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Marissa Chibas is a performer, writer, and educational administrator who has worked in a wide variety of theatrical forms for over two decades. Her American premieres as an actor include; the co-production with The Center for New Performance at CalArts and INTAR of her one woman show Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary at the REDCAT Theater in Los Angeles and the Lehman Theater in Miami, at the Gudelajara book festival in Mexico in 2009 and Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011.

Other American premiere's include, The Keening, a one woman play by Columbian playwright Umberto Dorado at the American Repertory Theater in Boston, The Predator's Ball directed and choreographed by Carol Armitage at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Democracy in America at the Yale Rep directed by Travis Preston, Judgment Day by Odon von Horvath at Baltimore Center Stage directed by Jackson Phippin, and Two sisters and a Piano at the McCarter theater directed by Brian Kulick.

On Broadway Marissa played opposite Sam Waterston in Abe Lincoln in Illinois directed by Gerry Gutierrez, and was Nora in Brighton Beach Memoirs directed by Gene Saks. She played Pilar in the West Coast premiere of Sonia Flew at the Laguna Playhouse. Marissa was Julie Danton in Robert Wilson's production of Danton's Death at the Alley Theater in Houston. Her New York premieres include Eric Overmeyer's Dark Rapture at New York Stage and Film, A.R. Gurney's Another Antigone and Overtime at Playwright's Horizons and Manhattan Theater Club respectively, and Hurricane at Classic Stage Company directed by Barry Edelstein. 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. Marissa played Marguerite in the Boston Court Theater production of Camino Real.

In 2002 Marissa played Edgar in the Center For New Performance at Cal Arts' inaugural production of King Lear at the Brewery in Downtown Los Angeles, and at the Frictions Festival of Dijon in 2003. Marissa participated in the Sundance Theater labs of 1997, 1998 and 2004 where among her roles there she played Eva Luna in the dance/theater bi-lingual version of the Stories of Eva Luna directed and choreographed by Della Davidson as well as the first workshop of Jessica Haegedorn's Dogeaters .

Marissa has been seen on television in Law and Order and FEDS . On film she appeared in Lewis Klahr's The Speed of Turqoise which played at MOMA, Getting Away with Murder with Dan Ackroyd, and Henry Fool directed by Hal Hartley.

Marissa has been an active participant as a director and actor with the 52nd Street Project, an organization devoted to uniting professional artists with inner city kids in the New York area in order to create theater. Marissa was head of the BFA and MFA Acting program at CalArts 2003-2010 and is head of the bi-lingual initiative Duende CalArts. Other educational experience includes teaching acting at the Harvard Summer Program, and at NYU Playwrights Horizons Theater School for 5 years. Marissa has performed and worked with Junior and High School students in both the Manhattan Theater Club's and Manhattan Class Company's youth initiatives and led workshops at Promoteo Theater in Miami, Teatro Jornalero sin Fronteras in Los Angeles, Interlochen Arts school I Michigan, CENART Theater School in Mexico City, and New World High School of the Arts in Miami and CAPSA. She has served on panels at the Mark Taper Forum, the Department of Cultural Affairs in LA, the 2009 TCG conference, the Rockefeller MAP Fund Theater panel of 2007 and at CalArts.

Marissa was a founding board member of The Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts. Marissa conceived and directed along with David Roitstein, Siete Cuentos in 2009 and Crossings in 2011, a collaboration between the CalArts Theater and Music schools. In 2010 she wrote and directed the 30 minute Noir video Fandango Nights for the CalArts Theater School and Clara's Los Angeles, a silent video with live performance component.


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Marissa Chibas
Email :  mchibas1@mac.com


As Head of Acting in the School of Theater at CalArts, led nationally recognized undergraduate (BFA) and graduate programs (MFA).  Responsible for the training of approximately 125 students.  Administration and design of all areas of the programs including faculty and staff searches, faculty reviews, recruitment, development of curriculum, guest artists and workshops, as well as oversight of productions.  Current position oversees Duende CalArts, a bi-lingual Spanish/English Theater initiative.

