Charissa Memrick grew up in Austin, Texas and began her musical journey in middle school when her choral director suggested her first voice teacher to her. While attending Canyon Vista Middle School Charissa got her first taste of musical theatre with roles such as Lily St. Regis and Mrs. Paroo in Annie and The Music Man, respectively.
In high school Charissa flourished in choir and theatre classes and began most of her serious performance training through musicals, straight plays and T.M.E.A. competitions. Her training led her to play leading roles such as Kim MacAfee in Bye Bye Birdie and Terry Randall in Stage Door. Her mentors guided her to Wichita State University to double major in Musical Theatre and Vocal Performance with a scholarship for musical theatre.
At Wichita State, Charissa took on a full schedule to achieve her dreams of performing. She enrolled in dance classes, attended call backs for leads in musicals, sharpened her acting technique and got her first taste of what the word “opera” truly meant. Charissa was consistently cast in operas and quickly learned the amount of dedication and passion it took to create an operatic performance. Charissa graduated with a degree in Vocal Performance and with several operatic roles on her resume such as Ida from Die Fledermaus and Prima Cercatrice in Suor Angelica. But Charissa did not forget about her love for musical theatre. In addition to her classical recital, Charissa single-handedly orchestrated a musical theatre recital. The performance showcased musical theatre students, vocal performance students and members of the vocal faculty.
After her graduation, Charissa was eager to learn more about the voice and how it functions. She felt as if she “needed to be put in the oven more a couple more years” and got accepted into Texas State University’s graduate program for Vocal Performance and Pedagogy to do just that. In these two short years she learned how to fine tune her voice, explored her stage craft and solidified her career choice. During this time Charissa worked with a young artist program called, Spotlight on Opera, and performed scenes from one of Charissa’s dream roles, Cunegonde, from Candide. She also had the opportunity to specifically work on recitative structure and role preparation by covering the role of Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro. However, her most challenging and fulfilling experience was given to Charissa her last semester at Texas State when she performed the leading role, The Governess, in The Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten.
After graduating with both degrees Ms. Memrick launched herself into the Central Texas performing arts scene and played Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors, performed a new piece titled Alex: In Transition by Anthony Green, played Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and performed with Austin’s Cabernet Cabaret all within six months after graduation. Since then Charissa has performed with One Ounce Opera, Beerthoven, Vintageous Productions, Local Opera Local Artists, Texas Hill Country Opera and Arts, The A Hundred Times More Project, Wimberley Players, Austin’s Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Texas Central Opera Collective and many more…
Charissa is currently seeking opportunities for any genre of music, theatre and voice acting. She is currently cultivating an online presence through Youtube, Instagram, Facebook & Tiktok. All material online can be found through @crossovercrrissa on each platform.