Meet the Creative Team

Lara Morton, Director and C0-Producer
Susan Larkin, Executive Producer and Associate Music Director
Lydia Iarocci, Music Director 
Brianna Dawson, Choreographer
April Chateauneuf, Set Designer & Scenic Artist

Disney's 'The Lion King Jr.' Staff Bios

Lara Morton, Director/Co-Producer 

Lara Morton is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Fuse Theatre of Connecticut and the Founder/Director of her freelance theatre education company, Handful Productions. Passionate about the power of theatre to transform lives, she has a keen ability to identify and enhance students’ natural gifts while also strengthening their self-image, problem-solving abilities, communication skills, and relationship to the world around them. Lara currently directs and instructs four improvisational theatre groups, including FOCUS Teen Improv of Madison and The Awkward Stage Players (adult improv) at Performance Plus/RVP Studios in Orange/West Haven. Previous engagements include Artistic Director/Playwright-in-Residence for the Yale-based Open End Theatre, Program Director for Young Audiences of CT (Arts for Learning), and Assistant Director of the Mental Health Association Players (Binghamton, NY), where her life-long relationship with Improvisational Theatre began.  She has directed numerous educational theatre projects through Lyme-Old Lyme High School, Madison Arts Barn, WiSP, Alliance Children’s Theatre, Milford Public Schools, New Haven Public Schools, the West Haven Council on the Arts and the West Haven Child Development Center. As a playwright, she has been honored with several professional staged readings in Manhattan (Epic Theatre Ensemble’s Sunshine Series of New Works, 2011) and New Jersey (Speranza Theatre’s Fall Festival, 2013), and her one-woman touring educational piece about CT State Heroine Prudence Crandall, The Prudence Crandall Story, has been gracing Connecticut school stages since 1998.  Lara holds a Bachelor of Science in Theatre from the State University of New York at Oneonta. Disney's 'The Lion King Jr.' will be her first foray into producing theatre, and she is extremely grateful and excited for the opportunity.  

Susan Larkin, Executive Producer/Associate Music Director

Susan Larkin is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Fuse Theatre of Connecticut.  Susan attended UCLA and has a BA in Theater Arts. She pursued an acting career in L.A. for ten years before moving to CT with her husband. She studied voice with Grammy Award winning composer/conductor Lucas Richman, and locally with Paul Elkin. She is a SAG performer who has performed in television, commercials, and theater from Shakespeare to Gilbert and Sullivan. Most notable roles are Ophelia in “Hamlet”, Sandy in “Grease”, Connie in “1940’s Radio Hour”, Iolanthe, in “Iolanthe”, and Meg in “Crimes of the Heart”. In CT selected roles include April in “Company” and Prudence in “Beyond Therapy”. In CT Susan taught acting/auditioning classes at the Naugatuck Community College Kids on Campus Summer program and the Amity Teen Center. Susan also has an MBA from Albertus Magnus College graduating with Honors and is a co-owner of Performance Plus/RVP Studios.

Brianna Dawson, Choreographer

Brianna teaches and choreographs at Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School in New Haven.  Previous choreography credits include 'In The Heights'.

April Chateauneuf, Set Designer/Scenic Artist 

April attended Yale School of Drama for Scenic Art. She is a full-time Scenic Artist at The Goodspeed Opera House who has also worked freelance for past productions at Hartford Stage, Theatreworks Hartford, Barrington Stage Company and Yale Repertory Theater. April has designed/painted numerous educational and community theatre productions throughout Connecticut. She has worked on 150+ shows over the last 17 years. April's favorite project to date was The Nutcracker for The Boston Ballet.

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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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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.
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