- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
For advanced/intermediate students, we may be working on monologues or sides you've been sent for an audition (looking for specificity and strong, clear choices) or selecting materials for your audition package for colleges or general auditions.
For beginners, we may work on gaining confidence speaking publicly, diving into characters, and working with text to tell stories.
- 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!+ Read More
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!+ Read More
Tested and Certified in 2013. Studied many swords under Fight Master Dale Girard for three years at UNCSA.
Tested and was certified in 2012.
Tested and was certified in 2012.
She was very kind and very understanding. It is not easy for me to get comfortable with people and she was very easy to talk to.
she is very nice,helpful
Carissa is one of the best teachers i ever had!
Loving these lessons so far. :-)
Carissa is an excellent acting teacher. It being the first class, I wasn't sure what to expect, but right from the start, she put my mind at ease and any nervousness I felt quickly subsided. I highly recommend her!
I just had my first lesson and i am so excited for the upcoming lessons with her! she is so great 😀
Carissa does an AMAZING job! My daughter loves her classes!!
Really enjoy our class!
She coached me through my first agent meeting. Absolutely fantastic, as normal. I got so much good advice and she had me run through the material as I would in the audition, encouraging me and helping me through everything.
Amazing class, as always. Uber patient, willing to work on things over and over until I'm comfortable and I've got the instructions I need to work on later, always very punctual.
I wouldn't even consider going with another teacher. Totally recommend!!
Carissa always gives me feedback in a very encouraging way. Once I go over a monologue or a script once, she'll talk about some of the characteristics that I might be able to adopt in order to be more convincing, but she'll also tell me which parts she liked, which parts I was hitting on, but didn't quite get, and anything else. She's super understanding, and she'll talk me through any parts that I was having trouble with extensively until she feels that I understand and am comfortable with the material and the directions. 1000 stars all the way!+ Read More
Carissa goes through the steps very thoroughly.
Awesome Instructor!! Good about going slow enough to understand concepts.
Carissa is a fantastic teacher! I just had my first lesson today, she was so friendly and personable. She was able to see my skill level and challenged me, she made the learning easy to remember and most importantly, she's health focused. I felt comepletely comefortable and am looking forward to many many more lessons!!+ Read More
she was so kind
Carissa is a wonderful, inspiring, and generous teacher! I look forward to every lesson. Thank you!
fun lots telens
Patient and great personality!!
A very knowledgeable instructor! Great classes, we purchased 10 more!
really great teacher
a little trouble connecting in the beginning but once reolved no further problems
i love your lessons
Another great lesson from this awesome instructor! Thank you!!
Very well pleased.
Extremely patient and knowledgeable. Great first lesson!
Carissa is extremely patient with my child, and my daughter responds well to her teaching style. She is also extremely knowledgeable and talented and this shows through in her lessons.
I know absolutely nothing about acting, but Carissa makes me feel comfortable and calm during class. She creates a process fun and entertaining and this makes you look forward to the next class with anticipation. I'm content with my choice!
Carissa makes even the most shy person feel comfortable and let go of their stress during class. A great choice even for people who've never acted before, like me. Thank you!
Carissa is absolutely wonderful!
Carissa is a gem! Super engaging, makes the lessons fun and exciting while still staying on task! I’m so glad I picked her for my daughter!
Carissa is a fabulous instructor! I can’t believe how much I have learned in a short period. She breaks it down and makes it super fun.
Such a fun and helpful teacher!
Ms. Carissa Meagher is an excellent teacher. She definitively inspires you to want to learn.
She is great!!!
Adalyn loves the lessons so far!
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!+ Read More
I am really enjoying Carissa as my ballet teacher and as an enthusiastic and kind person! I look forward to our lessons together...
Thank you for a wonderful first lesson!
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.
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.
My daughter attended several dance schools overseas and she has never had so much fun like the lessons with Carissa.
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!+ Read More