Bio

Lewis is a versatile actor working in film, television, and theatre. Film and television credits include Greta Gerwig's Little Women, Manchester by the Sea, Black Mass, Company Men, City on a Hill, NOS4A2, Brotherhood, Pink Panther 2, Louisa May Alcott, and voiceover for PBS’ Frontline.

 

On stage, Lewis has appeared regionally in over 65 productions at dozens of theatres including American Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage, New Repertory Theatre, Lyric Stage, Actors' Shakespeare Project, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, and five seasons at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre. He has directed multiple stage productions, and co-founded Harbor Stage Company in 2012.

In addition to stage and screen work, Lewis has performed in educational and corporate projects (both live and taped), including Diversity and Inclusion training for a wide range of corporate clients, and improv-based simulation programs at Children’s Hospital Boston, helping clinicians improve communication in difficult situations. Lewis received his BA from Cornell University and an MFA from the American Film Institute (AFI).

My story

I grew up in a theatre family, avidly watching the rehearsals and shows of my father, the late director David Wheeler, and my mother, actress Bronia Stefan Sielewicz, who together founded one of the earliest regional theatres in the country in 1963, Theatre Company of Boston (TCB), producing hundreds of controversial new works by Pinter, Beckett, Albee, Sam Shepard, Adrienne Kennedy, Ed Bullins and other cutting-edge playwrights. Among the talented young actors my folks worked with were Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Duvall, Stockard Channing, Blythe Danner, Larry Bryggman, John Cazale, Hector Elizondo, Spalding Gray, Paul Guilfoyle, Ralph Waite, Paul Benedict.

 

Bouncing from the audience to backstage, as a youngster I watched actors at the top of their game – Al Pacino in The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel, Richard Jenkins in Fool for Love, Peter Gerety in Hurlyburly, and many, many others.

 

While acting in college productions, I became fascinated by film, majoring in theatre and film studies at Cornell University. I later got my MFA in Directing at the American Film Institute (AFI), then pursued production work, from AD to production manager to producing wildlife docs in Ethiopia and Alaska, and traversing the Grand Canyon with James Taylor and environmentalist Martin Litton.

 

I produced several documentary films, including Leading to Warabout the lead-up to the Iraq War, and Casting About, about auditioning actors, and co-produced the dramatic feature The Blue Diner for WGBH/PBS.

 

All along I was acting here and there – and I Assistant Directed with my dad on a number of projects – but it was performing in a community theatre production of Conor McPherson’s soulful Irish barroom play The Weir  (produced in an empty, wintry storefront) that inspired me to return full-time to acting. I missed the immediate, visceral connection with my work. 

 

Now I’m an experienced actor working in film, television, and theatre. You can see my resumes and full credits here. Highlights for me include Jamie in Long Day's Journey into Night , Father Flynn in Doubt, and Pinter's No Man's Land  with my dad. I directed multiple stage productions, and co-founded Harbor Stage Company in Wellfleet in 2012. 

 

When not on stage or watching Netflix, I enjoy winter hiking with friends in the White Mountains and training for sprint and Olympic distance triathlons.

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