MARISSA CHIBAS is an actor, writer, and filmmaker. Her solo show which she wrote and performed in, Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary, directed by Mira Kingsley and produced by the CalArts Center for New Performance (CNP) has been presented in both English and Spanish at the REDCAT Theater in LA, The Daryl Roth in NYC for INTAR, Miami’s Lehman Theater, Teatro Experimental in Guadalajara Mexico, the Edinburgh Fringe festival of 2011, and the Encuentro 2014 at LATC. Also for CNP she co-adapted the award winning CNP/Poor Dog Group Production of Brewsie and Willie that was presented at the 2011 RADAR Festival and played Edgar in CNP’s inaugural production of King Lear at the Brewery in Downtown Los Angeles directed by Travis Preston. Marissa played Marguerite in the Boston Court production of Camino Real directed by Jessica Kubzansky in 2010. Her American premieres 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, Two Sisters and a Piano at the McCarter theater directed by Brian Kulick, Major Crimes directed by Arthur Penn at the Actor’s Studio Rawspace, and Fortune’s Fools directed by John Rando at the Cherry Lane Theater. On Broadway Marissa played opposite Sam Waterston in Abe Lincoln in Illinois directed by Gerry Gutierrez, and portrayed the role of Nora in Brighton Beach Memoirs directed by Gene Saks. She played Pilar in the West Coast premiere of Sonia Flew at the Laguna Playhouse directed by Juliet Carillo. Marissa was Julie Danton in Robert Wilson’s acclaimed production of Danton’s Death at the Alley Theater in Houston. Marissa had the honor of being directed by Edward Albee in his four character award winning play Seascape at the Coconut Grove Playhouse for which she was nominated for a Carbonell award. Her New York premieres include Eric Overmeyer’s Dark Rapture at New York Stage and Film with David Strathern and Frances McDormand, South directed by David Herskovitz at HERE, A.R. Gurney’s Another Antigone and Overtime at Playwright’s Horizons and Manhattan Theater Club respectively, and Hurricane by Erin Cressida Wilson 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. At Baltimore Center Stage Marissa was in the American Premiere of Odon Von Horvath’s Judgement Day directed by Jackeson Phippin as well as Les Blancs directed by Marion McClinton. Marissa played Miranda in The Tempest directed by Jon Jory at the Actor’s Theater of Louisville. At the Old Globe Theater Marissa played Octavia in Antony and Cleopatra directed by Jack O’Brien and Luciana in Comedy of Errors, and Judy in A.R. Gurney’s Another Antigone. At Arena Stage Marissa played in Ring Round the Moon directed by Doug Wager and The Piggy Bank directed by Garland Wright.
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 directed by Loretta Greco. Marissa has worked in a multitude of readings, workshops, and play development programs at the Mark Taper Forum, Playwrights Arena, The Public Theater, LATC, N.Y. Theater Workshop, and Lincoln Center to name but a few. Most recently she was in all four workshops of Tanya Saracho’s The Tenth Muse for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival directed by Laurie Woolery.
Her silent film with live performance component, Clara’s Los Angeles, received a workshop at Highway’s Performance Space and premiered at REDCAT’s NOW Festival in the fall of 2011. The film was written, directed, and performed by Ms. Chibas and was screened at the San Diego Latino Film Festival in March of 2013. Marissa’s latest short video, Clandestino, focuses on the banning of the Mexican American Studies Program in the Tucson Public School system.
Marissa is on the Theater School faculty at CalArts where she heads the initiative Duende CalArts that collaborates with Latina(o) and Latin American innovative theater makers to expand aesthetic boundaries and create multi lingual works. Duende CalArts presented the world premiere of Piedra de Sol/Sunstone by Octavio Paz at the Getty Villa in 2009, Timbuktu by Alejandro Ricano at REDCAT and Teatro Experimental in Guadalajara Mexico in 2011/12. She conceived, co-wrote, and directed the LA Founding Families that performed at the historic Pico House in downtown Los Angeles with Roger Guenveur Smith as Pio Pico in 2013. In Winter of 2015 Duende CalArts will present Shelter written by Marissa and directed by Mexico City based director Martin Acosta which will be presented in various sites around Southern California and is about unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S. border.