Acting first found Marissa at the age of 11 when a school play casted her as an unlikely Prince Charming. After deciding to take it a little more seriously, Marissa auditioned to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts where she received a Classical Training and a Degree in Fine Arts. Since graduating, she has been involved in numerous projects such as YOU, a film about a lesbian photographer facing the difficulty of coming out; MATTHEW, where she plays a pregnant teen struggling to find support from her family to get an abortion; You can also see her on Amazon Prime in the award winning film IRRESPONSIBLE, playing the role of Bianca, an opinionated pop star who is forced to get real.
Marissa has continued her training at the Craig Archibald Studio where she studies under Mr. Archibald, taking scene study and audition technique. She has also taken Stanislavski with Robert Lee, as well as the Meisner technique with David Bottrell, Improv with Jack Yang, and Auditioning for Commercials at the Coach Mike Studio. Marissa is also vocally trained by Joy Fields using the Seth Riggs Method.
Between projects, Marissa makes a living doing portrait and headshot photography. But you can catch Marissa at the beach with a surfboard or playing guitar and writing music. She also enjoys playing volleyball, horseback riding through pineapple fields, scuba diving off her home island of Maui, and traveling. Marissa is all for a road trip, but her favorite adventures so far have taken her to Europe where she spent time hiking in the French Countryside and practicing her Spanish in the streets of Madrid.
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