Marissa Chibas is a theater and filmmaker. Her solo show Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary directed by Mira Kingsley and produced by the CalArts Center for New Performance has been presented at the REDCAT Theater in LA, The Daryl Roth in NYC for INTAR, Miami’s Lehman Theater, at the International book festival in Guadalajara Mexico, and Edinburgh Fringe festival, and Encuentro2014 at LATC. Her silent film/performance piece, Clara’s Los Angeles was presented at REDCAT’s NOW festival in 2011 and the San Diego Latino Film Festival in 2013. Her latest short, Clandestino is about a dangerous trip to Arizona undertaken by a group of young Latinos.
Marissa is on the Theater School faculty at CalArts where she headed the acting program from 2003-2010 and currently heads the bi-lingual initiative Duende Calarts that collaborates with innovative Latino(a) and Latin American artists to make adventurous theater work. In Winter 2014 she directed the workshop of Aida Andrade's 22 Dreams translated by Vicki Grise as part of the Lark Theater in New York's U.S./Mexico Exchsnge Project. For CNP; Marissa directed the LA Founding Families with Roger Guenveur Smith at the historic Pico House in downtown LA in 2013, played Edgar in King Lear directed by Travis Preston and co-adapted the award winning co- production with The Poor Dog Group, Brewsie and Willie that appeared in the inaugural RADAR Festival LA of 2011.
Marissa has performed in over 50 productions and over two dozen American premieres including The Keening by Umberto Dorado at the ART in Boston, The Predator’s Ball at BAM, Democracy in America at the Yale Rep, Two Sisters and a Piano by Nilo Cruz at the McCarter, Another Antigone at Playwrights Horizons, Overtime at the Manhattan Theater Club, Dark Rapture with David Strathern and Frances McDormand at NY Stage and Film, The Mark Taper Forum productions of The House of Bernarda Alba directed by Lisa Peterson and Eduardo Machado’s The Floating Island Plays directed by Oscar Eustis. On Broadway she performed in Abe Lincoln in Illinois and Brighton Beach Memoirs, as well as off Broadway and many prominent resident theaters across the United States. She played Marguerite in the Boston Court production of Camino Real directed by Jessica Kubzansky. Marissa has worked with artists such as Robert Wilson, Arthur Penn and Edward Albee to name but a few.
She is writing and directing a short film, Hitchcock's Purses, that will be incorporated to a larger live performance piece titled She by She to be performed next year. For Duende CalArts she is the lead artist along with director Martin Acosta on a project called Shelter about refugee children captured at the U.S. border.