assigned a script, through different suggestions and exercises to become in touch with how your brain works, and how to apply this to becoming a better actor. By understanding the process inside your head then allows you to lead to natural and truthful acting. Truly insightful and exceptionally helpful. Thanks”

Briana-Lynn Brieiro

Briana-Lynn Brieiro

“This was my first class at LB acting studio and overall I enjoyed it. I found that the activity that benefited me the most was performing a cold read of a scene that was randomly selected. It helped me to stop overthinking and over analyzing things. Also, the class size was great because we all had our individual time to work in front of the camera. Thank you Jacob for your feedback, it was clear and I will remember it for future dramatic scenes. Lastly, thank you for an enjoyable class, I learned a lot.”

Lara Fenton

Lara Fenton

“Lewis is incredibly gifted at breaking concepts down. His direction consistently elevated my performances to a higher level. The steps that he suggests be taken when preparing material are straight forward and provide results. I will continue to study under his guidance as he is truly a genius.”

Jennifer Strype

Jennifer Strype

“I have to say, Lewis is just amazing! I have studied other places in Toronto and seem to leave with more issues then when I started. Lewis address’s exactly what you present to him and helps you identify what is working (how you got there) and what isn’t (what to try doing instead). He has really opened my eyes to different approaches and getting out of my head. Also, coming from theatre school, he opened my eyes to letting go of already learned behavior that is old, outdated and not working. I hope to be back at the studio soon and have thoroughly enjoyed my classes!”

Jessica Barrera

Jessica Barrera

“Taking classes at LB Acting Studio is one of the best decisions I’ve made as an actor. The class had a unique and effective approach to on-camera coaching. The atmosphere is always professional yet relaxed enough to learn comfortably and the coaches are friendly and well-versed working actors who are very knowledgable about the industry and the art of acting. I left these classes and went on to approach every audition with a new sense of confidence and strength. Thank you LB acting studio for the amazing experience!”

Peter Solala

Peter Solala

“The New to LB Acting Studio Class was definitely time well spent. The techniques that Lewis teaches are simple (but not necessarily easy), intuitive, and, most of all, effective. After watching them play out in class exercises, I’m convinced they offer a better, more direct path to help actors get greater access to themselves, which I believe is ultimately at the root of great acting. I’m looking forward to continuing the work in the One Camera Class.”

Rebecca Davis

Rebecca Davis

“Lewis is incredibly skilled at tailoring his coaching to the individual. He takes the time to learn how each actor’s mind works and helps them find their own way into the scene. In the end, Lewis makes acting easy – because he teaches us to bring ourselves and our own experience to the work. After a session with Lewis I always walk into the audition room feeling confident and well prepared. A gifted professional and an invaluable support, I feel fortunate to be coached by him.”

Jessica Liadsky

Jessica Liadsky

“I audited your class a few weeks ago with shawn. I really, really loved how you worked – made me remember how much I love rehearsing and being pushed and how being scared or nervous is the sometimes the best, most fulfilling feeling. There are so many classes where you get to do a piece once or twice and it almost feels like a performance, instead of working and growing. Thanks so much for letting me audit that time – I felt (and continue to feel) very inspired.”

Ashley Newbrough

Ashley Newbrough

“Lewis Baumander is inspiring and provocative yet allows you the freedom to grow, feel it and get lost in the magic. He is professional and warm and knows how to draw out the best performance in me. To me, Lewis Baumander is the Yoda of acting.”

Reid Henry

Reid Henry

“Lewis Baumander’s New to LB Acting Studio Class was INCREDIBLE. He is one of the most brilliant, insightful, charming & kind people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting.The scope of his insight on the craft of acting, coupled with his ability as a communicator makes it a privilege to study with Lewis Baumander.

Lawrene Denkers

Lawrene Denkers

“I loved the chance I had to work one-on-one with Joy Juckes for a production last fall, and loved her Dialects class at LB Acting Studio this spring just as much! She provides solid information and the kind of help that makes you feel good about what you are doing while helping you let go of anything holding you back. You WILL know your GA and RP dialects by the end of classes. Everything made sense, and I appreciate the wealth of printed information she provided to go with what we learned in class. I am grateful for both opportunities and look forward to any chance to work with Joy again. Highly recommend!’

