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Member of the Week: Lewis D Wheeler

Tuesday, January 14, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: John Meredith
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Lewis D WheelerLewis is an actor and director, currently performing in SpeakEasy Stage and Front Porch Arts Collective's Pass Over through January 25. He just played Mr. Darcy in The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberly at Merrimack Repertory Theatre.


Recent productions include The 39 Steps (Gloucester Stage), Nat Turner in Jerusalem (Actors’ Shakespeare Project), Riverside and Crazy (SpeakEasy), and Ideation (New Rep).


Other theatres include American Repertory Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Lyric Stage, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Nora Theatre, Underground Railway Theatre, Greater Boston Stage Company, Huntington Theatre Company, American Stage (FL), Wheelock Family Theatre, Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, Cape Rep, Publick Theatre, and five seasons with Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre. Lewis was a founding member of Harbor Stage where he performed in The Seagull and Hedda Gabler, and directed David Rabe’s Sticks and Bones.


Film and television credits include Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, Manchester by the Sea, Black Mass, Pink Panther 2, Honest ThiefThe Company MenLouisa May Alcott (PBS), Brotherhood, City on a Hill, NOS4A2, and voiceover for PBS’ Frontline.


Ken Baltin, Lewis' nominator told us he's "a wonderful actor who is wholly committed to the profession and the New England theatre community. He and his partner Amanda Collins coordinate the New England Equity Hot-line and he is involved in other community based organizations that perform and provide services to area audiences."


In addition to stage and screen work, Lewis performs with several educational projects, including corporate diversity and inclusion training with IBIS Consulting, and improv-based simulation programs at Boston Children’s Hospital, helping clinicians improve communication skills in difficult situations. He is also a member of Theatre Espresso, engaging students across New England in interactive dramas about crises of social justice in American history. 


Prior to acting Lewis worked in film production, producing the documentaries Leading to War, about the build-up to war in Iraq, and Casting About, about auditioning actors. He co-produced the dramatic feature film The Blue Diner for WGBH/PBS, and produced several environmental/wildlife documentaries for Turner Broadcasting, from Ethiopia to Alaska.


Lewis studied theatre and film at Cornell University, and received his MFA from the American Film Institute (AFI).


A proud member of  SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) since 2004, Lewis serves on the area AEA Liaison Committee. He lives in the South End with his partner and fellow actor Amanda Collins, along with their almost 15-year-old yet spry bunny Brie Spartacus.


To continue to fit into his costumes, over the past two years Lewis has started racing triathlons at the Sprint and Olympic distances.


Want to nominate someone to be our next member of the week? Fill out the form here and nominate someone you think deserves a little bit of spotlight!


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