Biography

Carla is thrilled to be playing Medea in Miriam Grill’s directing thesis production of ‘Medea’ at the Lenfest Centre of the Arts.

Born in Perth, Western Australia, Carla trained at the Victorian College of the Arts (Bachelor of Dramatic Art-Acting) in Melbourne, Australia. Carla also has a B.A (English)Theatre Arts major from Curtin University and a Certificate of Music Theatre from the National Theatre Drama School.

An Actor’s Equity Association member since gaining permanent residency in the USA, recent productions include ‘Babette’s Feast’ at the Connelly Theatre, ‘From Oz to Oz’ at the Duplex Cabaret Theatre, and Cleopatra in ‘Antony & Cleopatra’ directed by Miriam Grill for Columbia University.

In 2014 Carla underwent a year of artistic residency at Victoria University (Diploma of Creative Industries) and completed an international study tour of New York City, training in Suzuki & Viewpoints at the SITI Theatre Company. Carla moved to New York in 2016 after marrying the love of her life- a boy from Brooklyn.

Roles with the Australian Shakespeare Company include Mistress Quickly in ‘Henry IV part 1’at the Athenaeum Theatre, ‘Alice in Wonderland’(Duchess), ‘Macbeth’(1st Witch, gentlewoman), ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ and ‘Comedy of Errors’ (female understudy).

Australian touring productions include ‘Cosi’ and ‘The Crucible’ with Complete Works Theatre Company; Lux Radio Theatre’s ‘Gone With The Wind’, and a 12-month Australian National tour as the resident swing on ‘Motherhood The Musical’(Amy, Barb, Trisha & Brooke) for HIT Productions.

A career highlight was creating the role of Celeste at the Melbourne Recital Centre for Magnormos in the Australian premiere production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical- ‘Saturday Night’.

Solo Shakespearean cabaret ‘Whores and Weeping Women’ premiered in 2013 at The Butterfly Club Melbourne, with subsequent seasons throughout 2014-15 at His Majesty’s Theatre in Perth and The Owl & the Pussy Cat in Melbourne.

Television roles include Heidi Kesper in Channel 7’s ‘Winners and Losers’ pilot, and Janine Kent in the Ten Network’s series ‘Offspring’, series #4, episode #1. TVC’s include the role of the peacekeeper for ‘Smiths Chips’ which ran nationally for six months.

Carla is a registered New York Tour Guide; and delights in welcoming visitors from all over the world to visit the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island.

She also plays the violin & viola; is a trained mezzo musical theatre singer and has studied jazz vocals & Indian classical raga.

