Charissa first joined Stagecoach when she was just six years old after attending an Easter Workshop at her local Stagecoach. Since then she has stayed with Stagecoach, moving from student to assistant to teacher. At the tender age of 24 she made the transition to Principal and opened her own Stagecoach school in Upper Norwood.

In the future Charissa would like to open her own drama therapy business alongside her Stagecoach school.

1. What has been your greatest challenge in life/career so far?

Making the decision to stop performing and to go back to school. And then balancing my Masters degree in Social Work alongside my Stagecoach school. It’s been a challenge but completely worth it in the end.

2. Who was your biggest inspiration growing up?

My mum.

3. What has been the most memorable moment of your life/career so far?

Now - all the things that I’ve achieved now. Being a social worker and seeing my kids on stage doing Bugsy Malone in July.

4. What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

I’m very vocal! I may seem like a nice person but if something isn’t right I’m a dragon. I will complain and I will get results!

5. What is one thing you wish you'd known when you were younger?

How tough drama school and the performing arts industry is. You have to be so thick skinned and confident. It made me a stronger person for going but I wasn’t prepared for how hard it would be.

6. Where do you feel most at home?

My house!

7. What's the best advice you've been given?

My mum always says to be the best version of yourself - don’t try to please other people, as long as you are happy that’s all that matters.

8. What is on your bucket list?

I don’t really have one… I’d like to have a family and win the lottery!

9. Who is on the guest list for your ideal dinner party?

Beyonce and Adele.

10. What's on your bookshelf?

I don’t have a bookshelf but I do have a Kindle and I recently discovered my local library. I love a naughty book like 50 Shades! And in my bag right now I have a book called The Good Bride Guide by Matt Dunn.