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Marisa was born a multicultural fish-out-of-water in the suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio. Having graduated cum laude from NYU Tisch's New Studio on Broadway (BFA in Drama: Musical Theatre), she now works as a professional artist and teacher. 


Marisa employs her empathic nature as her greatest strength, which allows to her to find rich, layered and intense emotional depth with every character or movement she discovers. Her Scorpio sun makes her not afraid of anything--especially to be silly or ugly. 

As a mixed ethnicity, bisexual, and complex woman, Marisa continues to advocate for not only the necessary uplift, but the celebration of LGTBQIA+ and BIPOC/Global Majority stories/storytellers.


TWELFTH NIGHT with EMIT THEATRE starting November 13th, 2022

Marisa will be acting in an immersive/interactive retelling of Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, directed by Victoria Giambalvo. This production explores the gender roles and challenges the binary, where the land of Illyria presents distinct gender roles that everyone "must" follow. Marisa is a company member with Emit Theatre, and continues to work/perform with them! 

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Marisa LaRuffa is an NYC-based Italian-Filipina-Spanish-German actor, singer, dancer and devisor. 

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