Michael Shawn Lewis has worked extensively in the arts around the globe as a theatrical producer, performer, and activist. A Tenessee native, he received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Stetson University School of Music; his Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory; and studied with the Commercial Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. He is the co-founder of Gables Grove Productions, through which he has several projects in production and development. He currently resides in New York City.
Michael’s Gables Grove Productions, Inc -- a multimedia family entertainment company, he co-founded with John Tartaglia - - creates and produces international family entertainment for a variety of theatrical and televised venues. Gables Grove is working with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Carnival Cruise Lines, Walt Disney Creative Entertainment, and Dramatic Forces on productions including Towel Animal Theater; Bumpcrumpet and the Great Cookie Quest; Little Minute; Disney’s Muppet Variety Hour; and Disney’s Muppet Whatnot Game Show. Learn more about Gables Grove Productions by clicking here.
Michael also serves as a consultant to other prominent players in children’s entertainment including Walt Disney Imagineering.
Among Michael’s other credits as a producer is the Off-Broadway sensation John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean which went on from New York City to tour nationally and internationally including in over 40 U.S. cities, Guatemala, and Singapore. He received a Drama Desk Award nomination for the show and is currently working as Executive Producer to adapt the magical world of ImaginOcean into a television series with the Jim Henson Company, utilizing their revolutionary Digital Puppetry Studios system.
In addition, Michael was executive producer for the pilot of The New Fangled Variety Show (2008).
Michael’s extensive performing credits include Broadway productions of The Phantom of the Opera and The Woman in White. In Europe he starred in Elisabeth - the Musical, Les Miserables, and many productions of The Phantom of the Opera. His starring Off-Broadway credits include This Side of Paradise.
Musical recordings include Bernstein's Peter Pan; two albums of Elisabeth, the Musical; and Frank Wildhorn's Tears of Heaven.
In 2005 Michael had the honor of being a soloist in the London Symphony Orchestra’s tribute to Bernstein on Broadway.
Michael is also a voiceover performer and has been featured in national commercials including for Huggies; as several character voices in ImaginOcean; and on the big screen in The Good Shepherd with Matt Damon and Robert De Niro.
Michael is the Co-Founder of New York Children's Theater Festival, a non-profit (501c3) which serves to connect artists and industry professionals who are passionate about creating theatrical experiences and productions for children. The goal of his festival is to foster critical awareness for the art form, in addition to providing professional development and enrichment opportunities for those dedicated to the craft of creating new works for young audiences. In addition to presenting new works, The Festival also provides resources and services that will support artists in their work to develop and inspire the next generation of theatergoers.
Michael worked in India in 2007 and 2010 in association with Artists Striving To End Poverty (ASTEP) and The George Foundation as an educator with the extremely empoverished, and plans to return in 2013. He has also worked in the Caribbean (most recently in 2012) to teach arts and theater to children in low income neighborhoods.
Michael also serves as advisory board member to the Stetson University School of Music.