The Actor’s Lab was established in 1990 by actor / director, J.D. Lewis.  Since that time, some of television and film’s most recognizable names have worked with J.D. Lewis. In addition to being one of the most well respected acting schools in the country, it also boasts an internationally award winning theater company. 

Classes taught at The Actor’s Lab include Scene Study, Cold Reading, Improvisation, Teen Performance Classes, and Commercial study.

Each student invited into The Actor’s Lab program not only attends regular classes, but also is put on a business plan. This includes identifying castability, targeting agents, targeting casting directors, networking and creating original projects.

Since it’s inception, The Actor’s Lab has earned a reputation for developing working actors through its approach of incorporating the business of acting with the study of the craft. Over the last two decades, The Actor’s Lab has created many original projects … “Back in The Daze”, SEX, Infinity, The Director, Labapolooza, and AmerWrecka, all of which moved to larger venues and have had long running success.


About JD

J.D. Lewis is the artistic director and founder of The Actor’s Lab. He began his career in 1982 in the Wim Wender film, Hammett. After doing a number of films in Los Angeles, he moved to London, England where he spent three years in a repertory theatre company, touring England, Scotland and Wales. During his stay in the U.K., he starred in The Plaything, a Fringe First recipient at The International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. He has done guest starring roles on shows such as Friends, ER, Suddenly Susan... all the way back to L.A. Law.

In his film career, he has worked with great film directors such as Wim Wender, Mimi Leder, Robert Cook, Rob Bowman, and Paul Leder.

As an artistic director, J.D. lead the Digby Group, an award winning bi-coastal repertory theater company in producing shows on both the east and west coast. In addition to teaching, he is an actor, writer, director, philanthropist, and father of two boys.

His proudest accomplishment has been creating the foundation, "Twelve in Twelve". J.D. and his two sons have just returned from traveling around the world for a year, doing humanitarian work on all 7 continents. He has been named an "American Hero" by the Huffington Post, where he is now a full time blogger. Their travels have been documented by ABC News, CBS News, NBC News and Fox News. He has been featured in many magazine and print articles including a feature story in Parade Magazine.


Feel free to visit their website at: Twelve in Twelve

Read an article about him on Huffington Post: HERE