From New York to California, here is what everyone has to say:
"Marissa has been a wonderful addition to my theatre program. Her vibrant energy is unstoppable! Marissa comes to the theatre everyday full of sparkle and smiles. Her choreography is creative, unique and full of show stoppers! She is upbeat and inspiring with the actors. She is a little piece of New York City right here in the Bay Area." Sarah Hope - Founder and Director of Hope Musical Theatre
"You are so gifted at what you do! You're time management, way of focusing large groups, your eye for staging/choreography, and inspired creativity is unparalleled!" - Jessica Chesbro - Freelance Director & Friend.
"Marissa is truly phenomenal! She arranged and facilitated the most thoughtful, creative and truly unique birthday party for our 6 year old daughter. All of our daughter's friends had an absolute blast as they played fun theater games, learned a Broadway number from Annie (song and dance!) and performed for an audience of parents and siblings. We were blown away by the quality of the performance and what Marissa was able to teach the children over such a short period of time. For an incredibly special birthday experience, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend hiring Marissa to make your child's theater star dreams come true. In fact, we were so amazed by Marissa that we asked if she could give our children private singing/acting/dance lessons and they have been working with her ever since. In addition to being an absolute delight to have in our home, Marissa brings so much energy, talent, experience and patience to every single lesson. Our children have learned, progressed and grown as performers in ways we would never have thought possible over the course of a few months. We love Marissa and look forward to working with her for as long as she'll have us!" - Eva & Bryan Schreier - Woodside, CA
We love Marissa! She is the real deal; a professional triple threat. My daughter, has enjoyed taking dancing, triple threat (sing, dance, act) and Broadway master classes with Marissa and her amazing Broadway friends/stars. She has also been a huge help with auditions. Marissa is so kind and patient and full of joy. So glad we found her to help us through this path that may lead our daughter to Broadway one day. Kim (mom) & Haley (14) Ross, CA.
“Marissa has done so much for me I don’t even know where to start! I have gained so much in the short time we’ve been working together. Our private lessons allow me to progress so quickly and really boost my confidence. Marissa has also provided inspiring opportunities to meet and work with other industry professionals. I love Marissa!”- Giordana (16 yrs. old.) San Rafael, CA
“We are so lucky to have connected with Marissa! She is such a talented, genuine woman with a clear love of theater and she imparts that love and joy to all her students. She takes great care to teach not just skills, but also confidence and life-lessons. She is a true mentor and friend to those who are fortunate to work with her.” - Rochelle (Mom) San Rafael, CA
"Marissa is an outstanding teacher for performers who seek advanced training as a triple threat! