Fuse Theatre of CT is a woman-owned business based in the greater New Haven area. Our company is currently in the application process for non-profit status.
Co-Founded in 2019 by Lara Morton of Handful Productions and Susan Larkin of Performance Plus/RVP Studios, FUSE is going to be lit!
We have an interest in promoting theatre as a necessary element of a healthy community, and we intend to offer a diverse array of projects befitting the passion and commitment we share to our art.
Lara Morton has been working professionally in Applied and Educational Theatre for over twenty years. 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 FOCUS Teen Improv of Madison, The Awkward Stage Players (adult improv) at Performance Plus/RVP Studios in Orange/West Haven, and teaches in a freelance capacity through her company Handful Productions.
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 lifelong 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.
Susan Larkin, Managing Director
Susan Larkin 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.