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Lara works primarily as an actor, director, dramaturg and performance coach in New Zealand. 

She studied acting in New York City with Uta Hagen, Anthony Abeson and Tony Greco and subsequently worked for ten years as an actor in the U.S. 

She holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Directing from The National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney and has directed over 40 productions throughout America, Australia and New Zealand.

In 2009, Lara was appointed Associate Artistic Director at The Court Theatre in Christchurch, and, in 2010 went on to become Artistic Director in 2010 at Fortune Theatre in Dunedin. Her directing highlights include Red; In the Next Room (or the vibrator play); Play; Tribes; Souvenir; The Caretaker; Punk Rock; Time Stands Still and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. 

Since 2015 she has freelanced with multiple companies including Auckland Theatre Company, Circa Theatre, Centrepoint Theatre, South Pacific Pictures, The Actors’ Program and University of Otago Theatre Studies. 

Lara's most recent acting role at The Court was as Annie Wilkes in Stephen King's Misery. Her 2020 performance credits include playing Sgt Gillian Carmichael in the Netlfix series Clickbait, Judy in the New Zealand feature film This Town, the Headmaster in Amazon series The Wilds, and performing in the 2020 Circa Season in Wellington as Fran in Things I Know To Be True and Di in Di and Viv and Rose

Court Shows

  • 2019 - Elling - Director
  • 2018 - Stephen King's Misery - Annie Wilkes
  • 2017 - Venus in Fur - Director
  • 2017 - Steel Magnolias - M'Lynn
  • 2017 - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Director
  • 2017 - Ropable - Aunty Prudence
  • 2016 - Macbeth - Lady Macbeth
  • 2016 - Winston's Birthday - Director
  • 2014 - White Rabbit, Red Rabbit - Actor
  • 2014 - When the Rain Stops Falling - Elizabeth Law (younger)
  • 2012 - Heroes - Assistant Director
  • 2011 - Five Women Wearing the Same Dress - Director
  • 2010 - Saving Grace - Director
  • 2010 - On the Rocks - Director
  • 2010 - The Perfumed Garden - Director
  • 2010 - Don't Mention Casablanca - Thilde Foerster
  • 2010 - God of Carnage - Véronique Vallon
  • 2009 - The Tutor - Director
  • 2009 - My Name is Rachel Corrie - Director
  • 2009 - Four Flat Whites in Italy - Italian Woman
  • 2009 - Poe - Director
  • 2008 - The Birthday Boy - AV Co-ordinator