Marissa Chibas is a writer and actor and recipient of the 2015 TCG Fox Fellowship in Distinguished Achievement.
Marissa is on the Theater School faculty at CalArts where she heads Duende CalArts, a CNP initiative that collaborates with innovative Latinx and Latin American artists to create adventurous performance.
For Duende she conceived and wrote Shelter, which premiered in April 2016 in Los Angeles and subsequently performed at the Kennedy Center. Shelter, published by NoPassport press, focuses on the Central American unaccompanied children who are seeking asylum in the U.S. In November 2016 she performed in her latest play, The Second Woman, which premiered at Bootleg Theater in LA. Her solo show Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary (DCR), written and performed by Ms. Chibas, was produced by the CalArts Center for New Performance (CNP) and directed by Mira Kingsley.
DCR has been presented at REDCAT (Los Angeles), The Daryl Roth for INTAR (New York), the Lehman Theater (Miami), Teatro Experimental (Guadalajara Mexico), the Edinburgh Fringe festival, Encuentro 2015 at LATC, and Arts Emerson (Boston). DCR will be published Fall 2017 by Routledge Press as part of the second edition of Contemporary Plays by Women of Color.
Her silent video with live performance, Clara’s Los Angeles, premiered at REDCAT’s NOW Festival and was screened at the San Diego Latino Film Festival. In March 2017 she collaborated with Cuban artist Aissa Santisso as part of CNP’s El Acercamiento project, on a video installation and performance that was presented at Fabrica de Arte in La Habana.
Marissa 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.
Her American premieres as an actor include: The Keening, (ART), The Predator’s Ball (BAM), and Two Sisters and a Piano at the McCarter Theater. On Broadway Marissa played opposite Sam Waterston in Abe Lincoln in Illinois, and portrayed the role of Nora in Brighton Beach Memoirs.