March 2017 events

International Society of Black Latino’s cafecito gathering. Gave a talk on “Shelter”



March 30th
Installation in Cuba as part of El Acercamiento (View PDF)

password is Cuba



Echo Park Film Center
1200 N. Alvarado St.
Los Angeles, California 90026
(213) 484-8846
Friday, May 26 at 8PM

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Marissa Chibas and John Hawk will screen their most recent dark comedy short, Zohra, in which an aging actress struggles with playing the role of an old nurse in an experimental film version of Medea. Zohra was integrated into a play, The Second Woman, which ran at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles for a month in 2016. This screening will also include three other previous shorts including Clara’s Los Angeles which was presented at REDCAT, and the San Diego Latino Film Festival, and Nostalgia, which was part of an installation just presented in Havana, Cuba in April of 2017. The two artists, who are both faculty members at CalArts, have collaborated over the past five years on these films with Chibas directing, writing, and acting, and Hawk serving as the director of photography, colorist and sound mixer as well as a general artistic consultant. The pieces have a political undertone and are often comedic while addressing a range of topics from racism and sexism to getting old, and Latin American revolutionary politics. FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE!                                                                                                                               
This screening is made possible thanks to a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Doors 7:30 pm; admission $5.


June conferences presenting Shelter

Emogeo- Emotional Geographies conference at Cal State Long Beach

Response at the Radical Edge at Pacifica Graduate Institute

July 2017
Marissa will lead two workshops in San Diego with Jo-Elyn Nourie on Saturday July 8th and Saturday July 15th on Embodied writing. For info email Marissa at mchibas1@me.com

October 2017
Book launching and reading for Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary by Routledge Press as part of the second edition of Contemporary Plays by Women of Color.





September 27, 2016 Bootleg Theater 2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057

more info http://liveartsexchange.org/white-rabbit-red-rabbit/

A play by Nassim Soleimanpour
No rehearsals. No director. No set.
Every night a new actor opens an envelope and encounters the script for the first time.
“A playful, enigmatic and haunting solo show by the Iranian writer Nassim Soleimanpour.” –The New York Times
Forbidden to leave his country, playwright Nassim Soleimanpour distilled the experience of an entire generation in a wild, utterly original play. WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT is a work about contemporary Iran and of Nassim’s generation. A generation born amidst the hardship of the Iran-Iraq war. A wired generation of globally-minded young people who have never known an Iran other than the Islamic Republic.


TCG Fox Foundation Actor Fellowship in Distinguished Achievement

I am happy and honored to announce that I have been awarded the 2015 TCG Fox Foundation Actor Fellowship in Distinguished Achievement in partnership with Bootleg Theater.

This grant will allow me to develop The Second Woman, an interdisciplinary performance that draws from John Cassavetes' film Opening Night, and Henry Rider Haggard's novel She. Both share themes of the terrors of aging and the mysteries of the feminine. Our project is scheduled to premiere at Bootleg in Los Angeles in the Fall of 2016. Paula Rebelo and I will perform the piece with original music by Juli Crockett, video by Adam Flemming, choreography by Fernando Belo, video cinematography by John Hawk, and directed by Zoe Aja Moore. This dynamic creative team have come together to create a soul stirring experience, a ritual for transformation inspired by these two great works. Intensive workshops will be conducted at Bootleg and made available free of charge to High School students from the Downtown Los Angeles area.


I’m thrilled to be on the
Language = Culture Change breakout session for Arts in A Changing America speaking on behalf of Duende CalArts for its pilot program launch on October 26th at the Ford Foundation, New York.
There will be a lifestream of the event available here.

ArtChangeUS: Arts in a Changing America is a new, five-year initiative based at California Institute of the Arts that seeks to explore and understand the dramatic demographic transformation of the United States and its profound impact on arts and culture. I’m honored to be amongst a diverse set of aritsts and cultural organizers from across the nation to help reframe the national arts conversation at the intersection of arts and social justice.
More info available here.

In development:

SHELTER is a theater and documentary film project that shares stories of the massive human crisis of children refugees who pass through the U.S. deportation shelter system. The piece will premiere in April, 2016 in Los Angeles. Click here for the American Theatre Magazine article about Shelter. More soon.

Written by Marissa Chibas, directed by Martín Acosta and produced by CalArts Center for New Performance/ Duende CalArts.

And last but not least, I'm excited to announce that DAUGHTER OF A CUBAN REVOLUTIONARY will be presenting in the 2015/16 season at Arts Emerson in Boston!
April 27 - May 1 //
Tickets available here.

"Chibas portrays her childhood immersion in the mixed emotions of exile with impassioned and physically unstinting acting. We succumb to her magnetic force."
- The New Yorker

Shelter was recently awarded an
NEA Artworks Grant

Check out a DCR promo trailer : http://vimeo.com/102674330



Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution
Marissa Chibas appears in this PBS documentary and speaks about her father, Raul Chibas, who co-wrote the 1957 Manifesto fo the revolution with Fidel Castro and Felipe Pasos.



An original experimental Shakespearean-based audio journey for two female voices with original soundtrack by
John Slywka. With collaborator Michelle Shupe and guest artists Stephen Dillane, Julie Koidin, and Paul Richards.








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