Charissa Bertels is a Broadway actor, creator, producer and champion of new musicals.
Charissa came to the Big Apple by way of the Little Apple - Manhattan, Kansas. Her 5th grade teacher, Mr. Gibson, encouraged her to try out for the summer Parks and Rec musical after casting her as Bilbo Baggins in their school production of The Hobbit. Thanks, Mr. G!
Since then she's embraced her passion for community and storytelling, particularly through new musicals. Not seeing the roles she wanted to play already in the cannon, she started creating and producing her own opportunities. Her latest projects include
My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend (IRNE award for Best Solo Performance for herself and the Kleban Award for her best friend and collaborator, Christian Duhamel), The Uncivil Ones (a new musical featuring unheard female, trans and non-binary voices from The Civil War) and X-MAS: A Merry Mutant Holiday Spectacular (producing and starring as Jean Grey).
Other credits include:
If/Then (National Tour), Lady Be Good & Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Encores & Cast Recordings), A Christmas Story (Broadway, National Tour & Madison Square Garden).
...keep your eye out for the next show Bertels appears in. She’s got talent.
The Boston Globe
Charissa Bertels, who subbed for “American Idol” star Tamyra Gray on opening night, brought power to the role of lesbian friend Kate.
Minneapolis Star Tribune
On opening night Charissa Bertels performed the role of Kate, filling in for "American Idol" alum Tamyra Gray, and did a terrific, crowd-pleasing job, showing all the requisite energy, wit, and charisma the part calls for.
The women in “If/Then,” especially (Jackie) Burns and Bertels, were powerhouse singers..."
My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend is a joyous delight, performed with skill and passion: an irresistible reminder
that time flies.
Charissa Bertels is nothing short of phenomenal...it’s not hyperbole to call it a tour de force of multidisciplinary theatrical talent and awe-inspiring work by this amazing actor.
The Nashua Telegraph