Actor / Narrator (Lillian Yves) / Writer / Producer
Cultural Artists Spotlight: September 6 – September 17, 2019
Can you tell us a little bit about what you do?
Well, I have a few hats I wear. I am an audiobook narrator (I work with best selling authors and also a group of vision impaired or blind authors), I am an after school drama teacher for an arts program, an actor, a writer, and more recently I have become a producer of my own theatre group, “The Light Hearted Players.” We focus on Classic theatre and romantic comedies. We are looking to bring staged readings and plays as an immersive experience throughout Burbank.
How did you first become interested in art?
Goodness, I think I just came this way. I always adored musicals and theatre and sought out every way I could to become involved in them. I did go to school for musical theatre in NYC (The American Musical and Dramatic Academy) but I always knew this was my passion, still is my passion.
How can art enrich a community, and what are some ways people can become engaged with art in Burbank?
Art is such a beautifully broad word! There are so many areas and types. I see it with the children I teach; it is so much more than acting. I am seeing them gain confidence and an understanding of self. There is also a level of excitement as they learn and see something new. I am always blown away by what we can do and create. I actually took some art classes at the Betsy Lueke Creative Arts Center, and was so amazed by what I discovered there! You can always check out local theatre; I always say there is something so special about a live performance. Concerts–especially the Starlight Bowl–are such a lovely experience. I would say take a look around–you will be surprised by all that is happening in Burbank. It truly is a special place.
If you could share with our community one thing about art, what would it be?
It’s everywhere! I would sit in front of The Classic Arts Showcase for hours and hours. That is such a great tool and show to introduce you to so many forms of art, be it opera, dance, theatre, painting, etc. It runs at night on PBS and I can honestly say that program changed my life.
To find out more about LeeAnne’s work, visit https://www.lillianyves.com/