New ACG member, Lara Pilcher, is a professional performing artist and a trained ’triple threat’ Singer, Dancer and Actress. Lara is dedicated to her faith as well as the arts industry. She recently completed performing in the cast of Aladin on tour and works as a performer in London. Lara is also completing her Masters in Musical Theatre with a major in Choreography at Arts Ed, London under the presidency of Andrew Lloyd Webber and mentorship of top West End choreographer, Andrew Wright.
Lara holds a Bachelor in Creative Arts (BCA Dance), a Graduate Diploma in Education (Dance and Drama) a Certificate II in Musical Theatre, all gained from studies in Australia. Her studies also include film and television and intensive singing training. In the year 2000, Lara founded Southern Cross Dance (www.southerncrossdance.com.au ), a Christian based dance studio in Perth, and has been the Sydney event coordinator for Project Dance ( www.projectdance.com ) since 2003. In 2011, Lara will found London’s first Project Dance event working with a broad spectrum of professional artists across the UK.
Her performance work and ministry has taken her on intensive travels throughout Australia performing in Man of La Mancha, Oliver and Utopia Limited and also to Beijing and Hong Kong as a part of the arts exchange Olympic programme tour, San Francisco as a part of New Trails Dance Theatre, Dallas, Texas and New York teaching masterclasses and performing for Project Dance, South Africa and Israel as a dancer in the dance company for the Feast celebrations and also for Integrity Music. She has also worked in a wide spectrum of arts arenas from performance in dance/theatre companies to teaching classes, speaking, presenting, choreographing, television/radio appearances and performing at events.
I came along to ACG as they met in a café in Covent Garden. I heard about them through a friend in the industry who was with me as we walked by the café. I thought how great it is that a group of professional believer artists can meet together and encourage one another in friendship. I googled them and came along. I then joined. As a person who has devoted their life to the arts and has been an arts leader for many years in another part of the world, I desired to meet with others ’like me’ when I moved into London as a newcomer. Artists desire to connect and network and need encouragement and support to keep on running the race in what can be a lonely city for many who have got no family or many close friends in the country.