Carissa is a Sydney-based director and theatre-maker.
In December 2014, she graduated from Charles Sturt University’s Theatre/Media course with Distinction, and as the recipient of the Blair Milan Memorial Scholarship for Performance Excellence, and the Frank Ponton Memorial Prize.
Carissa’s directing credits for theatre include: for NIDA 2016, All That Glitters (Graduation Production), Huis Clos (No Exit) (with Actors Centre Australia), Reflect (with the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts); for leftofcentre theatre co., Femme Fatale (Old 505 FRESHWORKS 2016), The Genius Project (as co-creator and performer, 2015), Elegy (La Boite’s FAST Festival 2014); for RockSurfers Theatre Co., Reindeer Games (Bondi Feast 24-Hour Party Playwright, 2015); and for Bathurst Arts & Theatrical Society, Slut (2013). She has acted as Assistant Director for #KillAllMen (NIDA) and Stones in His Pockets (Critical Stages, 2015), and observed on Misterman (Siren Theatre Co., 2015), Jump for Jordan (Griffin Theatre Company, 2014) and Playwriting Australia’s National Script Workshops 2015. Carissa’s directing credits for screen include: for triple j Unearthed/rage, Work It Out by Midas.Gold (music video, 2016), for the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Video Portrait: Alexandra Partridge (commercial, 2016), for NIDA, Gale (short, 2016); for leftofcentre, Thanks for Sharing (short, 2015). Professional development activities she has been selected for include ATYP’s National Studio (2015), the PACT Collective (2015), and Playwriting Australia’s Director’s Studio (2014).
In 2017, Carissa will be a Resident Director at The Old Fitzroy Theatre. She is also the Artistic Director of Glitterbomb.