EVERY STORY MATTERS: YOUR VOICE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
You need not look far to find a socially relevant story to tell. Often, the most compelling stories we share come from our own lives, and our experiences reveal a great deal about the state of our world. Playwright, Marisa Marquez has channeled her own experiences into her latest play, Ms. Oriental. Featured on NBC News for its social impact and for exploring how racism and misogyny affects Asian-American women, Ms. Marquez explores how change can happen, one play at time. Her workshop guides students to unlock their own experiences and translate them into stories that only they have the power to tell.
Marisa Marquez is a writer/actor. As a writer, the last production of her play GATED was nominated for five Midtown International Theater Awards and her play Sampaguita, featured during Immigration History Week and the inaugural Asian American Theater Festival, earned her the honor of being named one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the U.S. in 2007. Marquez also developed GOOD girl with DiverseCity Theatre, Plunge with AimHigh Productions and is a founding member of the Leviathan Lab’s Asian American Women’s Writers Group where she developed numerous plays. With fellow member Siho Ellsmore, they created YBW Production where they developed Yellow Brick Wall: Angry White Played by 2 Happy Asian Girls and A Fallopian Fairy Tale. Both plays were featured in The Best of Fringe publications. As an actor she has starred in commercials for Google and USA Network, on stage as Virgie in the Alaskan premiere of Ralph B. Pena’s (Artistic Director Ma-Yi Theater Company) Flipzoids and originated the role of Fuegia in Emmy Award winning writer Luis Santiero’s Land of Fire and played Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (MoonBeam Productions). She received training at the British American Drama Academy and graduated with a double major in Theatre and Politics from Fairfield University.