MARISSA CHIBAS is a writer and actor. Marissa is on the Theater School faculty at CalArts where she heads Duende CalArts, a CNP initiative that collaborates with innovative Latin@ 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. The play received NEA ArtWorks and TCG Global connections grants. Marissa is the recipient of the 2015 TCG Fox Fellowship in Distinguished Achievement. In November 2016 her latest play premieres at Bootleg, The Second Woman, performed and written by Marissa, co-starring Paula Rebelo and directed by Zoe Aja Moore. 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 this winter by Routledge Press as part of the second edition of Contemporary Plays by Women of Color. Her silent film with live performance, Clara’s Los Angeles, premiered at REDCAT’s NOW Festival and was screened at the San Diego Latino Film Festival. 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. 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. She played Pilar in the West Coast premiere of Sonia Flew at the Laguna Playhouse and Margarite in the Boston Court production of Camino Real at the Boston Court and has performed in many prominent theaters around the country such as; Arena Stage, Playwrights Horizons, HERE Arts Center, Alley Theater, Old Globe Theater, and the Yale Repertory Theatre, to name a few. She had the honor of being directed by Edward Albee in his award winning play Seascape at the Coconut Grove Playhouse. 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. Recently she wrote the short play Una Gotita, for Teatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras that was performed as a site specific performance in Echo Park in July 2016.