Development Editor, Drama
Carissa has developed and produced new plays and large-scale outdoor performances for theatres in London and nationally. Prior to joining Big Talk, Carissa was dramaturg and Deputy Literary Manager at the Royal Court where she helped to programme Pigeons by Suhayla El-Bushra, The Wolf From the Door by Rory Mullarkey, Liberian Girl by Diana Atuona, and Fireworks by Dalia Taha – to name a few. She was the production dramaturg for Gastronauts by Wils Wilson, April De Anglis, and Nessah Muthy, and developed collaborative projects Peckham: The Soap Opera and Lost in Theatre for Vicky Featherstone’s inaugural season, Open Court. For the Court and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Carissa commissioned and developed the critically acclaimed Pomona by Alistair McDowall, which went on to premiere at the Orange Tree Theatre and transfer to The National Theatre.
Carissa is passionate about writer development and championing new diverse voices. For Graeae Theatre Company, Carissa designed the Write to Play scheme – a national writer development programme for Deaf and disabled writers. In this vein, Carissa has contributed to a variety of new talent initiatives, including: Coming Up, 4Screenwriting, the Bruntwood Prize, the Verity Bargate Award, as well as scouting for a number of independent producers and theatres.