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Marissa Ghavami (they/she) is an Iranian-American, queer artist, advocate and creator based in New York City. Up next, they will be starring as Irene in the U.S. Debut workshop production of Paco Bezerra’s international hit play The Little Pony at Torn Page (located in the historic home of Rip Torn and Geraldine Page in the heart of Chelsea NYC) March 7-23 2024. On stage in 2023, they played Khalilah, opposite Tony Winner KO (Karen Olivo), in a workshop of Siluetas, a new musical, directed by Pierre Jean Gonzalez and part of the Latiné Musical Theatre Lab’s 4xLatiné Off-Broadway. In 2023, they also played Irene in the US premiere reading of The Little Pony at the Prelude Festival and Jessie in Divine Riot’s Cry It Out by Molly Smith Metzler.

Film and Television highlights include starring in the feature film The Gift of Christmas, alongside Academy Award Nominee Bruce Davison, and roles in Paramount’s theatrically released feature film Not Fade Away, with Emmy Winner James Gandolfini, and on CBS’s Without A Trace; as well as singing on NBC’s It’s Showtime at the Apollo. Marissa has also sung at Joe’s Pub (alongside Tony Nominee L Morgan Lee), Birdland (alongside Academy Award Winner and Tony Nominee Ariana DeBose) and 54 Below. Voiceover, Commercial and Print highlights include Audible, McDonald's, Ford, JCPenney, Belvedere, PepsiCo, Girl Scout Cookies and KFC.

Marissa co-produced the feature film Mass, by Fran Kranz, starring Ann Dowd, Martha Plimpton, Jason Isaacs and Reed Birney. Mass premiered at Sundance, was acquired by Bleecker Street, had a theatrical release, won the Robert Altman Award, was a Gotham, Critics Choice and BAFTA nominee and is now streaming. They produced and co-wrote the short film Silk, directed by John Magaro (Past Lives, Carol, The Big Short), an Official Selection at the Academy Award Qualifying Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival, among others.

Marissa is the Founding Executive + Artistic Director of the nonprofit Healing TREE (Trauma Resources, Education & Entertainment). They are a national public speaker, a healing trauma coach, specializing in working with artists, and a trauma consultant for productions. They are a Queer Writer Fellow at Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing and an Artists Striving To End Poverty (now Arts Ignite) Fellow and participant in the Artist As Citizen Conference at Juilliard. They are a Founding Company Member of Divine Riot, a new theatre and film company that defies convention.

Marissa trained as an actor at the William Esper Studio under the renowned, late Bill Esper. They took ongoing scene study classes with Karl Bury and Advanced On Camera with Bob Krakower. They trained as a singer with the acclaimed Seth Riggs, Liz Caplan, Mike Ruckles, and, currently, with Katy Pfaffl.

Marissa is deeply committed to nurturing their community of artists. They are a passionate advocate for healing trauma, human rights and representation in the entertainment industry. They are especially interested in developing new works and telling Middle Eastern and queer stories. Marissa is a member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA as well as PANO, Ring of Keys and The Players, where they serve on the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. They are enthusiastic about meditation, mindfulness, breathwork and neuroscience as well as fitness, veganism, reading, podcasts, live theatre, writing poetry and being a cat parent to their two rescue Bengal mixes, Sebastian and Viola. Marissa is always grateful to connect with likeminded creators. Instagram handles: @marissaghavami @healingtreeorg @adivineriot


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Paco Bezerra Makes U.S. Debut with THE LITTLE PONY at Torn Page Next Month

The Little Pony by Spanish playwright Paco Bezerra is set to make its U.S. debut in a workshop production that also marks Bezerra’s American debut.
Ali Ewoldt, Will Brill & More Will Take Part in Healing TREE Gala

Healing TREE (Trauma Resources, Education & Entertainment) is hosting their annual, star-studded Gala for the second year in a row in New York City (as well as live-streamed online) on Saturday, September 9th.
DominiRican Productions Partners With The Latiné Musical Theater Lab For 4xLatiné 2023

DominiRican Productions, an award-winning BIPOC + LGBT-owned production company will partner with The Latiné Musical Theater Lab to present the second edition of 4xLatiné of 2023!
Photos: Penny Arcade's LONGING LASTS LONGER Opens At The Players Club

On Thursday, April 27th White Horse Theater Company in association with Salt Pillar Productions presented the legendary Penny Arcade and her show Longing Lasts Longer at the prestigious private members club, The Players NYC (16 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY 10003). The piece was written, conceived, and performed by Arcade, with design and direction by Steve Zehentner. See photos from the evening.
Segal Theatre Announces Spring 2023 Line Up

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center will host live events and Segal Talks, comprised of conversations, readings, workshops, screenings, and book talks with and by New York and global theatre artists this March through June. After two and a half years of hibernation, The Graduate Center CUNY has finally reopened for public events
Liz Callaway, SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED & More at Feinstein's/54 Below This Week

This week, FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club & Private Event Destination, will present some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond.
FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW to Host Celebration Concert in Honor of Elton John's 75th Birthday

FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, will present Elton John’s 75th Birthday Celebration Concert on March 23, 2022. Artists across New York come together to celebrate Sir Elton John’s 75th birthday at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Elton John’s music and flair have influenced generations of artists on the charts and onstage since the ‘70s. Featuring music from his prolific career as a pop/rock star and a Broadway composer of shows like Aida, Billy Elliot, and Disney’s The Lion King, performed by a cast of all-star artists who love him. Conceived by Sandy Sahar Gooen, a multidisciplinary artist and lifelong Elton John nerd.
Amy Spanger, Lee Roy Reams, 54 SINGS SARA BAREILLES and More Coming Up This Month At Feinstein's/54 Below

Next month, FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond.
Sandy Sahar Gooen, Shereen Pimentel & More to be Featured in Elton John Tribute at Feinstein's/54 Below

FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, will present Elton John’s 75th Birthday Celebration Concert on March 23, 2022. Artists across New York come together to celebrate Sir Elton John’s 75th birthday at Feinstein’s/54 Below
Photos: Inside The NYC Premiere Of KILLIAN & THE COMEBACK KIDS

The NYC premiere of the new music film Killian & the Comeback Kids from writer/director Taylor A. Purdee.
Winner of LA's Next Great Stage Star Contest Announced

Sterling's Upstairs at Vitello's in Studio City, CA - which presented its first talent search entitled LA's Next Great Stage Star November 20 through December 12, 2006 - is pleased to announce that after over a hundred submissions and auditions to become one of 17 contestants in what will become an annual talent competition, Merissa Haddad was voted LA's Next Great Stage Star

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