Past Recipients Student Testimonials  

Carissa Martin has always been drawn to the performing arts. Her first opportunity to showcase her creative talents was in the Theatre Arts Department at Ventura Junior College. There, she directed three One Act plays, and was the stage manager and assistant director of two full length productions. Her credits on theatre play productions also include lightboard and soundboard operations as well as costume and make up design and property management. Her commitment and excellent work ethic led to a paid position as a house manager and publicity assistant at Ventura College.

Prior to transferring to California State University, Northridge, Carissa worked on more than ten plays; received the award for Outstanding Achievement in Humanities; was offered an internship at the Mark Taper Forum; and received rave reviews from Los Angeles Times critic, Todd Everett, for her direction of the Lynette At 3:00 A M. In addition, Carissa has continued her studies and has written, directed, and produced two children's plays. She has also held a position as the Master of Ceremonies at Hornblower's Comedy Club and interned on the Young Indiana Jones Cronicles.

Carissa is a senior at California State University, Northridge. She has completed thirty six Cinema and Television Arts credits as well as receiving scholarships from the American Women in Radio and Television and the Michael C Rassmussen Memorial Scholarship. In the spring of 2001, she was honored by The National Dean's List.

Carissa is currently the Treasurer for the Action Film Club and is fulfilling an internship at KCET. At this time, she is in the final stages of pre production for her Senior Project, Branded For Life, which is scheduled to shoot in February. Carissa plans to complete the film and her education in the spring of 2002.

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