I'm Lizzie, an actor and a writer with British and American citizenship. I am an accomplished and experienced theatre, voice and screen actor, actively seeking involvement in more screen projects. My resume and other helpful information is below. Thanks and enjoy!
MY PROFESSIONAL LIFE
A passion for effective communication - with audiences and colleagues, of emotions, lifestyles and ideas - drives my work. Whether performing in radio drama or puppetry, writing to realise my vision or someone else's, or exploring new markets to expand my network, I actively seek opportunities. I approach each challenge with confidence, a desire to learn and a positive attitude. I care about building great relationships and championing great messages.
I am represented by Shirley Hamilton Talent.
My creative writing business In Your Own Words crafts words for weddings and other special occasions. I have clients in several countries and have written for dozens of weddings to date. See Instagram for in-the-moment-info and subscribe to the newsletter for a more in-depth briefing (especially if you have a wedding coming up!).
Up next: Pineapple at The Den Theater with the Irish Theatre of Chicago, playing Paula.
Then: The Tempest at Oak Park Festival Theatre, in which I will play Trinculo.
THE OXFORD SCHOOL OF DRAMA
My professional CDS accredited training was made up of voice work (including Linklater under Joanna Weir Ouston); physical work including contact improvisation, dance and stage combat; acting for stage, screen and radio; singing with Jon Laird. I achieved a post-graduate certificate in Acting.
MSC CREATIVE WRITING, UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
Through seminars and workshops on this Masters course, I developed skills in storytelling and prose writing. My dissertation was a 30,000 word novella entitled Joy. I now write playscripts, screenplays and poetry.
BA(HONS) ENGLISH, UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
The range of literary figures and works I studied includes Chaucer, Shakespeare, Austen, Miller and Wilde. I most enjoyed The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde and The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. Literary study has given me an appreciation of detail, an analytical and empathic temperament, and excellent communication skills.
RECENT BELOVED PROJECTS
BBC RADIO 4
Working with a team led by Jessica Dromgoole and including Toby Jones and Martine McCutcheon, I play series regular Juliet Cavendish on the acclaimed BBC Radio 4 show Home Front. 15 seasons later I've honed my voice acting skills and I'm on the lookout for more opportunities to use them. Listen to my voicereel:
"...fully capable of inducing shivers of recognition, but also avoids of all the cliches that present themselves in plays with characters reverting to primal behavior." Chicago Tribune
Maggie is a hopeless mother on paper - and in practice - but Raven Theatre's production of Yen gave Tiffany Bedwell and I (u/s) the opportunity to get inside her skin and find her humanity. Magic writer Anna Jordan sheds light on those members of society who are often forced to stay in the dark - Yen is no exception.
THE GLORIOUS DAMNATION OF EDDIE SMALL
"Lizzie Bourne, playing Eddie’s manager Jo, was the stand out performer of the evening. Bourne had a type of naturalism that would not be out of place on a West End stage and was completely convincing in her role as the ambitious, and somewhat obsessive, managerial role." EdFringe review.
The Glorious Damnation of Eddie Small was performed at the Union Theatre in London and Bedlam Theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.