Lara has performed, directed, and choreographed for major regional theatre and opera houses nationwide. He is a Professor of Theatre and the Head of the Musical Theatre Program at The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. The Conservatory is proud to be an official partner of Variety. Lara has performed in six Broadway shows, including the revival of the Rodgers and Hart classic On Your Toes, for which he received a Tony nomination and Outer Critics Circle Award. Since 1990, Lara has appeared on The Muny stage in many shows: Singin’ In the Rain, The Wizard of Oz, Little Shop of Horrors, White Christmas, Hairspray, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Bye, Bye Birdie, and, most recently, The Muny’s 100th Celebration and Gypsy! For Variety Theatre, he has directed The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Oliver!, The Wizard of Oz, Annie, Peter Pan, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and he is thrilled to be involved with the remounting of this year’s unique production of Mary Poppins! Lara also teaches various tap and audition workshops throughout the country working with kids and teens ages 10 to 18. Here in St. Louis, he and his wife, Kristen, teach the “Beyond the Performance” workshops throughout the year, bringing together a wide variety of guest artists from the St. Louis community and beyond. They are the proud parents of Charlie, Elizabeth, Katherine and Maggie.
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