Bio

VISION. COLLABORATION. DRIVE. DONE artfully

Roxanna Lewis is a celebrated and spirited international director-choreographer, producer, educator, performer and writer.  Roxanna intuitively crafts understanding of the human experience; expertly translating it to the page, stage & screen.  Roxanna believes unabashedly in artistic expression that creates dialogue, joins people together and helps audiences and broaden their everyday experience.  This core belief inspired her to create ROXXIEDANZ PRODUCTIONS INC.  

Roxanna’s work is archived in the prestigious Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts (NYC) and chronicled by the extraordinary Action Painter Terry Rosenberg. In the USA Roxanna's work has been produced by prestigious venues including The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, US Department of Agriculture, New Amsterdam Theater, Symphony Space, The Taipei Theater, P.S. 122, HERE Arts Center, Theatre for the New City, 92nd St Y, Broward Center for the Performing Arts (FL) and the VSA International Art & Soul Festival (LA). Internationally, Roxanna's work has toured France, Germany, Scotland, Guatemala, Italy, Japan, Thailand and Hong Kong with feature stories on BBC-TV, ABC-TV and Moscow Television.

Grants and awards include an Individual Artist Grant from The Community First Cares Foundation and Art Ventures/ The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida; Artist in Residency at Ponte Vedra Ballet & Company/ FUSION Performing Arts and Theatre Jacksonville; additional support from the Harkness Choreographers' Space Grant at Purchase College NY (6 consecutive years), and Judson Memorial Church Space Grant (NYC).

Roxanna’s ground breaking choreographic work, Dreambody, garnered international acclaim by expanding the boundaries of dance using dancers both with & without disabilities.  Dreambody toured the US and Italy extensively and has stood the test of time with an off-Broadway remount at the historic Judson Memorial Church (NYC). 

Catapulted by her success of Dreambody, Roxanna was a featured choreographer for The Gypsy of the Year Awards with the Broadway cast of Jekyll & Hyde, Christopher Reeve's First You Dream - A Tribute to Courage, Diva Diaries and assistant choreographer for the national tour and Kennedy Center Performance of The Cole Porter Songbook and numerous regional hit musicals. Roxanna has continued to enjoy success expanding her work into broader areas of the entertainment industry including music videos for SONY’s multi-platinum group Manic Street Preachers, Latin-pop artists VOZ on Rock Records as well as large-scale live commercial industrials for Dow Chemical, National Salute to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Meridian Development directly working with and coaching A-list celebrities for public appearances and performance.

Roxanna’s innate understanding of storytelling, composition and visceral elements of emotion & motion shine through as director for entertaining TV/Film & digital projects with ROXXIEDANZ PRODUCTIONS INC. Currently, her dramatic short film The Crossing, starring Cote de Pablo and Vivienne Leheny, is being screened nationally in film festivals. Theatre directorial credits include: String Theory  Edinburgh Fringe Festival/Scotland premiere, the spirited rock-opera La Caroline/ Florida premiere, France tour & selected by CAP 21 development workshop/ NYC, and the world premiere of Home for the Holidays I and Home for the Holidays II at Six Flags America. Other favorites include an award-winning production of Peter and the StarcatcherThe Whipping Man, The Triangle Fire Factory ProjectHandmaid, Ti-Jean Blues and Hello, Dolly! Roxanna’s directorial and choreographic vision extends beyond traditional genres and venues to include collaborations for site-specific work and art installations. Collaboration is currently underway with acclaimed artist Susan Abbott for El Camino: An Artist's Walk Through Time.

Roxanna has received the honor of being invited to contribute as a trusted creative and editor working closely with Emmy Award winning actor and director, Ben Gazzara on his autobiography, In the Moment: My Life as an Actor and currently with Dr. Marcia Greenleaf on a book about the healing forces of the mind-body connection.

Having earned her BFA in Dance at SUNY Purchase, Roxanna taught at the prestigious Steps on Broadway (NYC) and numerous NYC area studios. She's held positions as Adjunct Professor at Florida State College at Jacksonville (FL) and led master classes & workshops at Colleges, Universities and High Schools across the US. As Associate Director of the Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre, Roxanna helped establish the Summer & Winter Dance Intensives for the New York Dance Institute. In Maryland, Roxanna was hand-picked to initiate a Dance Program for St. Vincent Pallotti High School, as well as for the Montgomery County Council for the Arts as Teaching Artist for the esteemed ELO-SAIL program.  Her progressive curriculum emphasized Dance, Theater and Story-telling to teach principles of Math, Science and History to Title 1 elementary school children.