Marissa Herrera began her professional career as an artist at the age of five, performing with the Ballet Folklorico de Aztlan Dance Company. She knew being a creative visionary was her future, as reflected in her feature interview on the PBS documentary, Art & the Mind: “I was born to dance . . . my calling is to create.” Marissa strives to use her creative work to empower individuals into sharing their stories and foster the next generation of creative visionaries connected by diversity, love, and creativity. As a visionary and leader in the arts and community, Marissa strives to create work that connects us all.
Marissa has been featured in a cover story of the NY Times, Vanity Fair, and Voyage L.A. in recognition for her leadership in creating content that reflects the American Latino experience and the value of representation, diversity, and inclusion across all media and artistic platforms. She was also recognized by the Ford Motor Company in their 2016 national campaign “Unstoppable: Latina on the Move.”
As a performer, Marissa’s feature credits have included Romeo & Juliet-Zoot Suit Style with Tony Plana’s East L.A. Classic Theatre; Selena Forever; Luis Avalos’ Paquitos’ Christmas; as Lupe Reyna in the 25th anniversary tour of Luis Valdez’ Zoot Suit, with El Teatro Campesino; as Anita in the Centennial of The Mission Play; and as the associate director/choreographer of the Tony Award winning musical, In The Heights, at The Lewis Family Playhouse and The Candlelight Pavilion. Her work at The Candlelight Pavilion won her the IETL Award for Best Choreography and the West Coast Regional Premiere at CASA0101. Select film and television credits have include: Something Lost, Rapunzel Jackson, Bones (FOX), and a principal dancing role in Sony Pictures’ You Got Served. Marissa has experienced a successful career dancing and choreographing for various artists in the music industry, including Grammy Award winning artist, Macy Gray, as choreographer and creative advisor.
In 2016, Marissa launched De Mi Alma Productions to share the stories of the American Latino experience by creating and producing original content for stage, TV, and film. She is the creator/executive producer of Two Feet In, an original series that is an official selection for the Omni Cultural TV Fest. She was a lead producer and content creator for TWEEN TV digital platform, which included the creation of the Tween TV Dance Crew. Her short film My L.A. was a finalist in the New Filmmakers LA: On Location What’s your L.A.? film project, and as the assistant director for the award-winning short film Me, Myself & Them, starring R&B sensation Tank. Marissa is an active member of NALIP and the National Hispanic Media Coalition Action Committee, where in 2018 she was one of only two Latina scene directors for the 2018 Latino Industry Scene Showcase.
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