ROBERT LEWIS
 LEGACYTHE YEAR OF BOBBY LEWIS 
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Robert "Bobby" Lewis (1909-1997) was as an actor, director, teacher and author. Although trained as a musician, as a young man in the 1920s Lewis decided to become an actor. Early in his career Lewis was invited to become one of the original members of the Group Theatre (1931-1941), an influential New York theater company. Throughout the 1930s, Lewis acted in many Group Theatre productions and also began directing and teaching. After spending the early 1940s in Hollywood acting in small movie roles, Lewis returned to New York and pursued a career as a Broadway director, achieving success with productions includingBrigadoon, Teahouse of the August Moon and JamaicaAt the same time, he became an increasingly well-known acting teacher, co-founding the Actors Studio (1947), teaching the Robert Lewis Theatre Workshop (1952-1997), overseeing the Lincoln Repertory Training Program (1961-1963) and serving as a professor and guest lecturer at a number of colleges and universities, most notably Yale University, where he served as the chair of the Acting and Directing departments (1974-1976). In 1957 Lewis presented a series of open lectures to the theater community on the controversial American school of "method acting." The lectures, titled "Method--or Madness?" were very successful and later published as a book under the same title. He later publish another book on acting, Advice to the Players and an autobiography, Slings and Arrows. Lewis became involved with Kent State University and donated his extensive collection of papers to the school in the early 1990s

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