Roxanna Lewis grew up in the cauldron of the American melting pot, galvanized by experiences with real-life family: staunch civil rights activists, work-to-the-bone day laborers, cutthroat self-made multi-millionaires, black-listed artists, lawmakers, addicts, criminals, ivy league poets, failed genius mathematicians and sordid affairs of murdered family members. Her love of complex characters propelled her to explore life’s darkest corners and injustices as a storyteller through a myriad of conveyances.
Roxanna’s approach to filmmaking is a grand collision of her past nebulae of experiences as a theatrical director, choreographer and performer. She has made turkey soup while interviewing Dr. Maya Angelou and written with Emmy Nominated Actor/Director Ben Gazzara on his autobiography. Other short films include: The Crossing starring Cote de Pablo (NCIS), The Shift and I Didn’t Know. Her live work has been presented across the US and beyond, from Broadway to Lincoln Center Out-Of-Doors to the Presidential Task Force on Disabilities Showcase in Washington, DC, to performances for international dignitaries and audiences in France, Germany, Scotland, Guatemala, Italy, Japan, Thailand and Hong Kong. She has been featured on BBC-TV, ABC, NBC, Fox and Moscow Television and WJCT/NPR radio. Her career has fortuitously led her to elevate work of individuals who happen to be amputees, paraplegic, wheelchair users, d/Deaf, blind, neurodiverse and neurotypical. www.ROXANNALEWIS.com