Charis Acting

Giving grace to find joy in acting.

“Charis” is Greek which means “that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness.” It also means “the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude.”

It is our mission to bring freedom back to acting. Freedom to “fail”, freedom to explore creative choices, freedom to find joy in what you do. Acting is doing, being. It shouldn’t be burdensome, but should bring connection and expression that enlightens and fulfills.

With over 20 years of experience; roles on TV, in films, on stage; thousands of hours of training; and years of acting coaching, Carissa is a highly qualified coach for actors.

New Classes are launching this Summer, beginning June 2023.

Two offerings are available:

Film Acting for Kids

Saturdays | 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm | Arabian Library Scottsdale

Kid's Acting Class

Adult Film Acting Class

Saturdays | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm | Arabian Library Scottsdale

Adult Acting Class

Recent coaching projects.

Written by Cristian Lascau
Starring Jermaine Grier, Steven Keene and Brian Stewart

Written by Veronique Parker
Starring Karel Anthony and Jeannie Bertinetti

Register here.

Kids Class Information

Arabian Library Scottsdale

Saturdays • June-August •  1:30 – 3:30 pm


Kid Class Registration
Adult Class Information

Arabian Library Scottsdale

Saturdays  |  11:00 am – 1:00 pm


Adult Class Registration

What others are saying.

“When I first started working with Carissa, I was unsure but curious about acting. She is so encouraging and gave me the freedom to explore different feelings and emotion in each role without fear of being wrong or messing up. I’ve now started to pursue creative opportunities for profit and Carissa is a huge part of me finding that confidence!”

– Jessica Allgoewer, actor and singer

“This was an awesome experience, that provided strong foundational knowledge in acting. Carissa has a special talent in helping you to unlock and express your creativity. I would highly recommend to anyone and will continue to take other classes offered.”

– Jermaine Grier, actor and rapper


What experience do you have teaching and mentoring?

Carissa Dalton is a professional actor, writer, director, teacher and coach. As an actor, she has over twenty years of commercial, television, film and stage experience. She has appeared in projects for Volkswagen, Teleflora, Amtrak, Mitsubishi, Sony TV, National Geographic and more. 

As a writer, actor, and director, she co-wrote, starred-in and directed the feature film, All The Dragons. She has also directed thirty short films. As a teacher and coach, Carissa has worked with actors and directors, helping them elevate their skills through the CFTN Film Lab—a collaborative class of actors, writers, and directors working to create film organically—of which she is the co-founder and co-director.

Carissa is also a well-trained vocalist and dancer, as well as an experienced improv theater performer.

Do you have a tract record of helping actors grow?

We believe the reviews we have received from artists and the work they have created under our mentoring speak for themselves. Please visit the sections above to via the reviews and videos of the work they completed–with zero previous experience.

How much do you charge?

Kids Classes: $120/person for the month
Adult Classes: $150/person for the month

Do you have classes or workshops coming up?

Yes, we have classes starting in June, July and August of summer 2023.