DeAara Lewis

DeAara Lewis

Producer, Director, Writer

DeAara Lewis has been acting and writing since the age of five. She became interested in filmmaking when she was sixteen to learn how to create the roles she wanted to portray. DeAara became a professional actress when she portrayed Beneatha in A Raisin in the Sun with the Blues City Cultural Center earning her rave reviews. Also, during this age, she began competing in Dramatic Competitions becoming a State-Champion in Dramatic Interpretation and Duet Acting three years in a row. Some of her other credits include Home, 24’7 Café, The Forgotten Ones, Cinderella, Fittin’ Inn, Ventilations and most recently Tricks.

DeAara earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications with a concentration in Film Production in 2001 at the University of Memphis. Her first independent short film, The Forgotten Ones, screen in many festivals around the country, including New York in the Women of Color Film Festival, where she earned an honorable mention. Due the film’s powerful and blunt message about psychological wounds, the University of Denver purchased it and now uses it in conjunction with their Psychology curriculum.

In addition to shooting independent films, she also worked at the CBS-Affiliate WREG-TV and at the City District’s Television station as an Editor and Videographer and is currently a Television Producer with Memphis City Schools’ Cable-19 TV.

When DeAara’s not working on a film or performing, she sings back up for her sister, Deneka Lashea, an up and coming R&B and Funk Singer and flips houses to supplement her income for her films.

Tricks played to a sold out audience, (two nights in a row) at the Indie Memphis Film Festival. It received warm reviews from the Memphis Flyer, Tri State Defender and Commercial Appeal. DeAara is currently working on her one-woman show, “The People Inside My Head” and her web series, “Confessions of a Witch Bitch.”