Marissa is on the artistic leadership staff at KCRep with some of her other favorite KC Jews! You may have caught her 2016 production of The Diary of Anne Frank at KCRep, where she had Jews and Gentiles weeping together under one roof.
In her three-year tenue as Director of New Works/Artistic Associate at Kansas City Rep, Marissa launched OriginKC, a hotbed for powerful new plays. In the OriginKC: New Works Festival, Marissa directed the world premieres of Man in Love by Christina Anderson, and Fire in Dreamland by Rinne Groff, which she’ll direct at The Public Theatre in Summer 2018.
Marissa previously served as the Artistic Director of Crowded Fire Theater in San Francisco for six season, where she developed and produced work by a vanguard of top emerging playwrights. Other directing credits include Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, SF Playhouse, Shotgun Players, Cutting Ball Theatre, The Magic Theatre, and Berkeley Playhouse.
Marissa was nominated Best Director by Broadway World San Francisco and the Bay Area Critics Circle Award. Marissa previously held the Bret C. Harte Directing Internship at Berkeley Repertory Theatre for two years.
Marissa has her degree in drama from Vassar College, and received additional training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.