LARA MORTON (She/Her) has been working in theatre for many years. She currently serves as Artistic Director and President of FUSE and freelance teaches through her company Handful Productions(@handfulproductions), home to Focus Teen Improv (@focusteenimprov). Previous roles include Artistic Director of the Yale-based Open End Theatre, Program/Education Director for Young Audiences of CT, and Assistant Director of the Mental Health Association Players (Binghamton, NY), where her lifelong relationship with improv began. As a playwright, she has been honored with professional staged readings in Manhattan (Epic Theatre Ensemble’s Sunshine Series of New Works, 2011) and New Jersey (Speranza Theatre’s Fall Festival, 2013). Lara holds a Bachelor of Science in Theatre from the State University of New York.
Elizabeth Dressler Santaus graduated from Wellesley College with a major in studio art and a minor in mathematics. Elizabeth has over thirty years of experience in the financial accounting software and bookkeeping industry. With previous experience consulting and as CFO for three sister companies in Branford, Elizabeth knows how to help businesses prosper and grow. She has consulted, trained, and provided bookkeeping services for more than 300 small businesses in Connecticut and New York since launching Dressler Santaus LLC in 2006. She has been a QuickBooks© trainer for the Community Economic Development Fund's Bridgeport location
and currently presents seminars in conjunction with SCORE. Elizabeth has been Treasurer of The Network of Executive Women of Milford, Inc. for seven years.
The arts, particularly fine art, musical theater, and dance, have been her unpaid passion, and she is thrilled to be able to combine this love with her financial management skills working with FUSE.
Debra MacDonald is a musical theater director and choreographer for productions in CT, MA and NY. Shows have included Annie, Oklahoma, Pippin, The Music Man, The Adam's Family, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Chess and 13. Debra is also a ballet and early childhood teacher holding two degrees in early childhood education. After training with the adaptive training program at Boston Ballet, Debra co-founded Dance 4 All Abilities, a program providing dance classes for students with autism spectrum disorder, downs syndrome, and physical disabilities. Break a leg to the cast and crew of All Together Now.
Lydia Arachne (Music Director) is a composer, producer, writer and multi-instrumentalist, a transplant to CT from frosty Buffalo, New York. Lydia is the creative force behind Semaphora (semaph.org), a folk-funk fusion project featuring songs that tell stories about the ways people navigate technology and the natural world. Semaphora's albums, 'Zoonotic' and 'Sister Administrator' are available wherever you might typically find music on the internet.
Lydias's previous Music Direction credits include 'Jesus Christ Superstar' with Madison Lyric Stage, 'Legends of the Forgotten Borough' with New Haven's Bregamos Community Theater, Handful Productions' S.A.T.B. Cabaret, and FUSE/Handful's 2020 production of Disney 'The Lion King Jr.' Most recently, Lydia composed original music to Shakespeare's verse and prose in FUSE's filmed Covid-safe production of Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.' Lydia would like to remind you to support local artists and love the earth.
Check out Lydia's original music HERE
Nightwing Whitehead (Costume Designer) was born in 1958. The Barbie was born in 1959...so for a year Nightwing had nothing to do. She has been trying to make up for lost time ever since. Nightwing has been around theatrical wardrobe departments all her life, her first paying job at an opera house in Colorado. After many years of self-training, Nightwing went back to school and earned a BS in Fashion Design at Philadelphia University.
Her creations have been seen in plays at every level from Community to Equity, as well as several independent films. Nightwing has also done work for world-class magicians, faire-workers, and many others in mysterious professions.
She is a professional full-time enigma who, in what spare time she has, enjoys reading and howling at the moon.