Chantrell M. Lewis
Actor, Author, Educator, Non-Profit Executive Director
Chantrell M. Lewis, M.F.A (She/Her) affectionately known as Channy, is an actor, author, educator, social behavioral researcher, and artist. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Kent State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California, Irvine. Lewis has spent the past few years working as a lead teaching artist in theatre-based education programs. Her passion is the performing arts and her deeply rooted love for them fuels her everyday entrepreneurial and artistic endeavors. Lewis is a dedicated social innovator,
who believes that everyone is capable of achieving the things they set their minds to. Notably, Lewis also serves as the Executive Director of The Jar of Sunshine Inc. a California 501(c)(3) Non-Profit dedicated to women and children.
When asked about the key to her success, she states,
"Approach the things you’d like to achieve with care and
earnest effort, always.”
When it comes to creativity, the performing arts, and literature - she is your girl! A soulful performer who loves amplifying the world through creativity. Lewis began her performing arts career training at eight years old at the Fine Arts Association in Willoughby, Ohio. Since then her talent has been sought out from New York to Chicago to Los Angeles.
"When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. "
- Maya Angelou
Chantrell M. Lewis is a writer whose work has been shared and admired nationally. Whether it be in performance or pen to page, her lyrical style transcends societal boundaries. Lewis is a poet, children's author and young reader's author. She has a strong focus on educational literature, in the pursuit of enhancing the social - emotional development of youth who read her books. Her work has been sought after by school districts in Ohio, California and Maryland. Lewis has traveled to Chicago as a performance poet in the renowned College Union Poetry Slam Invitational where she and her team placed 8th in the nation.
Her writing has been featured in "The Jubilee and Me" (An original musical revue at The University of California, Irvine) "Wading" (Documentary)