Head of Acting – California Institute of the Arts 2003-2009
Head of MFA Acting – California Institute of the Arts 2003 to 2010
Founder of Duende CalArts – California Institute of the Arts 2009 to present



-  1998 – Present   MFA and BFA Acting Studio teacher, California Institute of the Arts. 
Currently teachings MFA 1 and BFA 3 Acting Studio and Solo Performance for MFA 3’s and BFA 4’s.  Past courses at CalArts include BFA 2 Acting Studio, BFA 3 Acting Studio, BFA 4 ad MFA 3 Acting Studio’s, and Language for BFA 1’s (an introduction to Language skills and appreciation for the spoken word), and Mythic Imagination and the actor for BFA 1 Acting students.
- 1991-1998 - New York University.  Undergraduate Acting Studio Instructor. Playwrights Horizons Theater School (BFA Program).
- 1992-1998- Active participant as actor and director for the 52nd Street Project in Hell’s  Kitchen NYC.
- 1988 –1989 - Harvard Summer School.  Acting Instructor.
Conducted extensive youth workshops at Manhattan Theater Club in NYC, Plaza De La Raza in downtown Los Angeles, Manhattan Class Company in NYC, Interlochen School for the Arts in Michigan, Miami New World School of the Arts, LACHSA, and Los Angles High School for the Arts.
= Led Dance-Theater Myth workshop in collaboration with Mira Kingsley at Farmlab, Los Angeles (August 2009)
- Led workshop at Teatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras/Day Laborer Theater without Borders retreat (July 2009)


Wrote on Aesthetic Diversity, American Theater Magazine, October 2011.
- Wrote article in LA Stage Alliance, September 2011 for production of Clara’s Los Angeles presented at REDCAT’s NOW Festival.
- Interviewed on Aesthetic Diversity and Actor training for HowlRound 2011.
- Many interviews for Television and Print in U.S. and abroad including “The World” with Lisa Mullins for American Repertory Theater’s production of The Keening by Umberto Dorado.


