Fuse Theatre of CT is a new and exciting 501 (c)3 non-profit theatre company serving the greater New Haven area.
Co-Founded in 2019 by Lara Morton and Susan Larkin, FUSE proudly features a highly talented board of directors in Noah Golden, Chair, Elizabeth Santaus, Treasurer, Jake Egan O'Hara, Vice Chair, Lara Morton, Secretary and Barbara Hentschel Sonenstein, Director. The entire FUSE Team is committed to promoting the highest standards in the art of Theatre production and education.
FUSE Theatre of CT has 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.
What We Stand For
FUSE is committed to providing the best possible training and mentoring for youth through classes, workshops and productions.We believe that the skills learned in theatre serve young humans well in whatever personal and career path their future selves may embark upon. It also leads to great happiness, and our world needs more happy people. We take these responsibilities seriously.
FUSE is deeply interested in the development of new works and revitalization of existing works.
We aren't really into doing things the easy/safe/conventional/lazy way. We don't think you can really achieve something truly great if you don't stretch yourself, push your limits a bit, and do the things that scare you. Sure, sometimes a show is just a show, but you can bet we are going to do everything within our power to make it a SHOW.
RESPONSIVENESS TO THE MOMENT
The world is always changing, and therefore the stories we tell must be fluid enough to speak to the moment by asking and answering the essential question, "Why this play now?"
ACCESSIBILITY AND EQUITY
If our families can't afford to enroll their kids in our programs, we are not fulfilling the goal of accessibility and equity. We have and will continue to submit grants and seek donations so we never price our programs and tickets out of reach to struggling members of our community. If our performance and classroom spaces are not wheelchair friendly, we are not fulfilling the goal of accessibility and equity. We will be proactive and find spaces that can accommodate all physicalities. If our stories are all told through the lens of a privileged point of view, we are not fulfilling the goal of accessibility and equity. We will actively pursue diversity in our cast and creative teams. As our company grows, we will do our best to be what our community needs us to be. We may not always get it right, but we promise to course correct whenever necessary, and leave egos out of it.
REPRESENTATION, INCLUSION, ACCEPTANCE, FLEXIBILITY, TRANSPARENCY
We are committed to choosing our seasons with care, keeping foremost in our minds the performance outlet needs of people of all ages, abilities, experience levels, backgrounds, physicalities, orientations, ethnicities, ideologies, languages of origin and gender expressions. Theatre is for ALL and FUSE would ideally like to be the theatre home for those who have felt like they haven't fit in elsewhere. We have no problem being the "Island of Misfit Toys," because we think the misfits are the best. Don't worry about being new to us when you sign up for your audition. We want to meet you, and we want you to feel at home and show us your best. If you fall short of your best, ask us to see you again.We want you to be a part of us, and to that end we promise not to cast all of our friends in the best roles. Everyone has to audition. We want our shows to be truly great, which means we want to see every possible actor for every possible role. Of course, we cannot cast everyone, every time, but that does not mean we don't want to see you at the next audition, or welcome you onto the production team if that is your desire.
Note: If we ever do cast a role ahead of auditions, we promise to disclose that publicly.
Please be advised that we are absolutely going to follow the scientific and medical community's lead when it comes to best practices for our cast, crew and audience's health and safety. We know that some of you may have a different take on this, and that is your right, but when you are under our umbrella, we are going to do everything in our power to keep you and everyone around you out of the rain. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
There is room for you at FUSE.
Come as you are, with minds engaged, bodies ready, voice warmed, hearts forward and open.
See you at auditions!
-- Team FUSE