Milla Tissari



Milla Tissari is a Finnish/American actor based in Helsinki. She is also a professional dancer and passionate singer. Tissari is interested in acting on stage and on camera and has a soft spot for classical drama, physical theatre, improvisation and voice acting. She quotes Mae West: “I’ll try anything once, twice if I like it, three times to make sure.”

Professional dream:

At least once in my life I would want to make the audience laugh, cry and orgasm at the same time.

Special skills

  • ballet (professional)
  • pole dancing
  • belting
  • classical singing
  • Savonian dialect
  • a plant whisperer

Language skills

  • Finnish (Mother tongue)
  • English (Mother tongue)
  • Swedish (good)
  • French (good)

Thesis project

Artistic work

Suljetut ovet (2023)
Text: Jean-Paul Sartre
Translation: Marja Rankkala
Dramaturgy: Taika Martikainen
Direction: Jaakko Kiljunen
Set design: Anni Hernetkoski
Costume design: Working group
Light design: Oskari Kaarne
Sound design: Juri Jänis
On stage: Petri Knuuttila ja Milla Tissari, Alexandra Oupornikova
Role: Actor (lnes)
Production: Theatre Academy Helsinki

Written component

Tuhnurella – Paska näyttelijä

Other education

Vocational degree in classical ballet, 2012, The Kirov Academy of Ballet

Studies in classical singing, The Sibelius Academy, 2016-2017

Selected CV

Jäähyväiset kahvihuoneelle 2022-2024
Director: Akse Pettersson
Production: Theatre Takomo, The Finnish National Theatre
Role: Actor: “New employee”

lmprovised play and musical 2023
Teachers: Tiina Pirhonen and Hannu Risku
Production: Theatre Academy Helsinki
Role: Actor

The Swan 2022
Director: Lauren Lehtinen
Production: Dacapost Films
Role: “White Swan”

Virtaus 2022
Choreographer: Oskari Kaarne
Production: Theatre Academy Helsinki
Role: Dancer

Monologues 2021
Teachers: Elina Knihtilä and Tuuli-Mariia Nilsson
Production: Theatre Academy Helsinki
Role: Monologue from Christer Kihlman’s Madeleine