Resume

Personal Details
Complexion: Fair
Hair: Dark Brown / Long
Eye Colour: Blue / Green
Height: 5 ft., 5 3⁄4 inches
Theatre
Production Role Company/Director
Medea Medea EA Showcase – Columbia University
Antony & Cleopatra Cleopatra EA Showcase – Columbia University
Babette’s Feast Sister Marie Connelly Stages
From Oz to Oz Cabaret Duplex Theatre
Virginia and Some of her Friends Lady Ottoline Morrell Radio Play, recorded at 3MBS
Whores and Weeping Women– Shakespearean cabaret(Butterfly Club, Owl & Pussycat, His Majesty’s Perth) Shakespeare’s heroines Complete Works Theatre Co/ Dir. Andrew Blackman/ MD Andrew Patterson
Gone With The Wind –Staged Live Radio Play5x Week Regional Qld Tour Various arTour / Dir. Don Mackay
GrouchoChapel off Chapel Various Don Bridges
Henry IV – Part OneAthenaeum (May 2012) Mistress Quickly Australian Shakespeare Co / Dir. Glenn Elston
Lady Chatterley’s LoverRippon Lea House Female Understudy Australian Shakespeare Co / Dir. Glenn Elston
Alice In WonderlandGeelong Botanic Gardens and Rippon Lea House Duchess, Lorikeet, Mock Turtle Australian Shakespeare Co / Dir. Kevin Hopkins
Motherhood The Musical12 Month National Tour Swing – Amy, Trisha, Barb, Brooke Hit Productions / Dir. Terence O’Connell
Richard III Explorations Lady Anne, Elizabeth, Margaret Australian Shakespeare Co / Dir. Glenn Elston
Macbeth 1st Witch, A Gentlewoman Australian Shakespeare Co / Dir. Glenn Elston
The Comedy of Errors Female Understudy Australian Shakespeare Co / Dir. Glenn Elston
Cosi / CrucibleVictorian schools tour Julie, Ruth, Elizabeth Proctor Complete Works Theatre Co / Dir. Andrew Blackman
Sondheim Triptych Celeste Magnormos / Dir. Terence O’Connell
Invisible Stains Evelyn VCA / Dir. Tanya Gerstle
The Learned Ladies Belise VCA / Dir. Paul Weingott
Vinegar Tom Betty VCA / Dir. Brian Lipson
Action Liza VCA / Dir. Samara Hersch
Julius Caesar Brutus VCA / Dir. Kirsten von Bibra
Agamemnon / The Oresteia Clytemnestra VCA / Dir. Kirsten von Bibra
The Maya Project Newswoman Fire Engine Blue Productions / Dir. Gorkem Acaroglu
Good Will Humping Lady Bouquet De Crapp Hunchbax Theatre Restaurant / Dir. Jeremy Kewley
Life Is Just A Bowl of Cherries Carla Kissane Capers Showcases / Dir. Mellissa Langton
Film
Production Role Company/Director
Sunshine Ruby Onast Short film / Dir. Danni Juhl
Graceland Lucy Dir. Matthew Bento
Meat Your Maker – Short Julie Dir. Jarrod Riley
Out Here in Suburbia – Short Rosanna Dir. Adelle Drover
The Unborn – Short Madonna Dir. Tintin Hedberg
Raised in Captivity – Short Bernadette Dir. Veronica Schoner
Award Winning Gay Short The Woman Dir. John Richards
Not What I Expected – ShortTropfest Finalist Phoebe Dir. Tim Dean
The Room – Short Emily Dir. Bronwyn Haze
Television
Production Role Company/Director
Offspring Series 4, Ep #1 Max’s Mother Ten Network / Dir. Emma Freeman
Winners & Losers Pilot Ep #1 Heidi Kesper Seven Network / Dir. Nick Bufalo
ABC Snapshots – Interview Carla Kissane ABC TV
Corporate / TVCs
Production Role Company/Director
Smith’s Chips Peacekeeper Dir. Micca Delaney / Airbag Prod
Acquired Brain Injury Margaret Halpern Monash University
Acute Multiple Sclerosis Jenny Folger Melbourne University Physio Dept
Borderline Personality Lisa Smith St John of God Healthcare
Training & Workshops

TERTIARY

Course Institution Instructor
Diploma of Creative Industries Victoria University Various
Bachelor of Dramatic Arts – Acting VCA Various
Certificate of Music Theatre National Theatre Drama School Various
BA – English (Theatre Arts Major) Curtin University of Technology, WA Various

ACTING

Course Institution Instructor
Mixed Level Workshop SITI Theatre Company, New York Barney O’Hanlon
Shakespeare Private Tuition Stephen Costin
Impro for Actors Impro Melbourne Keith Johnstone
Chekhov Private Tuition David Myles
The Acting Shop Richmond David Myles
The Actor’s Lab The Space Kenneth Ransom
Shakespeare Private Tuition Kenneth Ransom

SINGING

Course Institution Instructor
Private Tuition Gary May
National Theatre 2002 Private Tuition (2003-05) Tim Smith
VCA 2009 Private Tuition (2002,2010) Mark Jones

DANCE / MOVEMENT

Yoga Teacher Trained at the 200 hour level
Viewpoints/Suzuki Mixed Level Workshop SITI Theatre Company, New York Barney O’Hanlon
Melbourne Suzuki Training Lucy Guerin Studios, Melbourne Matt Crosby
Anusara Level 1 Immersion Course Shri Yoga, Brisbane Julie Smerdon
Anusara Yoga Workshop Breathing Space, Melbourne Betsey Downing
Anusara Level 1 Immersion Course Sydney Convention Centre John Friend
Tap The Dance Factory Grant Swift
Jazz The Dance Factory Various
Jazz The Space Various
Special Skills
Languages/Accents: American – General American, New York, Deep South, Chicago,American Southern, Mexican.
English – RP, West Country, Cockney, Derbyshire, North Country, Scottish, Spanish, Mexican, Italian.
Sign Language: Basic Auslan alphabet
Music: Mezzo Soprano, Blues, Cabaret, Choral, Folk, Jazz, Musical, Opera, Pop, Rock, Show
Instruments: Basic – Recorder, Keyboards/ Piano. Intermediate – Viola (AMEB Grade 3), Violin (AMEB Grade 5). Can sight read music well.
Dance: Aerobics, Ballet, Cabaret, Flamenco, Jazz, Modern, Tap
Sport: AFL Football, Archery, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Cricket, Cycling, Netball, Running, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Yoga
Licenses: International Drivers Licence

MEDEA  – January 2016

Carla is thrilled to be playing Medea in Miriam Grill’s directing thesis production of ‘Medea’ at the Lenfest Centre of the Arts.

 

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