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Recent Productions

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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. 

Marisa also continues to advocate for not only the necessary uplift, but the celebration of LGTBQIA+ and BIPOC/Global Majority stories/storytellers.

 

SURVIVING THE ROSENTHALS with NEW YORK THEATRE FESTIVAL

Marisa just finished playing Bev/Brenda in Arnie Roman's new musical Surviving the Rosenthals, directed by Andrea Andresakis. The new musical had a sold-out run May 3rd, 4th and 7th, 2022, at Teatro Latea as part of NY Theatre Festival's Spring/Summer Fest.

 

"Twenty-eight-year-old Sammy Rosenthal is living in New York and lost in his life. Until he meets the one person who could change everything. Himself."

 

Click here to go to the show's website!

 

 

ISLE OF NOISES with EMIT THEATRE

Marisa is a company member with Emit Theatre, and continues to work/perform with them! She just finished playing Ferdinand/Sebastian/Stephano in Emit Theatre's virtual ASL interpreted production of Isle of Noises, a short episodic adaption of William Shakespeare's The Tempest. The 3-episode arc ran in April and is available to watch virtually on Emit Theatre's website.

Click here to watch Isle of Noises on Youtube!

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