Marissa has worked as an actor, singer, voice over artist and model across theatre, film, television, radio, print and commercials. Film and television highlights include the lead in the upcoming The Gift of Christmas featuring Academy Award Nominee Bruce Davison and Dee Wallace (E.T.), Paramount’s Not Fade Away directed by David Chase and starring James Gandolfini and CBS’s Without A Trace. Marissa first gained national attention singing on NBC’s legendary It’s Showtime at the Apollo as a child and was there discovered by Suzanne de Passe (Motown, The Jackson 5). More recently she has sung at NYC hot spots Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, Birdland Theatre and 54 Below. She was also recently seen on stage as the lead in the Off-Broadway staged reading of They Told Me To Use It at the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival. She has done voice over work for such widely known brands as McDonald's, Ford and JCPenney. Additionally, she has done commercial and print work for Belvedere, PepsiCo’s AMP Energy Drink, Girl Scout Cookies and Kentucky Fried Chicken.
In addition to her work as a performer, with her heart for telling stories that create positive change in our society, she has recently ventured into writing, directing and producing as well. Silk, which she co-wrote and is producing is directed by John Magaro (The Many Saints of Newark, The Umbrella Academy, Carol, The Big Short) and stars Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods, Much Ado About Nothing), Emily Althaus (Orange Is The New Black, The Handmaid’s Tale) and Crista Marie Jackson (The Greatest Showman). An advocate as well as an artist, Marissa is the founder of the nonprofit Healing TREE (Trauma Resources, Education & Empowerment) which is dedicated to transforming how society responds to abuse and interpersonal trauma as well as a national keynote speaker.
Marissa trained as an actor at the William Esper Studio under the renowned, late Bill Esper and as a singer with the acclaimed Seth Riggs, Liz Caplan and Mike Ruckles. She is based in New York City.