Chantrell M. Lewis
Skilled in educational theatre programming, children's literature/media, teaching & classroom management.

Professional Experience in Education

Cleveland Public Theatre Education Brick City Theatre - Lead Teaching Artist

“Brick City Theatre engages youth ages 5-14 and family members who reside in public housing in a year-round afterschool and intensive summer arts program that improves academic skills, instills empathy and responsibility, builds character, and enhances creative thinking. Under the dedicated guidance of CPT Teaching Artists, children learn how to create and perform their own plays, choreography, poetry, music compositions, and visual art. These works are then crafted into original performances that are presented annually at CMHA community centers and arts festivals throughout Cleveland.” Cleveland Public Theatre Education- Cleveland Act Now Academy! - Lead Teaching Artist

Cleveland Public Theatre Education- Cleveland Act Now Academy! - Lead Teaching Artist

CAN Academy is a free performing arts program at Cleveland Public Theatre for young teens and youth from Cleveland and surrounding neighborhoods. Young artists engage in rigorous (and fun!) theatre training, learning acting fundamentals, script analysis, storytelling techniques, and play creation. CAN multidisciplinary performing arts activities improve academic skills, instill empathy and responsibility, build character, and enhance creative thinking.

University of California, Irvine - Instructor

As a UCI Instructor, Lewis is tasked with coaching and teaching undergraduate students in the University of California - Irvine's Drama department. Leading a classroom at the collegiate level requires patience, knowledge, and a great deal of research and planning. 

Instructors teach the 30 series; the introduction to acting courses. 

Courses taught: Intro to Acting, Intermediate Acting, Scenes, Monologue Workshop Course

Galileo Innovation - Lead Instructor

Galileo camps are educational innovator camps designed for youth with a passion for discovery. Camp instructors are seasoned educators with a love of leadership and encouraging growth in youth.

Dance Arts Academy - Executive Assistant

An executive assistant helps the executive for whom they work with tasks such as scheduling; reviewing, prioritizing and responding to emails; answering and returning phone calls; organizing documents; maintaining records; taking notes at meetings and any other administrative tasks that help the executive perform their job

Segerstrom Center for the Arts & Disney Musicals in Schools Residency  - Teaching Artist 

This position partners with a select public school in Orange County, CA to help establish and foster a musical theatre program, with the primary goal being inclusivity and sustainability. This position holds residency in this school for the entirety of the Program Year. The Teaching Artist role requires you and your TA partner to visit your assigned school once a week for 17 weeks, partnering with the school to develop the wide spectrum of skills needed when producing a piece of musical theater, including: critical thinking, problem solving, ensemble building, communication, self-confidence and interpersonal skills.

Volunteer Work

Dedication to community

DML/Euclid School of Music

Provide Summer camp opportunities for low income students within Cuyahoga county

● Watch over camp goers; assist in daily activities

● Organize programs that will utilize drama , music and dance as community outreach

291 E 222nd St, Euclid, OH 44123 216-406-1699 Duration: 2 years

St. Augustine Church and Hunger Center

● Meal delivery to homes in Cleveland, Ohio during Christmas and Thanksgiving
1400 Howard Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113 Duration: 2 years

King Kennedy Community Center

Provide opportunities for students to engage in self - expression , social change and self empowerment activities through theatre and dance. Students engage in programming which allows them to express themselves, attend local community and regional theatre performances.
6660 Garfield Rd, Ravenna, OH 44266 Phone : (330) 296-9957 Duration: 1 year

Youth Christian Outreach Program

Volunteer based organization that provided outreach to women offering etiquette classes , acting classes and fashion; this program emphasizes women empowerment within the African American community .


Statement on Social Emotional Learning ...
My philosophy of teaching is that the best curriculum is always fully supported by the competencies of Social and Emotional Learning. As an SEL certified educator I believe the essentials to well - rounded learning are centered by practices of self - regulation, social awareness, relationship skills, and good decision making. These align themselves with each and every discipline within the performing arts and so, I approach each of my classrooms with the intention of healthy student-teacher relationships and SEL based curriculum...I believe my job as an educator is to serve as a conduit for exploration and discovery with safety and boundless freedom.

Leadership - Accomplishments

Affiliations & Awards


Alpha Psi Omega - National Theatre Honor Society Service based theatre fraternity inducting students demonstrating a high standard of accomplishment in theatre and participation in a variety of production tasks and extensive community service .


2016-2019 Black Theatre Association President The Black Theatre Association (BTA) serves academic scholars committed to advancing the black theatre aesthetic. Our unified interest in the critical study of Black theatre from a global perspective informs our collective desire to inform and promote the experiences of Black people as expressed in various forms of drama and performance.



Equity Membership Candidate - Actor’s Equity Association The U.S. labor union that represents more than 50,000 Actors and Stage Managers.


2018- Golden Flash Award Recipient The Alumni Association's Alumni Awards are the university's most prestigious honors given to several alumni and one student each year. Alumni and one student will be honored for their exceptional contributions in their chosen field, in their communities and at Kent State University.



2019 - BroadwayWorld Award Recipient - Best Actress in a Comedy or Drama - Esther in Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage “ reminiscent of Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer in “The Help.” Lewis truly gives a performance with incredible nuance that actually moved many audience members to laughter, anger and tears, myself included” Ashlynn , The Burr Magazine


Kent State University’s Spoken Word Poetry team member; placed 8th in nation 2017 College Unions Poetry Slam

Chantrell Lewis is the founder of a California 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation: The Jar of Sunshine Inc. This corporation was created in an effort to bring awareness to issues directly affecting women and children of the African diaspora. In our corporation we work year round to raise money in order to offer donations of clothing, hygienic products, children’s books, literature, face coverings/masks and engage in enlightening panel discussions for women and youth in Northeast Ohio and areas of Southern California. Please visit:


Lewis enjoys creating art and has begun creating mini-documentaries. Her first six minute documentary shows portions of three generations before her. Grandmothers, Daisy Lewis - Simmons, Mary Reese and her mother Sheri Coleman.


“Addressing Bisexuality, Gender Non-Conformity and Performativity through The Color Purple by Alice Walker (adapted for stage by Marsha Norman)” Excellence in the Performing Arts Research Journal . (Published 2019)

“House of Sage and Sun: The Short Book of Short Poems” By Chantrell Lewis (Published 2020)

"There Was a Movement Yesterday" by Chantrell M. Lewis Illustrated by Tyron Hoisten (Published 2021) 

"Black Girl's Guide to Ladyhood" by Chantrell M. Lewis (Published 2021)

Courage driven leadership

Workshops, masterclasses, performing arts programming .

Coaching Drama at Santa Ana High School
Coaching Drama at Santa Ana High School

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Coaching at Santa Ana High School
Coaching at Santa Ana High School

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Guest Appearing at IXL Learning & Childcare Center
Guest Appearing at IXL Learning & Childcare Center

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Coaching Drama at Santa Ana High School
Coaching Drama at Santa Ana High School

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