Damian Darnell Lewis is an actor/director who has been teaching the craft for over 15 years. He is the Associate Artistic Director for Shakespeare Remixed, a TheatreWorkers Project, which partners with Shakespeare Center of L.A. and the Ensemble Studio Theater. He also holds a Career Tech Ed. (CTE) credential through the state of California.
A graduate of The Juilliard School, he began developing his voice and speech “Skinner” skills under the guidance of former CalArts instructor Denise Woods. In 2012, she introduced him to the community of CalArts, as a substitute instructor. Prior to that, Damian taught voice and speech, acting, movement and stage combat at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA - 13 years). More recently, he has taught the same at Champs Charter High School in Van Nuys. He also provides private coaching for various L.A. based actors and artists, debate teams and slam poets.
As an actor, Damian has been cast in over 35 theatrical productions, with credits that include noteworthy performances in roles such as Othello and Oberon at The Lost Studio in Hollywood, CA. He also received critical acclaim in the title role of The Very Old Man with Enormous Wings at the Kirk Douglas Theater in Culver City, CA. His New York credits include the title role in Richard III, and Damis in Tartuffe, directed by the late Garland Wright.
Since his directorial debut production of James Baldwin’s Amen Corner in 2002, Damian Darnell Lewis has gone on to direct over 20 shows, including the box office hit productions of In The Heights, Twilight L.A. 1992, Salvage, O’ Those Mid-Summer Nights and For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf. Damian’s film directing credits include Culture Machine’s documentary Clean SLATE, about an inner city youth program in New York City. He is also the director of the Independent short, Like Father, Like Son, about a young Latino gang member’s encounter with an elderly black male in jail.
Damian Darnell Lewis was honored to be featured in a teaching role for the documentary film Fame High by the Academy Award nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy.