DeAara L. Lewis is a professional actress, writer, singer, award-winning and independent filmmaker.
Lewis graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Art Degree in Communications with a concentration in film and went directly to work on her first film, the independent short, The Forgotten Ones. Due to her training in the process psychodrama and other psychological healing techniques, she weaved those themes into the film to deliver a frank message about sexual abuse. The Forgotten Ones played in numerous festivals and earned an honorable mention at the Women of Color Film Festival in New York City. Additionally, the University of Denver purchased and adapted the film to use in conjunction with the curriculum for their Psychology department.
In Tricks, her first independent feature film offering, Lewis wrote, produced, directed and co-starred. The film opened to favorable critical reviews and still routinely screens to mostly sold-out audiences for private showings and festivals including the Hattiloo Black Film Festival, the Hollywood Black Film Festival and the Indie Memphis Film Festival. It has sold out repeatedly in select stores, its website and has developed an underground following in her native home of Memphis, TN.
Lewis has lent both her serious and comical side of her personality to magazines and online editorials, having been quoted in Psychology Today, Glamour, Step-by-Step Marketing and AOL on a variety of topics.
Inspired by the one woman shows of Whoopi Goldberg and the one man shows of John Leguizamo, Lewis is set to premiere her first online one woman show, The People Inside My Head, a variety show with a twist that features an array of characters based on the variety of people DeAara has met in her life. Also in development is her third film entitled, Who the Hell is Nikki Love?, loosely inspired by her real life, Who the Hell is Nikki Love? tells of a quirky, ambitious but troubled woman, who after a devastating break up, turns to the help of an eccentric and off-beat therapist who helps her by taking her back into her painful but very wild and antic filled past.
To learn more about DeAara Lewis, her past and upcoming projects please visit her website at www.deaaralewis.com.