Lily Narbonne is a second year MFA Candidate at the American Conservatory Theatre. She is currently playing Lady Shrivel, and Pindress, the bawdy lady-in-waiting in Love and A Bottle, directed by Nancy Benjamin, which will open at The Rueff at ACT’s The Strand Theatre on October 5th.
A singer, as well as an actor, her current work is divided between Shakespeare, plays with music, and site specific, experimental, interactive theatrical projects.
This summer she played the lead, Anne, in Persuasion, a stage adaptation of Jane Austen’s most autobiographical novel by Jennifer Le Blanc, at the Livermore Shakespeare Festival, directed by Mary Ann Rodgers. In May, she played Simonetta, the singing Italian maid in Chuck Mee’s Cardenio, directed by Delia MacDougal. Other work in her first year at ACT included The Merchant of Venice, Duncan Macmillan’s Lungs, Young Jean Lee’s Church, and a workshop of her musical about Joni Mitchell, using Joni Mitchell music in the Sky Festival, in playing and singing the title role.
Before coming to San Francisco for graduate school, Lily lived in NYC and appeared in many non-traditional theatre works in NYC: in Central Park with TeatroSOLO, a theatrical intervention developed in 5 specific places of a city, and built for an audience of one person at a time, and The Hotel Project, an intimate one-person-walk-thu site specific theatre experience, both directed by award-winning Matias Umpierrez, an Argentinian interdisciplinary director-actor-writer. With This Is Not A Theatre Company, Lily performed in the site-specific, immersive Pool Play– an actual play in a pool– in which she sang REM’s “Nightswimming” while swimming; Ferry Play, a site-specific audio play on the Staten Island Ferry; and A Serious Banquet, a devised theatre dinner party play exploring the world from a Cubist perspective, where Lily embodied Pablo Picasso’s famous painting Les Demoiselles D’Avignon, danced and came alive to interact with the audience, all directed by Erin Mee. Lily sang in TL;DR or Too Long; Didn’t Read an indie opera, by Mallery Avidon and Jeff Aaron Bryant in PreludeNYC2014 Festival at CUNY.
Lily also worked at The Lark Play Development Center, Bushwick Starr, interned at The Foundry Theatre, sang in three bands of different genres, and taught Shakespeare in the Tri State Area and to the West Point cadets.
Lily holds a BFA in Acting from Boston University, where she was awarded the Sir Rex Harrison Scholarship for “Emulation of Craftsmanship”, covering her entire senior year tuition.
For fun, she enjoys exploring the California coast, cooking, yoga, wine and curly-haired dogs. Find more info at lilynarbonne.com