Arts Education Resume

Lara Morton, Founder & Director of Handful Productions, has been a theater teacher, director of educational theater and playwright for young audiences since 1994.  She has extensive experience teaching and directing theater arts to all ages, and is excited to expand her reach in this critical field of work through Handful Productions.  


The Comedy of Errors, Lyme-Old Lyme High School (2011)

Directorial Work (Full-scale productions)

Disney's 'The Lion King Jr.' 2020

Handful Productions 

FUSE Theatre of CT, West Haven, CT


'Grease: School Edition' 2018

WiSP, East Haven, CT

'Beauty and the Beast Jr.' 2018

Madbarn Productions, Madison, CT

'Elf Jr.' 2017

Madbarn Productions, Madison, CT

'The Hundred Dresses' 2012 & 2013

West Haven Child Development Center

'The Mystery of Edwin Drood' 2011

Lyme-Old Lyme H.S.

'The Comedy of Errors' 2010

Lyme-Old Lyme H.S.

'Tony's Turn' 2000-2001 (touring)

Open End Theatre Company/Yale

'Devonya's Decision' 1999-2001 (touring)

Open End Theatre Company/Yale

'The Prudence Crandall Story'

Young Audiences of CT

Anti-Defamation League of CT

'Cinderella' 1998

Alliance Children's Theatre/UNH

'My Name is Job'

Mt. Sinai COGIC/Binghamton, NY

'The Awakening'

SUNY @ Oneonta, Oneonta, NY


Current Positions:

FUSE Theatre of CT, West Haven, CT (2019- )

Co-Founder/Vice-President/Artistic Director

Performance Plus Teen Improv, West Haven, CT (2019--)


The Awkward Stage Players, West Haven, CT (2019-)



FOCUS Teen Improv,  Madison, CT (2018-)


Past Postions:

Mathewson Elementary School, Milford, CT (2017-)

After-school Drama Teacher

West Haven Council on the Arts, West Haven, CT (2018)

Director of 'Theatre Safari Camp'

New Haven Public Schools, New Haven, CT (2014-2016)

Part-Time Theatre Instructor

Speranza Educational Theatre @ Sephardic Academy of Manhattan, NYC, NY (2013)

Creative Dramatics Instructor

Prendergast School, Ansonia, CT (2013)

Page to Stage Teaching Artist / Consultant / Roald Dahl ‘Perseverance’ Project 

J.C.C Performing Arts Camp, Woodbridge, CT (2011)

Director / Instructor 

Blend, Branford, CT (2009-2011)

Drama Teacher / Coordinator

Amistad Academy/Achievement First, New Haven, CT (02/08-06/09)

After-school Drama Teacher

Amistad America, New Haven, CT (2001-2002

Diversity Workshop Director/Facilitator

Open End Theatre Company, Yale College, New Haven, CT (1999-2002)

Artistic Director (1999-2002)

Young Audiences of Connecticut, Hamden, CT (1998-2000)

Program/Education Director 

Tabor Arts Center, Branford, CT (2000)

Creative Dramatics Instructor​

Turkey Hill School, Orange, CT (1999)

​After-school Drama Teacher

Neighborhood Place Summer Arts Camp New Haven, CT (1999)​

Drama Teacher 

City of New Haven Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (1999)

After-school Drama Teacher​

B.O.C.E.S & Evergreen Alternative School, Binghamton, NY. (1995-1997)

Theatre Teacher 



YALE Medical School, New Haven, CT

Standardized Patient (2019-)


S.A.T.B. Cabaret, CT

Founder/Director (2012-2017) 

Shoreline Pyschodrama, Branford, CT

Founder/Director (2008-2009)

Lowdown Productions, New Haven, CT

Founder/Director (1998-2005)

Mental Health Association Players, Binghamton, NY; (1994-1997)

Assistant Director

Cast of Tony's Turn, Open End Theater 2001

Beauty and the Beast Jr. 2018

The Hundred Dresses (2012)

Beauty and the Beast Jr. 2018

Grease: School Edition (2018)

Elf Jr. (2017)

The Mystery of Edwin Drood , Lyme-Old Lyme High School (2012)

SATB Cabaret 2012-2016

© 2019 by Handful Productions All Rights Reserved


We have been working extremely hard, together with our friends at FUSE Theatre of CT, to bring 'The Lion King Jr.' to life despite COVID-19 related setbacks.  Our cast deserves closure, and they will soon receive it with our family dvd recording!  Make a donation here to support our efforts, see the show, and help us #finishwhatwestarted!

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Thank you for supporting excellence in youth theatre!  

Check out our virtual show program here.

Subscribe to the  FOCUS Teen Improv  YouTube channel for hilarious new weekly content and cast close-ups such as these:

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Why should the kids have all the quarantine fun?

Join Adult Zoomprov!  Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.


This weekly class is Free (yes, really) with voluntary donation to Venmo: @lara-morton 


Email for more info!

You're already good.  Let's make you great.

Private acting coaching online from anywhere in the world is available now for the very low rate of $35/hr ($25 for current students).  Payment is super-easy with Venmo or PayPal.
Acting instructor Lara Morton has had an extremely strong success rate helping her students achieve their acting goals in the past few months.  Out of two students who pursued her help for admission auditions, one was accepted to their top college choice, and the other secured the single available spot at an arts conservatory high school. That's a 100% success rate!  
Students with professional representation are regularly getting callbacks and additional auditions after just an hour or two of coaching with Ms. Morton. Zoom is proving very effective for audition prep (including television/film self-tapes and voiceover work), and we can also help you strengthen general or specific acting skills this way.  Contact us today to discuss your goals and we will forge a plan together to help you achieve your greatest dreams.
Please contact Lara Morton at to schedule a session today!

Production postponed 

Dates TBA