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Jonathan Guy Lewis

Jonathan Guy Lewis has worked extensively as an actor, writer, director teacher, mentor, and coach for over thirty years and has won a number of awards for his work. An ex-army scholar, he has a degree from Exeter University in Politics & Society and is a graduate from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. 


His first play as a writer was ‘Our Boys’. Based on his own experiences of being invalided out of the military, it won The Writers’ Guild Award for Best New Fringe Play, and he was named as the TAPS new Television Writer of The Year, as well as being nominated for The Lloyds Bank Playwright of The Year. His other work includes ‘A Comedy of Arias’ at The Pleasance, Edinburgh and as part of ‘A Pick Of The Fringe’ season at The New Ambassadors Theatre in London’s West End, as well as his own play ‘All Mouth’ at The Menier Chocolate Factory. He wrote and directed ‘Pitch Perfect’ at Soho Theatre, and again at Tristan Bates, and a further production at The Tabard, as well as writing and performing in ‘My First Trainers’, also at The Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden. He has also freely adapted a German play, ‘Rock and A Hard Place’, which he directed at The Tristan Bates Theatre and at the Brighton Fringe Festival. More recently he co-wrote ‘I Found My Horn’ which he has performed all over the world – from London’s Hampstead Theatre and The West End to theatres and festivals in Copenhagen, Lisbon, Abu Dhabi, Istanbul, New York, LA and The Laguna Beach Playhouse. He has also directed ‘The Club’ by David Williamson and Chris England’s hit, ‘Breakfast with Johnny Wilkinson’ also at The Menier Chocolate Factory and at the Edinburgh Fringe, as well as Chris England’s comedy ‘Twitstorm’ at The Park Theatre. He has also written for television, including primetime dramas for Granada, Carlton, LWT, Pearson and The BBC as well as writing and directing a number of short films.


Over the last few years, he has focused his creative attention on two different areas – education and military veterans. He has been teaching and directing at UK Drama Schools and written a trilogy for the theatre on education - the first part, ‘A Level Playing Field’ was premiered at The Jermyn Street Theatre in April 2015. The second part ‘The Be All & End All’ was produced by York Theatre Royal and Colchester Mercury Theatre in the summer of 2018. From 2018, Jonathan has been working with the Soldiers’ Arts Academy (SAA), becoming it’s Artistic Director at the end of 2019. He wrote and directed a play for military veterans called ‘Soldier On’. This premiered at the Northcott in Exeter and toured the UK, before coming to London, firstly at The Playground Theatre, and then The Other Palace. In 2019, The Roland Gossage Foundation brought the production to The Berkeley St Theatre in Toronto, and it is currently being developed as a film.

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