Liam Burke

Liam Burke

Screenwriter, Playwright, Researcher, Theatrical Producer, Director, Actor, Choreographer and Producer

Los Angeles, California

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About Liam

Liam was Assistant Producer at Timeline Films in Los Angeles and is credited for research and assistant editor on the documentary “The Woman With The Hungry Eyes” (The life of the original “vamp” - Theda Bara). He wrote “The History of Los Angeles” pilot, a film adaptation of “Little Me” by Patrick Dennis, and was on the Hollywood Mobile Film Unit team that served L.A. Public Schools (Mary Pickford Institute for Film Education).

Liam most recently produced, wrote and directed “Good-bye Miss Monroe” a dance play about Jack Cole and the Golden Age of Hollywood. It was nominated for Best Musical (Matilda Awards 2014) and was followed by a sold-out season in Melbourne, Australia. His first play “The Tall Poppies” received a reading at The Old Vic, London, in 2010.

As a journalist he has covered Arts and Entertainment in a variety of positions: film critic, dance critic, feature writer, and news reporter, for publications such as the Santa Barbara News Press, The Standard-Examiner, LGNY, Noozhawk, Dance Magazine (USA), and Dance Australia. His poetry and short stories have been published in the James White Review and he won a first prize at the Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe for Spoken Word in 2003.

Liam studied Creative Writing at Empire State College (SUNY) in New York City for which he received the Richard Porter Leach Fellowship. A former performer he made his professional debut at the age of 10 and enjoyed a career in dance companies and musical theatre than spanned Australia, the UK, Europe and the USA. Liam spent several years as Creative Assistant to Susan Stroman on Broadway and can be seen in the dance films SWING KIDS, CENTER STAGE and THE PRODUCERS.

A descendent of the 18th Century Irish poet, Maura “Bwee” O’Leary, Liam often writes under his Gaelic name, Liam de Burca.

Unique traits: I have been lucky enough to work in professional theatre, television, and film since the age of 10 and on five continents. I am a produced playwright, longtime freelance journalist and have film and television experience. I have a unique expertise in drama and dance and I frequently lecture, supervise and advise in many facets of theatre and dance.

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  • Tales of the Valley of the Wind

    Tales of the Valley of the Wind (2009)
    Film (Fantasy) Actor Follows the exploits of six heroes on a journey through the valley of the wind.

  • The Woman with the Hungry Eyes

    The Woman with the Hungry Eyes (2006)
    Film (Documentary and Biography) Editorial department The true story of the life of the movies first femme-fatale, Theda Bara, who made over 40 films, only a handful of which survive. Born in America, her film producers insisted she was an exotic foreigner, born in Egypt. Her most famous film was "Cleopatra" (Fox, 1917). Written by hughmn@aol.com

  • The Producers

    The Producers (2005)
    Film by Susan Stroman (Comedy and Musical) Actor New York, 1959. Max Bialystock was once the king of Broadway, but now all his shows close on opening night. Things turn around when he's visited by the neurotic accountant Leo Bloom, who proposes a scheme tailor-made for producers who can only make flops: raise far more money than you need, then make sure the show is despised. No one will be interested in it, so you can pocket the surplus. To this end, they produce a musical called Springtime for Hitler written by escaped Nazi Franz Liebken. Then they get the insanely flamboyant Roger De Bris to direct. Finally, they hire as a lead actress the loopy Swedish bombshell Ulla (whose last name has over 15 syllables). As opening night draws near, what can go wrong? Well, there's no accounting for taste... Written by rmlohner

  • Close

    Close (2003)
    (Short) Actor Add a Plot »

  • Grand Theft Auto 3

    Grand Theft Auto 3 (2001)
    Video Game (Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama and 1 More) Actor Liberty City, USA. The worst place in America. You've been betrayed and left for dead. Now you're taking revenge, unless the city gets you first. Mob bosses need a favor, crooked copes need help and street gangs want you dead. You'll have to rob, steal and kill just to stay out of serious trouble. Anything can happen out there. Written by Anonymous

  • Center Stage

    Center Stage (2000)
    Film (Drama, Music and Romance) Actor The education of three young students, Jodie, Eva and Maureen, as they study at the American Ballet Academy. Life isn't what they expected at the esteemed ABA, and all three face problems along the road. Jodie doesn't have the "ideal" body for dancing, Eva doesn't have the right attitude, and Maureen doesn't have the heart. Along the way, they learn that love can be found in unlikely places, and dancing should be a passion, not a duty. Written by the lexster

  • Out of the Box

    Out of the Box (1998)
    Television by Douglas Love (Family) Actor A group of kids and their two caregivers have built a cool clubhouse out of giant boxes. That's where they meet for music, play and special activities that kids can do at home.

  • Gulliver's Travels

    Gulliver's Travels (1996)
    Television (Adventure, Family and Fantasy) Actor All star adaptation of Jonathan Swift's satirical tale about a normal man who, after returning home following eight years of absence, relates fantastical tales about how he was thought to be giant in the Land of Lilliput, but was only six inches high in the Land of Brobdingnag. He also tells of his visit to the floating island of Laputa populated by scientists who are so obsessed with reason that they act with no common sense. Finally, he tells of his journey to the land where his disturbing likeness to the bestial Yahoos and his inferiority to the intelligent horses there makes him question the very worth of his humanity. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

  • Dido & Aeneas

    Dido & Aeneas (1995)
    Film by Barbara Willis Sweete Actor

  • Swing Kids

    Swing Kids (1993)
    Film (Drama and Music) Actor The story of a close-knit group of young kids in Nazi Germany who listen to banned swing music from the US. Soon dancing and fun leads to more difficult choices as the Nazis begin tightening the grip on Germany. Each member of the group is forced to face some tough choices about right, wrong, and survival. Written by Susan Southall <stobchatay@aol.com>

  • Lipstick on Your Collar

    Lipstick on Your Collar (1993)
    Television (Drama, Musical and War) Actor During the Suez Crisis of 1956, two young clerks at the stuffy Foreign Office in Whitehall display little interest in the decline of the British Empire. To their eyes, it can hardly compete with girls, rock music (including "Lay Down Your Arms"), and the intrigue of romantic entanglements. Written by Bhob Stewart <bhob@genie.com>

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