Marissa Chibas is a writer, performer, filmmaker, recipient of the TCG Fox Fellowship in Distinguished Achievement, and awarded filmmaker of the month, November 2019, by NewFilmmakers LA.

Marissa’s work was described by the New Yorker as “…impassioned and physically unstinting acting. We succumb to her magnetic force.” Her solo show Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary, which premiered at REDCAT, has toured the U.S., Europe, and Mexico. Marissa has acted in over 50 productions on and off Broadway. She wrote and performed in an Audible Original collection edited by Teatro Luna, Talking While Female and other Dangerous Acts.  She is on the Theater School faculty at CalArts where she directs the initiative Duende Calarts, part of the CalArts Center for New Performance (CNP), that collaborates with innovative Latinx and Latin American artists to make adventurous socially relevant work. For Duende she conceived and wrote Shelter, which was presented at the Kennedy Center and is now a documentary titled Finding Shelter that screened at; Segal Center NYC, SDLFF, Nevertheless FF, Official Latino FF, and NFMLA co-hosted with the Oscars. Shelter was published by NoPassport Press and her solo play is included in the Routledge Press second edition of Contemporary Plays by Women of Color. Her silent film/performance piece, Clara’s Los Angeles, was presented at REDCAT’s NOW festival and SDLFF. In April 2017 she co-created and performed in a video installation at Fabrica de Arte in La Habana, Nostalgia, in collaboration with Cuban artist Aissa Santiso. Her short film Zohra was presented in various film festivals and was nominated for best actress and best comedy awards at the Official Latino FF.  She is currently collaborating with Octavio Solis on a CNP world premiere of his play, Scene with Cranes.  Marissa is in the midst of writing a memoir and creating a Cuban Documemory based on her experiences as the daughter of a Cuban revolutionary and runner up Miss Cuba 1959.

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My Alliance of Women Directors Profile