Karis began studying Music Theatre in 2016 at Centrestage Performing Arts, finishing her first year of the Showfit course before being accepted into the Victorian College of the Arts in 2017. At the VCA she has performed as both ensemble and featured vocalists in Morning Melodies 2018 (dir. Margot Fenley) and 2019 (dir. Jayde Kirchert). In 2019 she played the role of Troupe Leader in Flora: The Red Menace (dir. Jason Langley), Diana Dream and Hildy cover in On The Town (dir. Adam Mitchell), as well as performing in the 2019 Melbourne Cabaret Festival’s Woodstock: A 50th Anniversary Celebration (dir. Tyran Parke).