I have been teaching, writing and directing theatre for 25 years, and I have always prided myself on my ability to bring out the inner professional in any performer I'm working with, regardless of age or level of experience. I have a strong creative intuition and a highly discerning eye, and am able to apply these qualities directly to my work with actors. I tailor every lesson/session/class/rehearsal to the needs of my students/cast in the moment, and approach our work together in a manner which balances process with product.
There is nothing in the world that I do or have ever done that I enjoy more about working with actors. It doesn't matter the age or experience level of the actor as long as they have passion and the willingness to dig in with me and uncover the magic that exists beneath the surface. I have an intense respect for actors and the process of acting, and feel privileged to be there for and with them as they discover their innate abilities through the work.
As PTA president, I recommended Lara to lead our after school enrichment program focused on educating and exposing kids from 7-10 years old with theatre and putting on a production. Lara transformed the program, focusing the kids on character development, projection, blocking and learning lines. And the kids loved it- and the program has continued to grow. These kids were learning at a young age that are critical not not only a career in theatre, but also in life. And most importantly, the kids she was teaching were confident, having fun and learning the important fundamentals of theatre. Lara is a great theatre teacher, director and knows how to bring out the best in the kids she works with.
Lara is a gifted and dedicated theatre professional. Every aspect of her work is meticulous because she puts her heart and soul into even the smallest of projects. I have been impressed with her work for years and appreciate everything she’s created. She is the hardest working artist I know always striving towards excellence. She absolutely adores sharing her passion for theatre with her students and they adore her in kind. They are lucky to have her and Handful Productions.
My daughter, age 12, has taken Lara's improv FOCUS class for teens for almost a year now. She can't wait to go to class! Lara really knows how to relate and work with the adolescent/teen age group. "Lara relates to the real world, but knows when to take a break from reality" -Isabelle Meachen
Lara is a great acting/improv instructor, she knows her stuff, and she puts her all into whatever she does. She is professional and organized. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with her.
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