Saturday May 20th – 11:45 – 1:15pm – Near Studio

Accountability and Power Redistribution in the Classroom: Moving Beyond 19th and 20th Century Acting Technique Thought Constructs.

It’s time to challenge this status quo and offer an alternative approach rooted in 21st century thinking that promotes accountability and the redistribution of power in the classroom.
In this workshop, we will present teaching scenarios and queries that challenge coaches and teachers to consider their approach to common classroom situations. Through open discussion and exploration of potential solutions, we will locate specific techniques to promote accountability and power redistribution in the classroom. We will turn the process on its head by prioritizing the mindset of the coach, rather than the student’s mindset.

Lewis recently celebrated 50 years in the business as a Director, Coach, and Teacher. He’s taught at many Universities including The University of Manitoba, Windsor, and The School of Comedy at Humber College. He’s directed at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto and a major production of Hamlet at The Manitoba Theatre Centre starring Keanu Reeves.

Lewis is the owner of Casting Central in Toronto and LB Acting Studio. The Studio has 11 coaches and trains over 2000 actors a year. He continues to train and coach established and emerging talent as well as on-set coaching. Lewis has participated in the growth and success of hundreds of actors including Shamier Anderson, Dewshane Williams, and Nina Dobrev. Most sets in Toronto have at least one or more LB Actors or Alumni on them. He is currently writing his book on the Acting techniques he’s developed at LB Acting Studio.