Born and raised in Chicago, IL with family roots in Los Angeles, CA and Manila, Philippines, she has appeared in many commercials, a role on CBS' FBI and as Mrs. Patoc in the NETFLIX action-comedy THE SLEEPOVER, with Malin Akerman, Ken Marino and Joe Manganiello.  She recently filmed a fun role in a feature film, to be released in 2021.

Very much that music theater kid growing up, she studied Mathematics at NYU while auditing acting classes at Tisch.  After graduating, she helped build the North American branch of a global environmental NGO while undergoing her professional acting training with Terry Knickerbocker at the William Esper Studio, where she also studied with the legendary Bill Esper in his Master Acting Class.  


Having also trained with respected acting teacher Anthony Abeson and LA coach Joseph Pearlman, she has since earned numerous roles in film & TV, such as the award-winning independent feature IN A NEW YORK MINUTE with Ludi Lin, Celia Au and Pei-Pei Cheng.  She has also enjoyed the stage, having originated a role in the play FALSE STARS, which the NY Times called "packed with young talent"; as well as performing in theater productions with Columbia University's MFA Directors under the supervision of Anne Bogart and Brian Kulick.  

She continues to actively audition and train with NYC acting coach Heidi Marshall remotely, while staying indoors and watching a LOT of movies, shows & online plays... suggestions welcome! 

Things People Say About Marissa:

"Good looking people who are also very silly are my favorites." - a very funny guy

"...a beautifully resonant voice, exudes authority and femininity." - a very British guy

"... [has] a weird talent for saying the most horrible things in the nicest way possible.  I'm writing more lines for [her]." - a very talented playwright