Damian Darnell Lewis is a 1998 graduate of The Juilliard School, and has been a working actor, director, and coach for over 15 years. He serves as the Associate Artistic-Director of Shakespeare Remixed, a TheatreWorkers Project production. Together, they have produced works for the Shakespeare Center of L.A., as well as, the Ensemble Studio Theater, in Atwater Village.
However, it was during his training days at Juilliard, that Damian began developing his passion for the art of public speaking. It was there, under the precise guidance of his mentor and former CalArts faculty member, Denise Woods, that he honed his craft and command for Vocal Techniques and Skinner Speaking skills.
In 2012, Ms. Woods introduced Damian to the CalArts community, as a long-term sub for her. In 2015, he was asked to return, as a sub for current faculty member, Dwight Bacquie. And, in 2016, Damian was honored with the offer to join the department, as a full-time Speech Faculty member.
Prior to that, Damian has taught voice and speech, acting, movement and stage combat, at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and Champs Charter High School. Damian also provides private coachings, to various actors and artists, debate teams and slam poets, in and around the L.A. area.
As an actor himself, Damian has been cast in over 35 theatrical productions, with credits that include noteworthy performances in roles, such as, Othello and Oberon. He received critical acclaim as the title role in the Center Theatre Group’s production of “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings”. His New York credits include the title role in ”Richard III”, as well as, “Damis” in Tartuffe. Directed by the late great, 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 regional theater productions of “In The Heights”, “Twilight L.A. 1992”, “Salvage”, 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”; a program for inner city youth, based in New York. He is also the director of the Independent short, “Like Father, Like Son”. A film about a young latino gang member’s encounter with an elderly black male, in jail. Produced by TheatreWorkers and Last Few Artists.
Damian was also honored to have his passion for the craft, and teaching style, featured in the film, “Fame High”. A documentary by the Academy Award nominated director, Scott Hamilton Kennedy. Lastly, Damian is the proud father of three, and a husband to one.