Lewis Baumander, Owner
Over the past 43 years Lewis has directed over 100 plays across Canada in such theatres as the Tarragon and the Manitoba Theatre Centre (including Hamlet with Keanu Reeves). He built and ran Skylight Theatre in Earl Bales Park for 10 years where he directed many Shakespeare plays and other classical theatre pieces. He has also directed Television and a Feature Film. He has been a casting consultant on several TV series and an on-set Acting Coach for more than a hundred TV episodes and four Feature Films. Lewis has directed, taught and/or coached actors such as Nina Dobrev, Malcolm McDowell and Stacey Keach.
Lewis has begun coaching and teaching his fourth generation of working actors including Georgina Reilly (Murdoch Mysteries, Heartland, Saving Hope), Ellen Wong (The Carrie Diaries, Scott Pilgrim Vs The World), Cristine Prosperi (Open Heart, Degrassi), Nahanni Johnstone (Minority Report FOXTV, Open Heart, Orange Is The New Black), K.C. Collins (Saving Hope, RoboCop, Lost Girl) & Noah Danby (Killjoys TV series, Bitten, Defiance). He has worked closely with many actors on such shows such as Degrassi: The Next Generation, The Strain, Hannibal, Beauty & the Beast, Bitten, The Book of Negroes, Defiance, Reign, Hemlock Grove, Living in my Car, Life With Boys, Being Human, Debra, Lost Girl, Combat Hospital, King, Highland Gardens, Republic of Doyle, Being Erica and Played among many, many others. Three Gemini nomination performances have arisen out of this group: Romina D’ugo, Shane Kippel and Nahanni Johnstone .
He directed the annual Industry Show for The Humber School of Comedy at Second City for 4 years, which starred such great comedians as Andrea Martin (SCTV), and Don Ferguson (Air Farce). He also taught at the University of Manitoba, University of Windsor, Ryerson, Humber, Sheridan and Seneca College.
Lewis founded the Lewis Baumander Acting Studio where he teaches weekly group classes year-round, and coaches actors individually on a daily basis. Lewis considers himself fortunate to have had so many talented and special actors pass through his Studio. He takes no credit. He just feels honoured to have been a part of their success.
Lewis is also the owner of Casting Central, having purchased it in 2012. Casting Central is Toronto’s full service casting facility making it the one stop location for all your casting needs. www.castingcentral.ca