Carissa Meagher

Carissa M.

Sacramento, CA
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Let's get moving! I can teach you a number of styles or focus on one in particular that you like. My background is mainly in ballet, tap, jazz, and musical theatre dancing. No one is too young or old to learn some moves!

About Carissa M.

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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Karlon
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I've just had my first lesson with Carissa. She is really nice. She worked with me to help with acting patterns and techniques that I seem to do subconsciously. She is also encouraging when she is helping me achieve my acting goals. I can't wait for the next lesson.

Posted Mar 23, 2020
Erin Bozan
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My daughter absolutely loved Carissa and can't wait for her acting lesson again next week! Carissa made it so fun and comfortable for her and my daughter said that she feels like she is going to learn a lot in the weeks ahead.

Posted Mar 14, 2020
Caroline
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Great instructor. Professional, knowledgeable and friendly. She helped my 11 year old daughter who lived the online lessons

Posted Mar 9, 2020
Elizabeth
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This was my first lesson and I have to admit, I was really nervous and I didn't know what to expect. However, it turned out I had nothing to be nervous about! Carissa is so nice and once the lesson started, I felt comfortable talking to her and doing the scene readings with her. I had a lot of fun during my first lesson and I can't wait until the next one :)

Posted Mar 4, 2020
Nya T.
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Carissa was very nice and I felt like I could open to her easily.

Posted Dec 4, 2019
Zaret
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had fun

Posted Sep 25, 2019
Dmitry
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I'm really impressed!!! Carissa met all my expectations and even more. For a very short period of time, she has taught me how to improve my intonation by using positive phrases and believing in them. It really helps, I feel like I got her energy and positiveness. Thanks Carissa! Look forward to the next lesson!

Posted Jul 26, 2019
Tommaso
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Absolutely the best acting instructor I could get!!

Posted Jul 18, 2019
Neil K.
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She is the Best. Very good in communicating and sharing her experience.

Posted Jul 8, 2019
Rajan N.
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Posted Jul 8, 2019
Hannah P.
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Carissa is great! She is kind, helpful and helps you think in ways that improve your acting and make you understand your character.

Posted Jul 2, 2019
Angelynn R.
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Great experience

Posted Jun 22, 2019
Heaven R.
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Class was awesome, very happy with our teacher Ms.Carissa. Looking forward to more lessons.

Posted Jun 13, 2019
Emily X.
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Carissa is an amazing teacher who makes you feel super comfortable from the start! She is someone who is very understanding and will never judge you! I highly recommend her to anyone who is starting out in acting or even more advanced!

Posted May 28, 2019
Kim
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Very patient and understanding! Looking forward to future lessons...

Posted Apr 22, 2019
Grace

This is my first time taking acting lessons, and I really had an amazing experience. Carissa challenges you yet makes you feel comfortable at the same time. She has a wonderful personality, very understanding, and is flexible.

Posted Apr 10, 2019
Leticia
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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.

Posted Mar 11, 2019
Clela
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she is very nice,helpful

Posted Jan 24, 2019
Magdalena W.
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Carissa is one of the best teachers i ever had!

Posted Jan 11, 2019
Clela
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Posted Nov 15, 2018
Mercedes
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Loving these lessons so far. :-)

Posted Oct 30, 2018
Lynn E.
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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!

Posted Oct 23, 2018
Magdalena W.
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I just had my first lesson and i am so excited for the upcoming lessons with her! she is so great 😀

Posted Oct 20, 2018
Lilly Y.
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Carissa does an AMAZING job! My daughter loves her classes!!

Posted Oct 20, 2018
Sharon D.
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Really enjoy our class!

Posted Oct 12, 2018
Abigail L.
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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.

Recommended, 1000%.

Posted Oct 11, 2018
Abigail L.
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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!!

Posted Oct 6, 2018
Sasha
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Posted Sep 24, 2018
Abigail L.
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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!

Posted Aug 31, 2018
Jitendra
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Carissa goes through the steps very thoroughly.

Posted Aug 29, 2018
Gene T.
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Awesome Instructor!! Good about going slow enough to understand concepts.

Posted Aug 25, 2018
Sabrina R.
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Posted Jul 20, 2018
Emily
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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!!

Posted Jun 26, 2018
eva
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great lesson

Posted Jun 26, 2018
Marian
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Posted Jun 26, 2018
Jenelle B.
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she was so kind

Posted May 19, 2018
Abigail L.
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Posted May 18, 2018
Diane
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Carissa is a wonderful, inspiring, and generous teacher! I look forward to every lesson. Thank you!

Posted May 8, 2018
Clela
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fun lots telens

Posted May 7, 2018
Mona
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Patient and great personality!!

Posted May 5, 2018
Lisa
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A very knowledgeable instructor! Great classes, we purchased 10 more!

Posted Apr 27, 2018
Franklin B.
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Great instructor!

Posted Apr 19, 2018
Chapronica
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really great teacher

Posted Apr 9, 2018
Chapronica
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a little trouble connecting in the beginning but once reolved no further problems

Posted Apr 2, 2018
Kelly
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Posted Mar 29, 2018
Izabella P.
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Posted Mar 29, 2018
Clela
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i love your lessons

Posted Mar 19, 2018
Clela
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Another great lesson from this awesome instructor! Thank you!!

Posted Feb 26, 2018
Chapronica
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Very well pleased.

Posted Feb 20, 2018
Aaliyah
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Extremely patient and knowledgeable. Great first lesson!

Posted Feb 19, 2018
Chapronica
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Posted Feb 19, 2018
Purvi
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Posted Feb 18, 2018
Alexis
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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.

Posted Feb 14, 2018
Sophia
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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!

Posted Feb 14, 2018
Sophia
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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!

Posted Feb 8, 2018
Carol Lynn G.
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Carissa is absolutely wonderful!

Posted Jan 15, 2018
Joanna
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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!

Posted Dec 28, 2017
Debbie
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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.

Posted Dec 7, 2017
Samantha D.
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Posted Dec 3, 2017
Ali N.
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Such a fun and helpful teacher!

Posted Nov 28, 2017
Solains A.
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Ms. Carissa Meagher is an excellent teacher. She definitively inspires you to want to learn.

Posted Nov 28, 2017
Jacqualyn
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Posted Nov 19, 2017
Aliya K.
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She is great!!!

Posted Oct 29, 2017
Adalyn
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Adalyn loves the lessons so far!

Posted Oct 14, 2017
Diane
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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!

Posted Oct 10, 2017
luis olivera
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Posted Oct 6, 2017
Kelly
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sooo good

Posted Sep 21, 2017
Diane
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I am really enjoying Carissa as my ballet teacher and as an enthusiastic and kind person! I look forward to our lessons together...

Posted Aug 28, 2017
Diane
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Thank you for a wonderful first lesson!

Posted Aug 21, 2017
Diane
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Posted Aug 21, 2017
Katie Avrukin
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Thank you!

Posted Aug 16, 2017
Miriam
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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.

Posted Jul 26, 2017
Leanna Pearce
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Posted Jun 24, 2017
Kelly
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Posted May 30, 2017
Kaylie Gross
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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.

Posted May 9, 2017
Kaylie Gross
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My daughter attended several dance schools overseas and she has never had so much fun like the lessons with Carissa.

Posted Feb 17, 2017
Brandon
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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!

Posted Feb 1, 2017

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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!

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.
Unarmed Stage Combat
May 2012

Society of American Fight Directors

Tested and was certified in 2012.
Knife (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'

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