- 2011 Clara’s Los Angeles (creator and performer), A silent film project with live performance component. Presented workshop performance at Highway’s Performance Space in June of 2011 and performed at 2011 REDCAT NOW Festival.
- 2007/9 Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary (writer and solo performer, directed by Mira Kingsley) - REDCAT Los Angeles and Daryl Roth Theater, NYC.  Co-produced by Center for New Performance at CalArts and INTAR Theater NYC, Teatro Lobo Miami Dade Cultural Affairs 2008 (Spanish and English performances), Guadelajara Book Festival 2009 (Spanish Performances), Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011.
- 2006 Sonia Flew (Pilar, written by Melinda Lopez and directed by Juliet Carillo), Laguna Playhouse, West Coast Premiere.
- 2005 Keening (one woman show by Umberto Dorado), American premiere at American Repertory Theater, Boston.
- 2004 Dead Puppet Talk (Narrator, directed by Roman Paska), Sundance Theater Lab White Oak Florida.
- 2003 The House of Bernarda Alba (Angustias, with Chita Rivera and directed by Lisa Peterson), The Mark Taper Forum Los Angeles.
- 2003 King Lear (Edgar, directed by Travis Preston), produced by the Center for New Performance at CalArts, performed at the Frictions Festival in Dijon, France and The Brewery, downtown Los Angeles).
- 2000 Hurricane (Mother, written by Erin Cressida Wilson and directed by Barry Edelstein), Classic Stage Company NYC.)
- 1999 Two Sisters and a Piano (Sofia, written by Nilo Cruz and directed by Brian Kulick).  World premiere at McCarter Theater, New Jersey.
- 1998 Les Blancs (Dr. Gotterling) by Lorraine Hansberry, Baltimore Center         
 Stage, directed by Marion McClinton.
- 1997 and 1998- Performer for Sundance Theater Lab in Sundance, Utah.
Abe Lincoln in Illinois (Ann, with Sam Waterson) at Lincoln Center Theater, directed by Gerry Guitierrez.
- The Predators Ball (Lori Milkin) at Brooklyn Academy of Music, directed by Carol Armitage.
Law and Order (two episodes as Maggie Rando and Christine Costus).
The Floating Island Plays by Eduardo Machado, The Mark Taper Forum (Manuela, Mimi) directed by Oscar Eustis.
The Charcot Project (Marnee) Lelabo Theater, Paris France.
Danton’s Death (Julie Danton, with Richard Thomas) at The Alley Theater, Houston TX, directed by Robert Wilson.
- Brighton Beach Memoirs (Nora) One year Broadway run (first replacement, played with original cast), Neil Simon Theater, directed by Gene Saks.
Overtime (Nerissa) by A.R. Gurney at Manhattan Theater Club (World Premiere), directed by Nicholas Martin.
FEDS (recurring role on pilot as Detective Rodriguez).
Major Crimes (Luz) at The Actors Studio Raw Space, directed by Arthur Penn (World Premiere).
Seascape (Sarah) written and directed by Edward Albee at Coconut Grove Playhouse, Coconut Grove FL.
Democracy in America (The Wanderer) World Premier at Yale Rep., directed by Travis Preston.
The Tempest (Miranda) directed by Jon Jory, Actors Theater of Louisville.
South (Regina) Target Margin Theater at HERE, NYC, directed by David Herskovitz (American Premiere).
Judgement Day (Ana) by Odon Von Horvoth, Baltimore Center Stage, directed by Jackson Phippin (American Premiere).
The Piggy Bank (Blanche) directed by Garland Wright, Arena Stage, Washington DC.
Antony and Cleopatra (Octavia) directed by Jack O’Brien, The Old Globe Theater, San Diego CA.
Comedy Of Errors (Luciana) The Old Globe Theater, directed by David McLendon.
Another Antigone (Judy) by A.R. Gurney, Playwrights Horizons, directed by John Tillinger (World Premiere).
Ring Round The Moon (Isabelle), Arena Stage directed by Doug Wager.
The School For Wives (Agnes), Merrimack Repertory Theater, directed by Dan Schay.
Fresh Horses and Asian Shade by Larry Ketron, WPA Theater, directed by Dan Florek.


- Currently serving on LA Stage Alliance Theater Task Force.
- Host for 2011 TCG Conference, Los Angeles CA.
- CO-Curator REDCAT Summer Studio June 2010, November 2011.
- Panelist and co-host with Diane Rodriguez at the Mark Taper Forum on LA Theater.    -   Special guest Nisia Aguero, Artistic Director of National Theater of Cuba 2002
- Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation – grant nominator 2005, 2007.
- Art and Social Criticism performer and panelist REDCAT 2007.
- MAP Fund Theater panelist 2007.
- Lead panelist with Dawn Saito at 2009 TCG conference, Baltimore MD, on Aesthetic Diversity and 21st century theater.

Served on board of the following organizations –

- The Loz Feliz Charter School of the Arts (founding board member-served 6 years)
- LA based Blank the Dog Theater Company (founding board member – current).
- LA based Automata Theater (founding board member- current).


- BFA SUNY Purchase (1982).
- Acting Classes with George Morrison and Shirley Knight.  
- Writing workshops with Corey Madden, Anne Garcia Romero, and Maureen Murdoch.
- Voice Technique Workshop at Actors Theater of Louisville with Helen Strange Tillson, faculty Royal Shakespeare Company, England.
- Voice Technique workshop with Deborah Hecht at Vivian Beaumont Lincoln Center Theater during production of Abe Lincoln in Illinois, (1993 played Anne Rutledge with Sam Waterson) 
- Myth and Story workshops with Michael Meade.
- Workshops with Ana and Debora Correa of Yuyachkani (Lima, Peru) on movement and mask.
- Dance as Ritual workshop with Ana Halprin
- Movement training in Yoga, Flamenco, Haitian and Afro Cuban dance, Alexander and Feldonkrais Technique, and contact improvisation, Continuum.

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