Marissa Chibas is a writer, performer, filmmaker and recipient of the TCG Fox Fellowship in Distinguished Achievement. 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, including The Keening by Umberto Dorado at the ART in Boston, Two Sisters and a Piano by Nilo Cruz at the McCarter, The Mark Taper Forum productions of The House of Bernarda Alba and Eduardo Machado’s The Floating Island Plays and Robert Wilson’s Danton’s Death at the Alley Theater. On Broadway she performed in Abe Lincoln in Illinois and Brighton Beach Memoirs. Her silent film/performance piece, Clara’s Los Angeles, was presented at REDCAT’s NOW festival and the San Diego Latino Film Festival.
Chibas is on the Theater School faculty at CalArts where she heads the initiative Duende Calarts, part of CalArts Center for New Performance (CNP) that collaborates with innovative Latinx and Latin American artists to make adventurous theater work. For Duende she conceived and wrote Shelter, which premiered in April 2016 at Lincoln Park and was presented at the Kennedy Center. 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. Chibas 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. She wrote and performed in The Second Woman in 2016 at the Bootleg Theater in LA. In April 2017 she co-created and performed in a video installation at Fabrica de Arte in La Habana, Nostalgia, in collaboration with Cuba based artist Aissa Santiso. Her short film Zohra is currently being presented at various film festivals. She is presenting Shelter the documentary this October at the National Theater School in Mexico (ENAT) as part of an international theater conference in which Shelter the play will be presented as well.