Deanna Casaluce

Deanna Casaluce

“Lewis helps you find truth. Truth beyond the text, truth behind every character, and the truth in your craft. His intellect and insight is only exceeded by his professionalism and his determination to help you succeed. Thank you Lewis.”

Ashley Morris

Ashley Morris

“Lewis is the only acting coach I will ever go to. No words can sum up the value of his expertise. His knowledge and personal devotion to each actor is remarkable. His motivation and encouragement brought me to where I needed to be. Thank you so very much Lewis. Because of you I can now say ‘I am a working actor.”

Sarah-Jean Villa

Sarah-Jean Villa

“Lewis Baumander is an amazing talented acting teacher and person. He has worked wonders for me and my talent. I have worked with him for almost 2 years now and I would recommend him to any actor out there that is looking for a teacher to help them out with their acting career.”

Siu Ta

Siu Ta

“I’ve studied with many teachers/coaches over the years and Lewis is the only one I go back to regularly. He understands the actor’s craft and the ability of each person that he works with. His feedback and directions are always insightful, specific and helpful. He talks simply with no pretentious language and attitudes. I’m so glad my friend referred me to Lewis and since I’ve referred many friends to Lewis!”

Lauren Lipson

Lauren Lipson

“Lewis regenerated me, giving me the confidence to go after what I wanted. He is patient with actors and gives one hundred percent of himself to everyone. He changed my whole perspective about acting and brought back the joy. For that I am forever grateful to him.”

Andrea Pressburger

Andrea Pressburger

“Lewis’ class has completely changed my outlook and approach to acting. As an actor coming from a theatre school background, Lewis has brought me back down to earth and helped me to really focus my energy for film. He has given me the confidence to know that allowing the character to grow from myself and my own experiences will make my acting truthful, rather than allowing a character, separate from myself, to inhabit my world. He is a gifted coach with a wonderful way of articulating his direction, empowering the actor to take responsibility for his or her actions. His insight has been invaluable.”

Bobby Del Rio

Bobby Del Rio

“Lewis is the BEST film acting teacher in Toronto. Hands down. Lewis will give you 3 times the working time, passion and commitment of anybody else in town. His breadth of theatrical experience informs his teaching, and his meticulous approach to the ‘way of thinking’ for the actor is what film acting should be. I cannot be more enthusiastic about any other film acting teacher in this city. If Lewis was a book, he’d be required reading.”

John Sherritt

John Sherritt

“You are a great teacher Lewis, I don’t know how you do it, but you have a ‘presence’ that seems to be the key to unlocking the potential in people. Thanks again.”

David Tompa

David Tompa

“I’m constantly impressed by Lewis’ integrity. He drives himself hard to be the best teacher and expects no less from all his students.”

Shawn Reynolds

Shawn Reynolds

“His classes feel like being in a batting cage. It’s not just one chance to run the scene. You’re up there working and he’s having you change things up which allows you to know what works as well what doesn’t work.”

John-Riley O’Handley

John-Riley O’Handley

“I have worked with Lewis in classes and one-on-one situations and have never been more certain of my work than when training with him. He knows that more than just “acting” is demanded from an actor. He encourages individuality and authenticity that will help any student present themselves truthfully while realistically addressing the piece you are working on. With his guidance I successfully auditioned for The New School for Drama and will be attending their MFA program this coming September. Thank you Lewis.”

Jo Chim

Jo Chim

“As an audition coach, Lewis always pushes me to find the truth within. He’ll polish whatever I’ve worked on by either strengthening my actions or clarifying my wants. Depending on what the scene requires, he either pushes me further or takes me in a different direction altogether. Sometimes I’ll have problems relating to the character or the situation. By the end of the session, Lewis makes me realize just how close I am to that role, how I can identify with it and how to make it personal.”

Andrew Rotilio

Andrew Rotilio

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“I consider Lewis one of the great inspirations in my life and I value his mentoring highly. He was and still is, so pivotal in my development.”

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