Teaching at Tisch brings Assistant Arts Professor Lewis Erskine, ACE back to school in The Village for the third time, having gone to grade school on Bank Street, high school in The Bronx, college in the California desert and then in the Village again. A born and bred New Yorker, he attended Pitzer College and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from New York University, College of Arts and Sciences.
Listening to music on 1970's Black radio stations and watching The Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre grow honed his ear and his eye. His first job was mixing sound for clubs, concerts and records (yes, vinyl records). Lewis began working in television on Evening Magazine at WJZ, then went on to Maryland Public Television PBS, NBC, The Disney Channel, Arts & Entertainment Television, and the BBC. For him, being paid to edit is like getting a ticket to editing camp. He has been a relatively happy camper full time since 1985. He is thankful to have been invited and welcomed into the world of long form documentary by St. Clair Bourne. He’s worked with Walter Cronkite, Michael Moore, Ken Burns, Shola Lynch, Bill Moyers, and Stanley Nelson. Favorite projects include The MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour, The Cronkite Report, TV Nation, Faith and Reason, Free Angela and All Political Prisoners, The Black Press: Soldiers without Swords and Freedom Riders. Lewis is happy and proud to have won an Emmy (2011) and an ACE Eddie (2012) for his work on Freedom Riders.
Lewis has a beautiful son, prefers poetry to prose, and no longer has a boat payment, but sails when time, weather, and the kindness of sailors permit.