Carissa Meagher

Carissa M.

Sacramento, CA

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Carissa delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2008

Hi! I'm Carissa, a working actor and playwright, and would love to work with you on your craft! I grew up heavily immersed in the arts from a young age. For Middle School and High School I attended one of the top Performing Arts schools in the State of California, where I was able to take classes such as ballet, tap, jazz, acting, and playwriting daily. After that, I earned a spot in, and graduated from, the BFA Acting program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. After taking a year to work professionally in theatre and television, I moved to Ireland to earn my MFA in Playwriting from The Lir Academy (an affiliate school of London's RADA). Teaching has been a big part of my life, from private study to running theatre camps for kids. I'm well versed in the drama school audition trail and would love to help you prepare for this exciting time! I also offer playwriting lessons/critique, and beginner lessons in dance (ballet, jazz, tap). I look forward to hearing from you!

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Experience

Director of Education/Youth Theatre Director
Jan 2014 - Aug 2015
Capital Stage Company

Worked on educational outreach as well as running the Youth Theatre program during multiple summer seasons. With the Youth Theatre Program, I led teenage theatre students in the creation of a brand new play from writing, to rehearsals, to performance, in just two weeks!

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Education

MFA in Playwriting
Sep 2015 - Aug 2016
The Lir Academy (RADA) at Trinity College Dublin
BFA in Acting
Sep 2010 - May 2014
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
High School Diploma
Aug 2003 - Jun 2009
Natomas Charter Performing and Fine Arts Academy

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Single Sword (Stage Combat)
Nov 2012
Society of American Fight Directors

Tested and Certified in 2013. Studied many swords under Fight Master Dale Girard for three years at UNCSA.

Knife (Stage Combat)
May 2012
Society of American Fight Directors

Tested and was certified in 2012.

Unarmed Stage Combat
May 2012
Society of American Fight Directors

Tested and was certified in 2012.

Awards

Gold Medal for Monologue Performance
Jan 2009
Lenaea Festival
Merit Scholarship
Dec 2008
National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts YoungArts'

Photos & Videos

A brief footage montage followed by a few short scenes from various films I've worked on.
Photo by Carissa M.

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This was from a cabaret performance in college. I'm Mona (Lipschitz).
Backstage for THE WINTER'S TALE! I'm on the left and will always be in love with that dress.

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Photo by Carissa M.

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Production still from DETECTIVE STORY!

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Production still from THE DRAGON. I'm in red.

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Production still from ANNA KARENINA at Capital Stage Company. PC: Charr Crail

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I'm an actor that sings, not a musical theatre artist. Singing/dance is so useful for actors to study, though!
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14 Reviews

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Adalyn Oct 14, 2017
Dance · Online

Adalyn loves the lessons so far!

Diane Oct 10, 2017
· Online

Carissa is a wonderful teacher! She has a warm spirit, is enthusiastic, and so eager to help me learn and improve no matter how many questions I ask or times I need to practice the steps. She is patient with me and so encouraging. Every lesson I come away happy, stronger, and more able to dance. Thank you, Carissa!

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luis olivera Oct 6, 2017
Dance · Online

Kelly Sep 21, 2017
Ballet · Online

sooo good

Diane Aug 28, 2017
· Online

I am really enjoying Carissa as my ballet teacher and as an enthusiastic and kind person! I look forward to our lessons together...

Diane Aug 21, 2017
Ballet · Online

Thank you for a wonderful first lesson!

Diane Aug 21, 2017
Ballet · Online

Katie Avrukin Aug 16, 2017
Ballet · Online

Thank you!

Miriam Jul 26, 2017
Ballet · Online

Carissa was clear and careful in explaining to our 7 year old how to do the steps she needs to learn for her next level of Ballet.

Leanna Pearce Jun 24, 2017
Ballet · Online

Kelly May 30, 2017
Ballet · Online

Kaylie Gross May 9, 2017
Ballet · Online

Carissa classes are so much fun and I learn alot at the same time. Carissa is an amazing teacher. Thank you for being such a great teacher.

Kaylie Gross Feb 17, 2017
Ballet · Online

My daughter attended several dance schools overseas and she has never had so much fun like the lessons with Carissa.

Brandon Feb 1, 2017
Acting · In studio

Carissa is my go-to coach whenever I need to prep for auditions. She has an in-depth knowledge of text analysis, so she always helps me understand the most important moments in scenes/monologues and pushes me to make solid, stong choices so I can nail them in the audition room and walk out feeling confident. She is very patient, friendly, knowledgeable, and a pleasure to work with/ learn from. Highly recommend her!

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