Kevin Lewis, a 1982 Oskaloosa High School graduate, recently earned an Emmy for outstanding art direction for a multi-camera series. Lewis received this award for his work on season three of “Master Chef.”
Randall Wright, who now serves as executive director for George Daily Community Auditorium, was a teacher at OHS when Lewis was a student. Wright said he taught all eight theater classes at OHS during that time period. He also taught speech and a few English courses.
“I was very impressed that he took the time to let me know about it,” said Wright of learning about Lewis’ Emmy win. “I had known that he was quite successful in his profession because he’s won a number of other awards.”
Wright said Lewis was “wonderful to work with” when he was a student at OHS, noting that Lewis was in numerous plays and musicals while in high school. While at OHS, Lewis led by example, added Wright.
“He was one of those people that you could build a program around,” said Wright, noting Lewis’ humility. “He really helped us establish the professionalism and the quality that was a model for the program and was fantastic with working with other students.”
There are many other OHS alumni that have made a career in the entertainment industry all over the U.S., said Wright. A great number of those involved with theater at OHS have also done well in other fields including education, government and law, according to Wright.
Wright noted that the skills young people learn in theater at OHS are ones that will aid them in whatever profession they choose.
The Oskaloosa community, along with the Friends of the Auditorium, create a positive environment for young people, Wright said.
“The community and those people are the ones that create the environment that allow our young people to achieve things like Kevin has achieved,” said Wright.