Larissa Crafford-Lazarus is a South African performer and creator. She first played Beethoven’s piano concerto in D with a full orchestra at the age of 8 and continued to appear as a piano soloist until the end of her high school years. At this time she was also seen dancing principal roles in ballets such as The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty with the Youth Dance Company of Tshwane in Pretoria.
She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she studied at Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, The Experimental Theatre Wing, Stonestreet Studios and the International Theatre Workshop in Amsterdam.
Larissa has been seen on stage in South Africa, Scotland, Belgium and the United States. Most recently, she played the ingenue in the 50th Anniversary performance of Jim Steinman’s The Dream Engine directed by Tony award nominated director Barry Keating in Amherst, Massachusetts and she was later seen as Wendla Bergman in Spring Awakening at the Robert Moss Theater in New York City.
Date of birth: 25 July 1996
Height: 1.56m Hair Colour: Dark Brown Eye Colour: Dark brown
Drivers License: Yes
Languages: English, Afrikaans
Skills: Dialects upon request, Fluent Afrikaans, IPA. Advanced Ballet (RAD Advanced 2), Contemporary, Jazz, Pointe Work, Partnering, Contact Improvisation. Advanced Piano (ABRSM Grade 8), Sight Reading, Music Theory (ABRSM Grade 6).Singing: Mezzo-Soprano. South African Passport & Driver’s License.