Lara Teeter has performed, directed and choreographed for major regional theatre and opera houses nation-wide and was nominated for a Tony Award and won the Outer Critics Circle Award for his performance in the 1982 Broadway revival of the Rodgers and Hart classic On Your Toes performing the role of Junior Dolan, originally portrayed by Ray Bolger in 1936. Other Broadway credits include The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, Pirates of Penzance, Happy New Year, and Seven Brides For Seven Brothers. Lara has performed at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts with the New York City Opera as Silas Slick in Naughty Marietta, and as Herman in The Most Happy Fella. In the summer of 2000, Lara made his Carnegie Hall debut performing the role of Henry Higgins in a tribute to the work of Lerner and Loewe, and in the fall of 2001, he made his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut performing the role of Steve Sankey in Street Scene and, most recently, made his Houston Grand Opera debut playing the role of Captain Andy in HGO’s production of Show Boat. Directing credits include My Fair Lady for Opera Pacific, The Pirates of Penzance for Michigan Opera Theatre, and Dayton Opera, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Living In Paris for the Hollywood Cinigrill, and The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas for the Fullerton Civic Light Opera. Most recently, Lara directed and choreographed the critically acclaimed Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for the MUNY Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri. He is currently an Associate Professor and Head of the Musical Theatre Program at the Webster Conservatory for Theatre Arts here in St. Louis. Other academic achievements include the Charles B. Levitin Chair in Music Theatre for the Shenandoah Conservatory at Shenandoah University; Assistant Professor for the Music Theatre Certificate program at Northwestern University; and Full Professor in the Theatre and Dance Department at California State University at Fullerton. Lara also served as the Artistic Director of Light Opera Works in Evanston, IL, from 1999 to 2004. Other roles performed in prominent theatres include Jamie Lockhart in The Robber Bridegroom, Steven Kodaly in She Loves Me, and Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady. National Tours include the role of Don Lockwood in Singin’ In The Rain, Will Parker in Oklahoma!, and the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz.
Recordings include the original Broadway cast recording of the 1982 revival of On Your Toes, the Gershwin Trust/Library of Congress first ever recording of Gershwin’s Lady Be Good, and the Grammy Award nominated recording of The Wizard of Oz.
The most rewarding adventure of all occurred these last few years as Lara began bringing it all full circle teaching private lessons to the very talented and inspiring youth of the greater St. Louis area, Additionally, Lara is directing the yearly musical for the Variety Children’s Theatre – an organization devoted to providing opportunities for children with disabilities. Lara and his wife, Kristen, are the proud parents of Charlie & Elizabeth (11), Katherine (7), and Maggie (3 1/2).