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Bringing grace and joy to acting

Charis Acting

Discover creative choices and freedom to experiment in the process

Ready to Shine?

Our Film Acting Classes will put you in front of the camera, help you gain confidence, and give you a chance to thrive and grow creatively.

New Classes Start Fall 2024

Film Acting for Kids

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Film Acting for Teens

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Film Acting for Adults

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Film Acting for Kids

If you enjoy watching movies, expressing yourself, or acting out a story, this class is for you! Gain confidence on-camera by learning how to communicate effectively through improv games, telling a story, and scene work. Discover how to navigate a script, take direction, and understand character. Most of all, find joy in acting within a positive, family-friendly environment!

A link with camera work will be emailed one week after the class ends. Class size limited to ten students.

What kids will learn:
• To work on-camera and understand film language
• To connect with others through improv, games, and scene work
• To build confidence, express emotion

Watch Previous Student’s Work:
YouTube: @filmlabmovies918

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• More Information Coming SOON!

Training and Creating

For two years, Carissa and Chris Dalton, Huck&Dorothy, held a film lab in Phoenix, Arizona. Writers, actors, and directors were taught screenwriting, film acting, and directing for the screen. Out of that teaching, the budding filmmakers developed short films as teams. New to the world of filmmaking, their growth was tremendous, the stories created were deep, and the community formed out of it was substantial.

Huck&Dorothy Film Acting for Kids

Some of their work is featured below.

Out of those two years, over 25 short films were filmed and edited. Each story was touching and drawn from the lives of the actors, writers, and directors. Our hope is to take that experience and spread it through the state of Arizona and beyond.

Also emerging from that time was the feature film, All The Dragons. Some of the cast and most of the crew for the film came from the Film Lab, drawing on what they were learning and putting it into practice on a grand scale.

All the Dragons Trailer

Films Created by H&D Students

All films created by first time writers, actors and directors.

Film Acting for Teens

If you enjoy watching movies, expressing yourself, or acting out a story, this class is for you! Gain confidence on-camera by learning how to communicate effectively through improv games, telling a story, and scene work. Discover how to navigate a script, take direction, and understand character. Most of all, find joy in acting within a positive, family-friendly environment!

A link with camera work will be emailed one week after the class ends. Class size limited to ten students.

What you will learn:
• To work on-camera and understand film language
• To connect with others through improv, games, and scene work
• To build confidence, express emotion

Watch Previous Student’s Work:
YouTube: @filmlabmovies918

Information:
• More Information Coming SOON!

The Coach

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.

Film Acting for Adults

If you’ve ever pictured yourself on the big screen, then this class is for you. Build confidence in yourself and your unique voice by learning to become a better storyteller and communicator. Learn the core techniques needed on a film set. Develop the skill to work with scripts, scene partners, and improvise. Thrive and grow whether you are an experienced actor or a beginner in a creative, grace-filled environment. What you can expect to learn:

• To work on-camera and understand film language
• To connect with others through improv and scene work
• To create honest, natural characters

A link with camera work will be emailed one week after class ends. Class size limited to ten students.

Information:
• More Information Coming SOON!

What Others Say about Charis Acting Coaching

“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

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