Charise Greene — Coaching/Directing

Charise’s strength as an acting coach lies in her ability to free up the body and voice, resulting in emotionally committed, theatrically daring story-telling. Focusing on specificity and ease, she helps bring the actor’s individual choices to the surface, allowing the imagination to activate and inspire. Charise holds an MFA in Acting from the Brown/Trinity Rep Consortium (Stephen Sondheim fellow), a BA in Theater from UC Berkeley, and a certificate of completion from The Studio New York.

 

Charise is a voice and dialect coach for film and television (most recently Jennifer Saunders in “Isn’t It Romantic?” and Golden Globe nominees Dominic West and Ruth Wilson in Showtime’s “The Affair“) and for past productions at The Public Theater, The Atlantic Theater Company, The Flea, Fault Line TheaterNYU’s Stella Adler Studio, and Drew University. She taught a master class in Shakespeare and the Voice at UNC Chapel Hill and an audition workshop at the University of New Haven. Charise has been on faculty at Barnard-Columbia,  Clark University, the Tom Todoroff Conservatory, ACTeen and Child’s Play NY. Over the course of many years, she taught the following classes in the undergraduate department of theater at Barnard and Columbia: Advanced Acting, Acting Chekhov, Acting the Contemporary Scene, Acting Comedy, Audition Workshop, Introduction to Acting, and Senior Acting Thesis Advisement (performance and research).

Charise most recently directed Shakespeare’s “Pericles, Prince of Tyre” with a cast of 17 at Barnard-Columbia, with original music by Alaina Ferris.


Click here to view Charise’s Directing/Teaching CV

Click here to view Charise’s Voice/Dialect Coaching Resume

*References available upon request. To book a coaching session, email her at charisegreene@gmail.com

 

 

 




“Charise is an exceptional coach because she not only knows how to articulate coherently the specific obstacles that I individually face in my acting, but also understands the value of positive feedback and honest encouragement in my learning. I respect Charise tremendously for her expertise in guiding an actor’s natural tendencies to become intelligible acting choices. She wholeheartedly collaborates with her students to discover, harness, and highlight the unique voice of each actor. I could not recommend a more kind-hearted, inspirational, and skilled coach than Charise Greene, with whom I have had the pleasure and blessing to work on many occasions.”
- Jin Ha, Tisch


“Charise is one of the warmest teachers I’ve had the opportunity to work with. Generous with her time and advice, she is as thorough as she is nurturing. She has this incredible way of equipping her students with a keen awareness of their instrument in order to help them shed inhibiting habits and truly grow. She is, in a word, wonderful!”
-Victoria Pollack, Juilliard


“I was struggling with my monologues for a big audition, and luckily found Charise. She is such a kind, smart, intuitive person so was able to get to know me very quickly. She saw which of my pieces showed the widest range of my acting, and freed up my characters so the monologues were bold and nuanced. She taps into the little ways you connect with your characters, and pulls them out so you feel and discover things you never would have thought of. I worked with Charise only twice, and walked away with pieces that grew enormously, feeling completely confident and ready for my audition. She is a wonderful person and a truly great coach.”
- Julia Valen, Tisch


“Charise is a truly special acting teacher. Her class is a process of release and discovery (as opposed to pressure and expectation) and the results are tremendous. In Charise’s class, you not only learn how to make great theater, it happens through you and your classmates.”
-Lorenzo Landini, The Old Globe/USD


“I was dreading an upcoming audition for a prestigious study abroad program, and past experience had left me feeling inadequete as a performer. I turned to Charise. Her immediate enthusiasm and commitment to my work and my improvement was exciting and touching. I did not have room to doubt myself in the presence of Charise’s unending energy; she worked with me until I was at my best. I am thrilled to report that I was admitted to the program. Every day I am struck with how lucky I was to have been coached into not only a stronger performer, but also someone who believes in herself. Some people are made to inspire. Charise Greene is one of those people.”
-Christina McCarver, Columbia College


“Coaching with Charise has helped me free both my body and voice from tension when acting, thus increasing my concentration allowing me to make bolder choices in the moment. Charise will take you to the next level in your work (whatever that may be). She is fiercely intelligent with a huge heart.
-Jaclyn Bishop, Actress and Singer, NYC


“Charise creates a safe environment where actors can take the risks necessary to let their performance turn from ordinary to miraculous. We worked on everything from age to working class London dialect, demonstrating a wide range of vocal expertise. Her knowledge of period and style put everyone at ease in the rehearsal room, and I’m certain I’ll keep her on speed dial for future projects.”
-Douglas Widick, Stella Adler Company, North Coast Improv


“What Charise offers the actor is unmatchable. She is not just a good coach, she is a lively spirit and an intelligent theatre-maker, and I can honestly say that I was never so confident in myself, as an actor and a person, as I am after just five months under Charise’s tutelage.”
-Yasmeen Jawhar, Barnard College