Charissa Bertels is a Broadway Actor
and Champion of New Musicals.
Bertels performed on Broadway and at Madison Square Garden in the Original Broadway Cast of Pasek & Paul's A Christmas Story and toured the country in the first national tour of If/Then, starring Idina Menzel, La Chanze and Anthony Rapp. As part of the singing ensemble for New York City Center Encores' productions of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Lady Be Good, her work can be heard on the subsequent cast recordings, featuring Megan Hilty and the legendary Tommy Tune.
Charissa starred to rave reviews in her original one-woman musical, My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend, at Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT), for which she received an IRNE award for Best Solo Performance. She is thrilled to reprise her role for Arizona Theatre Company and the Human Race Theatre Company next year. Her newest collaboration, The Uncivil Ones, features unheard female, trans and non-binary voices from The Civil War and garnered the 2019 Special Mention for the Women in Arts & Media Coalition Collaboration Award. Each holiday season, Charissa looks forward to producing and starring as Jean Grey in the parody hit, X-MAS: A Merry Mutant Musical.
An original musical based on the unheard female, trans and non- binary voices of the Civil War.
Charissa serves as Co-Bookwriter and stars as Doctor Mary Walker, the only female recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor to this day.
Charissa produces and stars as Jean Grey in the hit parody X-MAS: A Merry Mutant Holiday.