Lara Fischel-Chisholm

Movement Director

Lara works as an actor, dancer, teacher and choreographer. She formed the comedy dance troupe, Dynamotion, with Thomas Sainsbury and is the current choreographer for contemporary water ballet company the Wet Hot Beauties, making her one of only two water ballet choreographers in the country. she choreographed the sell-out Auckland Fringe Festival show, SWAN SONG, as well as the popular beach series, OH I DO LIKE TO BE BESIDE THE SEASIDE. She is a water ballet consultant on an up-coming film inspired by the Wet Hot Beauties. Her Dynamotion credits include TERROR ISLAND, TERROR PLANET, TERROR HIGHWAY and PURPLE RAINBOW.


Lara has performed extensively as Burlesque alter-ego, Holly Day, and was an original cast member of MaryJane O’reilly’s neo-burlesque show, IN FLAGRANTE. She danced with The Dust Palace in CIRQUE NON SEQUITUR and the SEXY RECESSION SHOW. Lara has recently worked with experimental theatre company, The Town Centre, devising her solo show this is MY REAL JOB with director, Nisha Madhan for the Dunedin Fringe Festival where she received nominations for Most Outstanding Performer and Most Original Concept. The Town Centre has recently performed seasons of LIES in Auckland and at the New Zealand Fringe Festival. Other theatrical highlights include THE MALL by Thomas Sainsbury, PROVIDENCE by Louise Tu’u, LOVE YOU APPROXIMATELY with the Clinic and the double billed COWBOY MOUTH / LOVE IT UP with the Town Centre. Film and television credits include award winning short film SHELVED, as well as guest roles on SHORTLAND ST and POWER RANGERS.


Lara trained in Classical Ballet and Modern Dance and is a graduate of UNITEC School of Performing and Screen Arts where she majored in acting. Lara completed a post-graduate certificate in Acting Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Dramatic art, London.

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