LARA KERESTES

Director

Creative Director of Squeaky Floor Productions, Lara is a graduate of the Postgraduate Directing program at the Victorian College of the Arts, and a UNSW graduate majoring in Theatre & Performance Studies and French. With over fifteen years experience in the Arts, Lara founded Squeaky Floor Productions in 2008 in order to promote fresh, contemporary and new Australian works while providing an artistic space for artists to create and collaborate work without limitation.

 

Directing credits include The Echo in our Walls (Outback Theatre for Young People), Fewer Emergencies, Spout: A Radio Play, Tiger Country, Still, Pigeon by Jessica Bellamy and Sugar by Emily Steel (Tamarama Rock Surfers’ Bondi Feast Festival), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Importance of Being Ernest, The Gipsy Dancer, A Squeaky Cabaret, Wolf Lullaby, SLAM, Cabaret, Bombshells. 

 

Lara has assistant directed on various productions such as; Cloudstreet, Women of Troy, The Seagull, Roadkill, and Richard III (Siren Theatre Co.). As a dramaturg, Lara has worked on such productions as Salt (She Said Theatre), Pigeon, Sprout , Freddie & Eden - a new Australian musical (Harvey House Productions). In 2012, Playwriting Australia invited Lara to join the Dramaturgy Internship Program, and in 2013, Lara worked alongside Tamarama Rock Surfer Company as Co Curator for their Play Reading season. In 2015, Lara was selected to work alongside director Ian Sinclair on Dan Lee’s Frogs Cry Wolf, as part of MTC’S Cybec Electric program.

 

Lara will be working alongside Matt Lutton on Edward II this year as the recipient of the 2016 Besen Family Artist Program at the Coopers' Malthouse.

 

Lara made her Lyric, and opera debut with Il Signor Bruschino, as part of Lyric's Opera Director's Workshop for which she received a Green Room Award nomination. She returns to Lyric in 2019 for the revival of Barry Conyngham's FLY at 45 Downstairs. 

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