FOUR LARKS make original performance work at the intersection of theatre, music, visual art and dance.

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Mat Sweeney (director / composer) and Sebastian Peters-Lazaro (creative producer) have been creating as four larks since 2008.

Our award-winning ‘junkyard operas’ combine immersive design with innovative orchestration and dynamic choreography. Our work is continually evolving as we explore new forms. Most recently we’ve created an opera for a roving audience across the grounds and gardens of the Getty Villa (“triumphant…a high water mark for site-specific theatre” No Proscenium), created an ongoing new music series with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (“one of the most outstanding performances I have ever seen” New Classic LA), and designed and curated a pop-up performance space out of a flower shop downtown (“our favorite DIY space” 5 everyday). Next we’ll return to the theater with a new project for the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Arts in their 19/20 season.

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We create new projects alongside a continually expanding cadre of artists including co-founder and collaborative writer Jesse Rasmussen, and performers and designers Max Baumgarten, Lukas PapenfussclineEllen Warkentine, Regan Baumgarten, Eli Weinberg, Esther Hannaford, Lisa Salvo, Brandon Baruch, Esala Liyanage, Zachary Carlisle, Genevieve Fry, Matt Orenstein, Cassandra Blair, Paula Rebelo, Linnea Sablosky, Sharon Chohi Kim, Jodie Landau, Kalean Ung, Katherine Redlus, Maya Gingery, Reuben Liversidge, James Waterman, Yvette Cornelia Holzwarth, Jett Kwong, Sheila Brown Ellis, James Vitz-Wong, Ida Duelund Hansen, Adam Casey, Mieko Romming, Miranda Peters-Lazaro, and photographers Michael Amico and Vikk Shayen Wong. Our website was built by Prudence Rees-Lee. For additional credits please see our individual project pages.

“A company whose comprehensively reconstructed notion of the immersive Gesamtkunstwerk has produced some of the most inspiring and original art I’ve ever seen.”
Andrew Fuhrmann, timeout

“The first time you witness a production by fourLarks is a little like stumbling upon a brigadoon-like village; one that has somehow existed in isolation from the mainstream yet has developed a complete set of traditions, rituals and aesthetics on its own…These are fully-fledged operas growing from the detritus of contemporary culture.”
John Bailey, realtime

“They are using the city as their stage…They are eschewing the confines of theater architecture and creating their own performance spaces. Through their work, they’re connecting audiences to our city in unexpected and exciting ways… These are more than shows, they’re experiences.”
Anthony Byrnes, kcrw

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AWARDS: CTG Sherwood Award 2020 (Mat Sweeney), No Proscenium (Best of 2019), Ovation Awards (Best Ensemble & Best Music), LA Weekly (Best of LA), Los Angeles Theatre Awards – Stage Raw (Best Design), LA Times (Critics Choice), Fabrik (Best Theatre of 2016), KCRW (Best of 2015 & Best of 2014), Bitter Lemons (Best of 2015, Favorite Plays of 2014), TimeOut Melbourne (Best of 2012), The Age (Best of 2011), TheatreNotes (Best of 2010), Melbourne Green Room Awards (Best Music, Best Design, Best Ensemble, Best Production), East Bay Express (Best of 2009). Find a more extensive list on our individual project pages.