Hey, Jef, Here's My Headshot: KARISSA WHEELER

June 14
10:23 AM 2012


Who's who in Tennessee theater? Sometimes, without a program in your hand, it's difficult to know who's playing whom-hence, our newest feature: Hey, Jef, Here's My Headshot...featuring some of the Volunteer State's best-known-or soon-to-be-known all over the freakin' world-thespians. And have you ever wondered who  the amazing photographers are who make them look damn good? We're gonna tell ya…

Today's actor/subject/model is the beautiful and talented Karissa Wheeler, photographed by 3 Kings Photography.

Among Karissa's recent credits are:

-          Alice, Bye Bye Birdie, The Renaissance Players

-          Ms. Romance,  Airship at Vapor Station (world premiere) by Carolyn German

-          Duffy, Annie, Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre

-          Greek Mythology Storyteller at The Parthenon

-          Sarah Brown, Guys and Dolls Jr.

Hey, Jef, Here's My Headshot: KARISSA WHEELER

Hey, Jef, Here's My Headshot: KARISSA WHEELER

Hey, Jef, Here's My Headshot: KARISSA WHEELER

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Jeffrey Ellis Jeffrey Ellis is a Nashville-based writer, editor and critic, who's been covering the performing arts in Tennessee for more than 25 years. He is the recipient of the Tennessee Theatre Association's Distinguished Service Award for his coverage of theatre in the Volunteer State and was the founding editor/publisher of Stages, the Tennessee Onstage Monthly. He is a past fellow of the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center and is the founder/executive producer of The First Night Honors - the history of which can be traced to 1989 and the first presentation of The First Night Awards - which honor outstanding theater artisans from Tennessee in recognition of their lifetime achievements and also includes The First Night Star Awards and the Most Promising Actors recognition. Midwinter's First Night honors outstanding productions and performances throughout the state. An accomplished director, Ellis helmed productions of La Cage Aux Folles, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and An American Daughter, all in their Nashville premieres, as well as award-winning productions of Damn Yankees, Company, Gypsy and The Rocky Horror Show. Ellis was recognized by The Tennessean as best director of a musical for both Company and Rocky Horror. In 2015, he directed William Inge's Picnic for Circle Players and Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years for VWA Theatricals, with The Larry Keeton Theatre's production of Beth Henley's The Miss Firecracker Contest set for spring 2016.


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