George Lewis
Performer / Teacher

GEORGE L. LEWIS has been working in the field of movement-based theatre since 1971. His background includes intensive study in Corporeal Mime in Paris with Etienne Decroux, circus skills and physical comedy at the French National Circus School, acting at the Pasqualini-Smith Studio in Seattle, Balinese Dance with I Made Djimat in Bali, and Meyerhold's Biomechanics with Russian Master Teacher Gennadi Bogdanov. His work is deeply steeped in the tradition of ensemble work and original creation; he has performed and toured with Omnibus in Montreal, Theatre-Mime Mirage in Boston, the Boulder Mime-Theatre in Colorado, and the Sykes Group and threeCompany in Seattle. As a director, he has created movement driven productions of, amongst others, Shakespeare, Moliere, Thornton Wilder, Irene Fornes, and James Thurber. He has also served as movement director and/or co-creator of new work, bringing his unique understanding of choreographic concern, dramatic acting values and physical comedy skills to over fifty original works. His work as an actor includes the roles of Trigorin in Chekhov's The Seagull, Pa in Wilder's The Happy Journey, Joseph in Romulus Linney's When the Lord Came to Sand Mountain, and the talentless dancer/would-be comedian in Saroyan's The Time of your Life. Since 1978 George Lewis has been teaching acting, clown, mask, and physical theatre skills, at his own school in Boston, at colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada. For the past three years he has been dividing his time between Seattle and Buenos Aires, where he also teaches Movement and Clown, and directs. He is a co-founder and core faculty member of Freehold Studio/Theatre Lab.