Marissa Chibas is a performer, writer, and educational administrator who has worked in a wide variety of theatrical forms for over two decades. Her American premieres as an actor include; the co-production with The Center for New Performance at CalArts and INTAR of her one woman show Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary at the REDCAT Theater in Los Angeles and the Lehman Theater in Miami, at the Gudelajara book festival in Mexico in 2009 and Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011.
Other American premiere’s include, The Keening, a one woman play by Columbian playwright Umberto Dorado at the American Repertory Theater in Boston, The Predator’s Ball directed and choreographed by Carol Armitage at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Democracy in America at the Yale Rep directed by Travis Preston, Judgment Day by Odon von Horvath at Baltimore Center Stage directed by Jackson Phippin, and Two sisters and a Piano at the McCarter theater directed by Brian Kulick.
On Broadway Marissa played opposite Sam Waterston in Abe Lincoln in Illinois directed by Gerry Gutierrez, and was Nora in Brighton Beach Memoirs directed by Gene Saks. She played Pilar in the West Coast premiere of Sonia Flew at the Laguna Playhouse. Marissa was Julie Danton in Robert Wilson’s production of Danton’s Death at the Alley Theater in Houston. Her New York premieres include Eric Overmeyer’s Dark Rapture at New York Stage and Film, A.R. Gurney’s Another Antigone and Overtime at Playwright’s Horizons and Manhattan Theater Club respectively, and Hurricane at Classic Stage Company directed by Barry Edelstein. At the Mark Taper Forum Marissa played in all four of Eduardo Machado’s Floating Island Plays directed by Oscar Eustis and The House of Bernarda Alba directed by Lisa Peterson. Marissa played Marguerite in the Boston Court Theater production of Camino Real.
In 2002 Marissa played Edgar in the Center For New Performance at Cal Arts’ inaugural production of King Lear at the Brewery in Downtown Los Angeles, and at the Frictions Festival of Dijon in 2003. Marissa participated in the Sundance Theater labs of 1997, 1998 and 2004 where among her roles there she played Eva Luna in the dance/theater bi-lingual version of the Stories of Eva Luna directed and choreographed by Della Davidson as well as the first workshop of Jessica Haegedorn’s Dogeaters .
Marissa has been seen on television in Law and Order and FEDS . On film she appeared in Lewis Klahr’s The Speed of Turqoise which played at MOMA, Getting Away with Murder with Dan Ackroyd, and Henry Fool directed by Hal Hartley.
Marissa has been an active participant as a director and actor with the 52nd Street Project, an organization devoted to uniting professional artists with inner city kids in the New York area in order to create theater. Marissa was head of the BFA and MFA Acting program at CalArts 2003-2010 and is head of the bi-lingual initiative Teatro Calarts. Other educational experience includes teaching acting at the Harvard Summer Program, and at NYU Playwrights Horizons Theater School for 5 years. Marissa has performed and worked with Junior and High School students in both the Manhattan Theater Club’s and Manhattan Class Company’s youth initiatives and led workshops at Promoteo Theater in Miami, Teatro Jornalero sin Fronteras in Los Angeles, Interlochen Arts school I Michigan, CENART Theater School in Mexico City, and New World High School of the Arts in Miami and CAPSA. She has served on panels at the Mark Taper Forum, the Department of Cultural Affairs in LA, the 2009 TCG conference, the Rockefeller MAP Fund Theater panel of 2007 and at CalArts.
Marissa was a founding board member of TheLos Feliz Charter School for the Arts. Marissa conceived and directed along with David Roitstein, Siete Cuentos in 2009 and Crossings in 2011, a collaboration between the CalArts Theater and Music schools. In 2010 she wrote and directed the 30 minute Noir video Fandango Nights for the CalArts Theater School and Clara’s Los Angeles, a silent video with live performance component.