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22. UCB & BroadwayWorld Winner Donzell Lewis Embracing Authenticity in TV & Film

January 16, 2024 Walid Chaya, Kavita Raj, Donzell Lewis Season 3 Episode 22
22. UCB & BroadwayWorld Winner Donzell Lewis Embracing Authenticity in TV & Film
LIGHTS CAMERA CONVERSATION - The Walid Chaya & Kavita Raj Podcast
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LIGHTS CAMERA CONVERSATION - The Walid Chaya & Kavita Raj Podcast
22. UCB & BroadwayWorld Winner Donzell Lewis Embracing Authenticity in TV & Film
Jan 16, 2024 Season 3 Episode 22
Walid Chaya, Kavita Raj, Donzell Lewis

Join hosts Walid and Kavita for an exciting episode featuring the versatile artist, Donzell Lewis. Growing up in Virginia, Donzell honed his skills in martial arts, acting, and directing. His journey led him to meet Walid during their time in college at acting school, fostering a lasting friendship and professional collaboration from VA to LA.

Catch Donzell in commercials for renowned brands like Hyundai and Warby Parker, as well as in the upcoming films "Divorce Bait" and "Dope Queens." His outstanding performance in the stage adaptation of "Dope Queens" earned him the BroadwayWorld Award for "Best Actor." In the acclaimed "The Book of Queer" series on Discovery+, Donzell portrays multiple iconic characters, including MLK and Glenn Burke. Notably, he is the winner of UCB's "Bad Drag Race" and also a 5th-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Beyond acting, directing, and coaching, Donzell's passion lies in arts education. Delve into his insights on the challenges and rewards of juggling on-camera roles with his commitment to theater arts education. Discover Donzell's invaluable advice on authenticity in artistry, offering a glimpse into his thriving career both in front of and behind the camera.

Tune in to this enlightening conversation with a true artiste, and uncover Donzell's wisdom on embracing authenticity and excelling in diverse roles within the entertainment industry.


DONZELL LEWIS' BIO:

Donzell Lewis is a distinguished actor, director and theater educator known for his unwavering commitment to the arts. Holding a BFA in Performance and an MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University, his strong educational foundation complements his multifaceted skill set. His remarkable career has garnered acclaim from prestigious institutions such as The American Theater Wing, American Theatre Magazine, and The California Arts Council all highlighting his exceptional contributions to the theater education world.

As an actor, his work can be seen on shows such as the television sketch show “The Book of Queer” (currently on HBO MAX), the Eric Andre Show, and Tosh.0, among many other tv, film, and voice-over credits. Additionally, he has appeared in commercials for esteemed brands such as Hyundai and Warby Parker while also maintaining a long-standing Los Angeles theater career as an actor and drag performer.

With over 15 years of experience as an educator, Donzell consistently demonstrates his expertise in designing, delivering, and assessing outstanding arts education courses. 

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Show Notes

Join hosts Walid and Kavita for an exciting episode featuring the versatile artist, Donzell Lewis. Growing up in Virginia, Donzell honed his skills in martial arts, acting, and directing. His journey led him to meet Walid during their time in college at acting school, fostering a lasting friendship and professional collaboration from VA to LA.

Catch Donzell in commercials for renowned brands like Hyundai and Warby Parker, as well as in the upcoming films "Divorce Bait" and "Dope Queens." His outstanding performance in the stage adaptation of "Dope Queens" earned him the BroadwayWorld Award for "Best Actor." In the acclaimed "The Book of Queer" series on Discovery+, Donzell portrays multiple iconic characters, including MLK and Glenn Burke. Notably, he is the winner of UCB's "Bad Drag Race" and also a 5th-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Beyond acting, directing, and coaching, Donzell's passion lies in arts education. Delve into his insights on the challenges and rewards of juggling on-camera roles with his commitment to theater arts education. Discover Donzell's invaluable advice on authenticity in artistry, offering a glimpse into his thriving career both in front of and behind the camera.

Tune in to this enlightening conversation with a true artiste, and uncover Donzell's wisdom on embracing authenticity and excelling in diverse roles within the entertainment industry.


DONZELL LEWIS' BIO:

Donzell Lewis is a distinguished actor, director and theater educator known for his unwavering commitment to the arts. Holding a BFA in Performance and an MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University, his strong educational foundation complements his multifaceted skill set. His remarkable career has garnered acclaim from prestigious institutions such as The American Theater Wing, American Theatre Magazine, and The California Arts Council all highlighting his exceptional contributions to the theater education world.

As an actor, his work can be seen on shows such as the television sketch show “The Book of Queer” (currently on HBO MAX), the Eric Andre Show, and Tosh.0, among many other tv, film, and voice-over credits. Additionally, he has appeared in commercials for esteemed brands such as Hyundai and Warby Parker while also maintaining a long-standing Los Angeles theater career as an actor and drag performer.

With over 15 years of experience as an educator, Donzell consistently demonstrates his expertise in designing, delivering, and assessing outstanding arts education courses. 

WATCH THIS EPISODE:
youtube.com/@LightsCameraConversation

FOLLOW US AND LET'S CHAT:

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tiktok.com/@lightscameraconversation


DISCLAIMER:
The content in this podcast episode is provided for general informational purposes only. By listening to our episode, you understand that no information contained in this episode should be construed as advice from LIGHTS CAMERA CONVERSATION (LCC) or the individual author, hosts, or guests, nor is it intended to be a substitute for research on any subject matter. Reference to any specific product or entity does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by LCC. The views expressed by guests are their own and their appearance on the program does not imply an endorsement of them or any entity they represent.

LCC expressly disclaims any and all liability or responsibility for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or other damages arising out of any individual’s use of, reference to, or inability to use this podcast or the information we presented in this podcast.