karisa bruin

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Karisa Bruin is a writer-director-actor specializing in dark and grounded comedy.

Her inspired-by-real-life pilot Mile Markers, was awarded best comedy pilot at the Premiere Film Festival and her first short film, UberEx, premiered in competition at Dances With Films in 2018 and garnered her the Best Director prize at the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival.

A former Chicagoan, Karisa holds her MFA in Screenwriting from DePaul University and her cum laude BA from Dartmouth. She has directed web series, music videos, pilot presentations, and short films. 

An improv specialist, Karisa studied and performed improv at the iO, UCBNY, Annoyance, and Magnet Theaters. Her skills an improvisor allow her be flexible and creative on set, finding opportunities for humor inspired by what's on the page.

Her short film Labor Relations, an absurd comedy about a woman who goes into labor at work and keeps right on working while she has a baby, recently premiered at Just for Laughs in Montreal.

Karisa has also worked as a professional actor in commercials, television and film.