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J.D. Lewis 

Owner of The Actor's Lab

J.D. Lewis, longtime actor and revered acting coach, has recently expanded his company, The Actor's Lab, to the Charlotte area. Lewis moved from L.A. to Charlotte with his two children, opening the new actor's studio in the popular art district of NoDa, located at the Hart-Witzen Gallery at E. 36th St.

The Actor's Lab was founded in 1990 and features classes that help students learn about the craft of acting, as well as aspects of pursuing a career in acting. Regarding the reason as to why he chose Charlotte to relocate, Lewis says he picked Charlotte because, "I wanted to have my kids grow up around 'real' people and trees. L.A. is a great place, but not the best choice, I think, for raising kids." Lewis has two sons, ages 5 and 10, that he adopted at birth as a single parent.

You might recognize Lewis from the Vidal Sassoon commercials. "People would stop me on the street and ask me for advice about their haircut or the best shampoo to buy. It was a nightmare."

Lewis once played a shark in a re-enactment reality show. "I give sharks a lot of credit. It's hard to swim that fast. And the good news, when it aired on TV, it really looked real. I still think I should have won an Emmy for that."

AmerWrecka, a play that he wrote and directed, is being made into a feature film that begins filming in April 2008.

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