Peter Lewis

Associate Teacher of Meisner Technique

An original company member of the renowned Hubbard Street Dance Company, he is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, the William Esper Studio.

"For what Peter taught me and how much I have grown through his feedback and guidance in such a short period of time, I am truly grateful." - Summer Intensive Student

Peter Lewis has appeared in numerous feature films, including Motherless Brooklyn with Alec Baldwin, Stone with Robert De Niro, Untraceable with Diane Lane and Down in the Valley with Bruce Dern. Other films include Forgetting Sarah MarshallPineapple ExpressThe Bourne LegacyGreater and Chronic (Best Screenplay, Cannes).  On television he has guest starred on Interrogation, Dirty John, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Law & Order: SVU, Person of Interest, Unforgettable, Boston Legal, Dark Blue (recurring guest star), 666 Park Avenue (recurring) and several episodes of the original Law & Order.  He has appeared in numerous Off and Off-Off New York stage productions, has toured nationally with The Acting Company as Joe in Tennessee Williams’ The Long Goodbye and was nominated for Best Actor by the 29th Annual LA Weekly Theatre Awards for his performance as Andrew in the West Coast Premiere of Chuck Mee’s Limonade Tous Les Jour

An original company member of the renowned Hubbard Street Dance Company, he is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, the William Esper Studio and has studied extensively with Earle Gister, William Esper, Seth Barrish, Michael Howard, Deb Aquila, Penny Allen, Charlie Laughton, Tim Phillips and many others.  As a Meisner Instructor he has trained with Terry Knickerbocker and William Esper, and has taught at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts NY, the New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts,  the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and Nassau Community College.  He is delighted and proud to be a part of the TK Tribe.

Hear From Our Students

“I have loads of respect and appreciation for Peter’s passion for perfecting this craft….”

 

Throughout the 6-week Summer Intensive, Peter really pushed me to allow my emotions in completely. His feedback and guidance helped me grow as an actor in this short period of time. I have loads of respect and appreciation for Peter’s passion for perfecting this craft, and am grateful for the opportunity to have studied with him. He encouraged me, challenged me, and helped me discover what it means to live truthfully, not only as an actor but also as a human being.

– Kaitlin H.

Summer Intensive Student

“Without him, I wouldn’t completely understand what it is to be emotionally naked in the moment….”

 

I had Peter for the 6-week summer intensive in 2020. Peter’s passion and persistence allowed me to focus on my work and seek improvement all while living and doing truthfully under imaginary circumstances. His honest advice and constructive criticism were given only to help us hone our craft. He pushed us to be as open and vulnerable as possible. Without him, I wouldn’t completely understand what it is to be emotionally naked in the moment. With him, I have so much love for the Meisner technique and the studio.

– Rohan M.

Summer Intensive Student

“He makes you want to come back and try again….”

Peter is a phenomenal teacher. He’s tough, relentless, and unsparing. But in art, that usually means a teacher is all-in and completely committed to his students.
From the start, Peter makes it clear he demands everyone follow process, try as hard as they can, and work with focus. When students succeed, he’s all over making it clear what that accomplishment means. When they fail, his criticism is specific and individual. He makes you want to come back and try again.
Learning a craft is like steering a boat in the fog. Peter’s a loud and insistent sonar, pinging to get you to the other side.
– Jim B.
Summer Intensive Student

I had Peter for the 6-week Summer Intensive. Peter challenged and pushed me to live truthfully as an actor throughout the entire session. I have tremendous appreciation and respect for him as a teacher of the Meisner technique. For what he taught me and how much I have grown through his feedback and guidance in such a short period of time, I am truly grateful.

– Shranna J.

Summer Intensive Student

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