WHO IS THE LB BEHIND LB?
Over the past 48 years, Lewis has directed over 100 plays across Canada, in theatres such 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 of Shakespeare’s plays and other classical theatre pieces. He has conducted workshops for numerous ACTRA conferences and maintains an active relationship with the Union. He has also directed Television and a Feature Film (Future Fear). He has been a casting consultant on several TV series and is often called to be an On-Set Acting Coach (Scary Stories, Titans, Degrassi and The Strain). Lewis has directed, taught and coached actors such as Shamier Anderson (Awake, Goliath, Race) Nina Dobrev (Degrassi, Vampire Diaries), and Ellen Wong (Scott Pilgrim, Glow, Condor).
Lewis has coached and taught 4 generations of working actors including, Nahanni Johnstone (Orange Is The New Black), K.C. Collins (Saving Hope, Mogadishu, The Strain) & Noah Danby (Killjoys Bitten, Defiance). Georgina Reilly (Murdoch Mysteries, Goalie, Saving Hope) and Shelby Bain (The Next Step). He has worked closely with many actors on shows such as Degrassi: The Next Generation, The Strain, Riverdale, Arrow, Supernatural, Frankie Drake, Bitten, Hand Maids Tale, Winona Earp, The Flash, Frankie Drake, Life With Boys, among many, many others. Three Gemini nomination performances have arisen out of this group: Romina D’ugo, Shane Kippel and Nahanni Johnstone. He is currently working with 2 time Olympic Silver Medalist and 3-time Canadian world figure skater Elvis Stojko in his bid to transition into acting.
Lewis directed the annual Industry Show for The Humber School of Comedy at Second City for four 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 LB Acting Studio where he teaches weekly group classes year-round and coaches actors individually daily. He is often a go-to coach for some of the top agents at Canada’s top tier talent agencies including The Characters, Noble Caplan Abrams, AMI, OAZ, and many others. He has trained seven coaches to teach his highly successful approach to acting.
Over the past 2 years in excess of 100 actors a year have been cast from coaching done by Lewis and his coaches. He produces Ideal Reels 5 times a year where, along with his son Daniel, he writes and directs 42 one minute short films over the course of each weekend event. It would be rare to find a TV show or Film shot in Toronto that hasn’t had an LB Acting Studio actor on their sets.
Lewis is also the owner of Casting Central one of Canada’s largest Casting Facilities. Casting Directors such as RDC, Forrest and Forrest, Tina Gerusi, Deirdre Bowen, Buchan Knight, and Lewis Kay Casting among them.