LB Acting Studio Coach Lewis

Educational Background

Lewis Baumander graduated from York University, where he honed his skills and laid the foundation for his illustrious career in acting and directing​. 

Teaching and Coaching

Lewis has taught at prestigious institutions including the University of Manitoba, University of Windsor, Ryerson University, Humber College, Sheridan College, and Seneca College. His expertise is sought after by top talent agencies across North America, and he has played a pivotal role in the careers of many successful actors​.

Innovative Training Methods

Lewis has developed unique training methodologies that combine traditional techniques with modern practices. His approach ensures that actors are well-prepared for the contemporary challenges of the acting profession. He is currently working on a book that outlines the acting techniques he has developed at LB Acting Studio, further cementing his influence in the field.

Casting Central

In addition to founding LB Acting Studio, Lewis owns Casting Central, one of Canada’s largest casting facilities. Casting Central facilitates the work of top casting directors, providing essential services to the industry. This dual role allows Lewis to offer his students unparalleled insights into the casting process and industry expectations​. 

Live with Lewis is an interactive Q & A session with the owner and founder of the LB Acting Studio, Lewis Baumander. Offered every Friday at 10AM EST, the public is welcome to join and learn more about the industry, insiders acting information, as well as what our studio has to offer.

Lewis Baumander

A Visionary Leader in Acting Education

Lewis Baumander, the founder of LB Acting Studio, is a highly respected acting coach and director with over 50 years of experience in the industry. His passion for acting and dedication to teaching have made him a much sought after coach in the acting community across the country. Alumni include Keanu Reeves, Shamier Anderson, Nina Dobrev, and Ellen Wong who speak openly of the influence Lewis had on their careers.

Career Highlights and Achievements

Lewis began his career as a theatre director, working on numerous productions across North America. He directed over 100 plays in prestigious theatres such as The Tarragon Theatre in Toronto and The Manitoba Theatre Centre. One of his notable productions was Hamlet starring Keanu Reeves, was met with international success. Other significant stage productions directed by Lewis include:

  • The Tempest: In Toronto’s Earl Bales Park, in 1987 and ’89, a production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest directed by Lewis Baumander at Skylight Theatre made Canadian theatre history when it reinterpreted Shakespeare’s play in light of Canada’s colonial and colonizing history, setting the action in Haida Gwaii (formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands) and featuring the work of aboriginal theatre artists Monique Mojica, Billy Merasty and René Highway. This interpretation highlighted themes of colonization and cultural appropriation, making it an important production in the context of Canadian Shakespearean adaptations​ (Literary Review of Canada)​​ (UNB Journals)​.

Lewis also directed the yearly Industry show for the School of Comedy out of Humber College on the legendary Second City Stage for 4 years. The guest stars included Andrea Martin, Dave Folly, Don Ferguson, and Graham Greene.

Beyond the stage, Lewis has an extensive career in film and television. He directed episodes for the courtroom drama series Divorce Court and Marriage Councillor for CTV. He worked as a voice director for the popular animated series Sailor Moon. His work in film includes directing a feature film for legendary producer Roger Corman, known for his influence in the independent film industry.

In television, Lewis has been a casting consultant and acting coach on many successful series. He has coached actors for such acclaimed shows such as:

  • The Boys: A hit superhero series known for its dark humor and complex characters.
  • Ginny and Georgia: A popular Netflix series that blends drama and comedy.
  • Sex/Life: A provocative series exploring complex relationships.
  • The Handmaid’s Tale: An award-winning dystopian series based on Margaret Atwood’s novel.
  • Invasion: In its 3rd season following the lives of those try to flee or battle an alien invasion.
  • From: A sci-fi horror series known for its intense and gripping storyline.
  • Umbrella Academy: A superhero series praised for its unique characters and storytelling​

Lewis has played a pivotal role in the careers of many successful actors, including Keanu Reeves, Shamier Anderson, Nina Dobrev, Dewshane Williams, and Ellen Wong. His coaching has been instrumental in their development and success, helping them navigate the complexities of their careers. Their heartfelt testimonials underline the significant influence Baumander has had on his students, reinforcing his reputation as a mentor who not only teaches but also transforms his students’ approach to acting, making him a pivotal figure in their professional growth and success.

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