T.J. Lewis (T.J.L. for shorthand/Teeej if yah want)(he/him/his) is a queer, Southern, Blck, playwright, actor, producer, and administrator originally from the Carolinas based in NYC. He received his BA in performance theatre from ASU. Since graduating he has completed training programs with In/Visible Theatre in NC, Trinity Repertory Company in RI, Florida Studio Theatre in FL, and Ars Nova in NYC. He was selected as a 2018 ASTEP fellow for the Artist As Citizens Conference at Juilliard in NYC. T.J. recently was selected as a finalist for the 2022 BLCKSPACE residency at SPACE on Rydar's Farm and was a semifinalist for the 20/21 RADIANCE Residency at Bucharest Inside the Beltway along with the 21/22 PlayLab program at the Pipeline Theatre company. He was selected as a playwriting fellow for the inaugural 2021 Gatekeepers Collective Learning To Love Playwriting Fellowship, curated by Donja R. Love. So far T.J. has had his work developed and performed in the UK, New York, Los Angeles, and Massachusetts.
When he's not hunched over a laptop keyboard he's probably watching anime, playing video games, reading a book, taking long walks around the city, or drinking too much hot chocolate - no matter the season. Or honestly he's probably watching "HEARTSTOPPER," "Cobalt Blue," "BRIDGERTON," or "SPENCER" for the umpteenth time.
T.J. is honored to be able to help serve Exiled Tongue's growing artistic community, with the hopes of amplifying the voices of underrepresented artists and their stories in our constantly changing new world.