Michael Shawn Lewis is an American theatrical producer, performer, and activist with projects that are in production and in development around the world.
He was nominated in 2010 for a Drama Desk Award for his work on the Off-Broadway production of John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean. Michael is also producer on the US/international tour (60 U.S. cities, Singapore and Australia) of the show, which launches its third tour in the fall of 2014. The original short version of ImaginOcean which he produced is currently playing on select ships on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
Michael co-founded the Manhattan-based multimedia family entertainment company Gables Grove Productions, Inc. in 2009 with John Tartaglia to create and produce original imaginative entertainment. The company works with exceptional leaders in the industry including Jim Henson Productions; Jim Henson Creative Shop; Out of the Blue Productions; Barclay Square Media; Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines; Carnival Cruise Lines; Walt Disney Creative Entertainment; Walt Disney Imagineering; and Disney Cruise Lines.
Gables Grove is in development with the Jim Henson Company to adapt the magical world of ImaginOcean into a television series. In addition, Gables Grove is currently producing and/or developing several new projects, including live stage versions of the Hulu hit Doozers, a spin-off of Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock; The Sky; Little Minute; Little Gorilla; and several live Muppet stage shows for Disney Cruise Lines.
A sought-after actor, singer, and voiceover artist, Michael’s extensive performing credits include Broadway productions of The Phantom of the Opera and The Woman in White; Off-Broadway’s This Side of Paradise; and European productions of Elisabeth - the Musical, Les Miserables, and The Phantom of the Opera.
His musical recording credits include Bernstein's Peter Pan; two albums of Elisabeth, the Musical; and Frank Wildhorn's Tears of Heaven. He performed with Sting at the 2014 Tony Awards; sang back-up to James Taylor at Lincoln Center; and performed with the London Symphony Orchestra’s Tribute to Bernstein on Broadway as a soloist. In the fall of 2014, Michael will direct and sing with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra’s Pops Concert: Broadway’s Best of the Midwest.
Voiceover credits include: the feature films The Good Shepherd (with Matt Damon and Robert De Niro), The Fifth Estate (directed by Bill Condon), and Magic in the Moonlight (Woody Allen); and the cable series The Knick (Cinemax, starring Clive Owen), Nurse Jackie (Showtime), and Boardwalk Empire (HBO).
Michael is the co-founder of The New York Children's Theater Festival, a non-profit (501c3) established in 2011, which serves family audiences by supporting upcoming artists and industry professionals who are passionate about creating theatrical experiences and productions for children. The festival presents captivating new works each spring, entertaining thousands of families and inspiring the next generation of theatergoers.
His activism and volunteer work span the globe. Recent projects include his work in India (2007 and 2010) in association with Artists Striving To End Poverty (ASTEP) and The George Foundation; and in the Caribbean (2012-2014) to expose children in the islands to the magic of theater arts.
Michael 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. Michael serves as advisory board member to the Stetson University School of Music. He currently resides in Manhattan.