A Columbus, Ohio native, and a member of S.A.G./A.F.T.R.A., is no stranger to film, television, comedy, stage plays and commercials. He has acted, directed, written and produced in every genre and format.
In the Ohio region he’s appeared in commercials and print work for Kroger, Elder-Beerman, Cota, Chrysler and Value City. The theatrically released films and nationally aired film and television dramas, and comedies, he’s appeared in have production budgets totaling over $80 million dollars and grossing over $300 + million dollars in U.S. theaters, with additional revenue from DVD sales, cable and TV rights, foreign markets, seen by tens of millions, and were produced by media giants ABC, CBS, NBC, HBO, Alcon Entertainment, Warner Bros., Lionsgate,Columbia/Tri-Star Pictures,and Lionsgate/Tyler Perry Studios. He has acted in such stage production plays as Purlie, Frankenstein, The Fantasticks, Golden Boy andFirst Breeze of Summer.He was also a morning drive on-air radio personality on Z-103FM/Johnstown on the Brian & Lewis Show.B’nard has played opposite of such actors as Owen Wilson, Katt Williams,Ed Helms, Andre Braugher, Sinbad, Jackee, Sherman Hemsley,Loretta Devine,Joe Pantoliano, Obba Babatunde, Cindy Herron,Anna Marie Horsfordand Rene Jones to name a few.
B’nard is vastly considered one of the, if not thee,top acting instructor, writer andproduction executive in the Midwest region who is actually working nationally.
APPEARANCES, RECOGNITIONS, HONORS AND AWARDS:
ABC Television Network’s Talent Development ProgramNamed: ‘One To Watch’ by TV Guide MagazineNamed: ‘A Natural’ by The Columbus DispatchFeatured on: Good Morning AmericaFeatured on: A.M. Los AngelesColumbus Public Schools/City of Columbus’Artist-In Schools Course Instructor in the areas of:Acting and Media Arts
Film and Television credits:(writer/producer/LF&E)The Alien, We(writer/producer/In Development/LF&E)The A.I.M.(actor/writer/In Development/LF&E)Apartment 304(writer/In Development/Relky Star)A Perfect Chaos(actor/Alcon/Warner Bros.) Father Figures(comic/Code11)Getting To The Punchline(actor/director/LewisFilms)The First Shot(actor/HBO)A Better Way To Die(actor/Disney/Caravan)Houseguest(actor/ABC)Heart & Soul(actor/NBC)Jackee(actor/NBC)Amen(actor/CBS)Hard Time On Planet Earth
B’nard is an Alumni Member of ABC’s Television Network’s Talent Development Program.
He is also the CEO of LewisFilms & Entertainment Co. LLC, a full service production entity,
and the only author of LF&E’s entire library of literary content totaling over 50+ titles.
“It is said that a man’s course is akin to his velocity and ability to turn on a dime. He must be stealth like. Reflexes of a living wind. The agility of calm. The ability to turn on a dime. A shadow before the shadow. This is akin to his course.” – Anonymous
My brand is my experiences. I won’t change who I am, I just improve on who I am. As a positive message, If I can do it, so can you! So whatever it is you’re going through right now, just remember, be encouraged. Be vigilant. Be visionary. Be you. And share your experiences and how you overcame them with others.
Where can you find B’nard Lewis these days?
He’s back in his home town Columbus, Ohio, fulfilling a dream and an artistic promise.
To make major projects in his home town.
The Artistic Promise.
To bring a national presence in the arts at the very highest of levels to Columbus, by way of workshops in the areas of acting and writing for the screen.
Everything thing is possible!
Seems like B’nard, knows that, and wants to let the artist in Columbus know that too.
After all, being a local artist, like himself, is the coolest thing!
B’nard Lewis (Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio) is an actor/writer/director, known for ‘Bastards’ (Warner Bros. 2016), ‘Apartment 304’ (LewisFilms/Hidden Soldier Inc. 2017), ‘A Perfect Chaos’ (Relkystar 2017), ‘A Better Way to Die’ (HBO), ‘Getting to the Punchline’ (Code 11 Comedy 2012), ‘The First Shot’ (LewisFilms & Ent.) and ‘Houseguest’ (Disney/Caravan). B’nard started out in the theater in Columbus, Ohio and Los Angeles taking on lead and supporting roles in such plays as ‘First Breeze of Summer,’ ‘Golden Boy’ and ‘The Fantasticks.’ Discovered as a kid by Dustin Hoffman in Los Angeles, California, B’nard was cast on the spot in the film ‘Straight Time’ and so his acting career began with his scene with Dustin Hoffman left on the cutting room floor. B’nard would go on to study acting at Centre Stage Theater under Carol Khan-White, at Cincinnati’s Eden Park Conservatory under Dewey Hawthorne; voice, diction and theater at West Valley College and over 15 years with Method Acting and Sense Memory Coach Pierre Robin at the Young Actor’s Studio Workshop near The Ohio State University Campus. To make ends meet as an actor B’nard has moonlighted as an early a.m. Disc Jockey, stand-up comic, print model and factory worker. B’nard would go on to be selected by ABC Television for their Talent Development Program landing him the lead in the (aired) pilot ‘Heat & Soul’ and later a co-starring role in the (aired) NBC pilot ‘Jackée.’ B’nard has been named by TV Guide Magazine as “one to watch”. B’nard has 40 + film, TV and game show titles to be produced. B’nard is signed with Midwest Talent Management in Los Angeles, California.
– IMDb Mini Biography By: LFE
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Dale Shields is a professor of theatre, director, and actor (Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, and Regional).
The 2017 winner of The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award®, 2017 and 2015 Tony® award nominee for the Excellence in Theatre Education Award, and the winner of the 2017 AUDELCO/"VIV" Special Achievement Award. In 2020 He was also awarded The Actors Fund / Encore Award
On the web, he is the archivist and historian of Iforcolor.org and Black Theatre/African American Voices [Facebook] (theatre, music, and art). He has taught classes and workshops at SUNY Potsdam, Susquehanna University, Denison University, Randolph-Macon College, Macalester College, The College of Wooster, Ohio University, Wayne State University, and the Joseph Papp Public Theatre (New York Shakespeare Festival).
B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees from Ohio University.