At age 3 Lily attended the United Nations Pre-school. Each day she came home singing the names of all the countries! At age 5 she studied tap dancing, singing, and personality. At age 7 she enrolled in the American School of Ballet. That year she was picked to be Clara, the princess in the Nutcracker. She was in 40 performances at New York's Lincoln Center over the next two years. If you do a Google search using her full name (enclosed in quotes), "Lily Nell Warren" you will see some of the reviews of her performances. She completed her BA and Master's Degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies and Creative Writing and spent some time in commercial work, including directing three off-Broadway plays.
Lily Warren grew up in the Murray Hill section of Manhattan, but her family has kept a summer home in the Woodstock area for over seventy years. She has an extensive background in the arts. As a child, she performed at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fischer Hall, Catskill and Florida resorts. She studied at NYC’s Turtle Bay music school, the Mannes School of Music and the School of American Ballet. Lily played “Clara” in the NewYork City Ballet’s “Nutcracker” for over 40 performances in 1982 and 1983. She performed with the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus and at Connecticut’s Goodspeed Opera House in A Broadway Baby. She stared in Jeeter Mason and the Magic Headset in 1985. Her favorite early credits would include her many appearances on Saturday Night Live.
As an adult, Lily had a re-occurring day role on As the World Turns as “Miranda”; she’s also appeared on Law and Order (#101, 2/8/95) as “Valerie”. Lily’s a member of Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. She holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies and an MA in Creative Writing. While studying for her Masters at the City University of New York, Queens College, she directed three off-Broadway plays. During this time, Lily began writing poetry and is currently compiling her work for her second book. Her first book will be available during the summer of 2008 through Shivastan Press. Other writing credits include Lily’s Leisure Line –her weekly column for the Ulster County Townsman.
Opening Woodstock’s Willow Art Gallery has been a dream come true for Lily. After graduating from high school, Professional Children’s School in 1992, Lily studied sculpture at the Arts Students League. She later studied at The New School for Social Research and the State University of New York at Oneonta. Willow Art Gallery has been not only a gallery for Lily’s friends and family to exhibit their work, but a haven for local Woodstock artists and musicians. She is a member of the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce, the Woodstock Artists Association and the Woodstock Guild. She’s been exhibited in various locations around The Hudson Valley, including the following:
" ... The New York City Ballet opened its monthlong run of ''The Nutcracker'' Thursday night in the New York State Theater ... Once again, the Stahlbaums held their Christmas Eve party, little Marie (Clara) received a magic nutcracker as a present, potbellied mice invaded the house, the Christmas tree just grew and grew, snowflakes turned into pretty dancers and, after many adventures, there was yet another party, this one with the Sugar Plum Fairy as the hostess ...
It was all so blessedly familiar. In fact, that very familiarity helps make ''Nutcracker'' endearing. The charm of George Balanchine's choreography and Tchaikovsky's music help a lot, too. It's comforting to live, if only for two hours or so in December, in a world of loving families and good friends in which magic lies everywhere and imagination can triumph. Thus the best that one can say about any revival of ''The Nutcracker'' is that it's just the same as it has always been.
Of course, in live theater no two performances are ever exactly the same. At this particular performance, Lily Nell Warren (Marie/Clara) gazed out upon the world with wonderment as Marie. Jonathan Pessolano, as her mischievous brother, looked like an angel and behaved like an imp. However, Max Blechman was gallantry itself as Drosselmeier's nephew, and he made his long mime scene in Act II exciting and touching ... " --- Jack Anderson
--- Copied from the New York Times Archival page from a byline by JACK ANDERSON, published December 3, 1983
"Visions of fairy-tale enchantment returned to the New York State Theater on Thursday night when the New York City Ballet presented what was this season's first performance of ''The Nutcracker'' and the company's 994th performance of the Tchaikovsky classic since 1954.
Conducted by Robert Irving, it was a nicely shaped and occasionally even eloquent performance in which the friendly warmth of holiday parties gave way to magic spells and George Balanchine's choreography demonstrated that beautiful dancing is one of the greatest of all forms of magic ...
As he has done for many a season in the role, Shaun O'Brien managed to be kindly, yet mysterious, as Drosselmeier, and in the process he demonstrated that he knows how to time every gesture for maximum effect. In children's roles, Max Blechman had perfect manners as Drosselmeier's Nephew, the tiny Anthony Pollner was a mischievous mite as Fritz and Lily Nell Warren was all wide-eyed wonderment as Marie (Clara). She also behaved like a seasoned trouper, for when the handkerchief placed as a bandage around the broken Nutcracker came loose, she unobtrusively tightened it without making a fuss and the show went on ... " --- Jack Anderson
Actually, Drosselmeier dropped the Nutcracker splitting it's head off! Lily Nell quickly
picked them both up and tied them together with a handkerchief!
Lily's aim was not so good when she took off her slipper and threw it at the mouse king - she missed and hit the conductor! --- Donald J. Warren
Lily and the Prince
Lily and the Prince
Jerome Robbins as Drosselmeier with the Prince and Princess
Lily at about age 8
Lily about age 6
Lily in her mid-teens with Adam - Ukrainian Dancing
Lily portrays Harper in Mask and Hammer
Lily in Graduate School
Lily, age 16, 12th Grade
Lily traveling in Europe - Age 18
Lily in Paris with Nina - Age 18
Lily's 31st Birthday with Tommy, Nina and Laura
Nina and Lily about age 28
Nina and Maya about age 18
Nina's Bachlorette Party
With Maya, Lily, Teresa, Amy and Nina
Lily Arrived Late At Night With A Full Head Of Hair
Mom & Lily (about age 6) interviewed by TV/Radio Host Joe Franklin
Dad & Mom at a Party
Wedding Night in Willow!
Happy Lily, Age 8
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