Marisa was born and raised in Mississauga, Ontario where she recognized her talents as a performer at a young age. She started training in various dance disciplines at just four years old, obtaining certifications from the Cecchetti Association, R.A.D., and C.D.T.A. Marisa also studied piano and vocal lessons shortly thereafter, knowing that these talents would advance her career someday. She furthered her dance training at Cawthra Park Secondary School in the Regional Arts Program for Dance, and also earned her Grade 8 RCM certifications in Voice and Piano. In 2008 she graduated from Ryerson University’s Theatre Dance Program under the direction of Nadia Potts, obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with Honours. Upon graduating, Marisa set off to sail the high seas with Disney Cruise Line as Dance Captain, making magic and sharing the stage with some of the most famous Disney characters! Back on land, Marisa has had the opportunity to perform for a number of professional theatre companies all across Canada, including: Ross Petty Productions (Elgin Theatre), Drayton Entertainment, Stage West (Mississauga and Calgary), Rose Theatre, and Theatre Aquarius. She has also taken on the role of Associate choreographer for Drayton Entertainment, and Assistant to the Director at Stage West.
Marisa has competed throughout Canada and the United States and won numerous scholarships and awards. She is a proud member of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association as well as the Professional Adjudicators Alliance. She is also a guest teacher for the Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association and has the privilege to guest choreograph for Cawthra Park and other dance studios throughout the GTA. Marisa is an active member of Mississauga’s Arts Scene as a dancer, musician, and singer, most recently being the recipient of the Theatre Dance Award from Ryerson University in 2006.