Cyd started her career in the 1980s at Don Buchwald & Associates and quickly made her mark on the industry. As both a talent and literary agent, she signed and worked with a who’s who of actors, writers and directors.
In 1990, she moved to Los Angeles to open CLA with a single client. Over the next 10 years, Cyd’s roster would grow to include more than 150 actors across Film, Television and Broadway. Cyd’s bonafides also extend to her work running CLA’s Literary division which included Rob Gallagher. The very first screenplay they sold went to Warners Bros for mid-six figures.
Cyd and CLA continued to rack up accolades as she made her debut as an Executive Producer and CLA was involved with nine of the 16 films in competition at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival.
1999 marked the beginning of a momentous change as Cyd adopted her son, Jacob. In 2000, the company and its employees—amongst them partner and dear friend Molly McCarthy—were acquired with Cyd’s blessing by another major management company while Cyd went home to raise her son.
In 2004, she made her return to the industry and worked with friend Jack Menashe at Independent Artists Agency. When the agency closed in 2010, Cyd decided it was time to re-open Cyd LeVin & Associates.
With Harold Lewter by her side, she set out to open a new kind of management company, one that would foster promising and diverse talent while utilizing its decades of management experience and industry contacts to secure them the very best roles and opportunities.
The new and relaunched CLA began with 12 Broadway actors on board and immediately reestablished itself as a premier talent agency by living up to its goal of redefining what a manager does. Today, CLA is once again strong on both coasts and has strengthened its legacy of success in Television, Film and Broadway. Our reputation goes beyond just having great actors and committed managers; CLA is where great actors go to be represented by managers who work tirelessly to make them the best actors they can be.
A native New Yorker from the Bronx, Harold studied Musical Theatre at Wagner College and then Acting at the University of Buffalo where he studied under the Tony-nominated actor Stephen McKinley Henderson and was mentored by Maria S. Horne.
In 2006, Harold was awarded the North American Cultural Promising Artist of the 21st Century award and traveled to Costa Rica to perform and teach classes at the National Theatre in San Jose. He would then go on to begin his managerial career as an assistant at Independent Artists Agency in 2010.
During his time there, Harold and Cyd first crossed paths and, in 2011, he joined CLA to help us in transitioning Broadway actors to Television and Film projects. His success in this role led to Harold becoming the point on all Theatre in 2013 and splitting Television and Film with Cyd in 2014. Through it all, Harold’s passion for developing actors has been his biggest motivator and can be seen in the personal care and attention that CLA prides itself on giving to all of our clients.
As a strong believer in arts education and artist development, Harold has been active in youth theatre as a frequent guest teaching artist. Harold has also served as the head of Music Theatre classes at the American Dance and Drama Studio in Fresh Meadows, NY and has also taught Musical Theatre workshops at Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School, Fordham Arts High School and P.S 6. As a teaching artist, he has worked for Vital Theatre Company and with Students Live on their International Broadway Worldwide Dream Camp, which brings students from all over the world to New York City to learn about musical theater and put on a show for members of the Broadway community. In 2016, Harold became a faculty member of the non-profit organization Broadway For All.
Harold’s students have been accepted into many of the top high schools and universities in the U.S. for Musical Theater and Acting including Marymount Manhattan College, Carnegie MelLon University, Wagner College, Brown University, LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts, Professional Performing Arts School, The Repertory High School and Frank Sinatra High School.
As a producer, Harold has been a part of several concerts for Broadway at venues such as 54 Below, The Cutting Room, 42 West and The Out Hotel. He is also an executive producer on the theatrical rock experience Rock N’ Roll Debauchery.
On the rare occasions when Harold isn’t developing the next generation of star actors or securing his clients prestigious roles, you can find him working on his tennis and golf game. As of this writing, he has yet to win Wimbledon or the Masters.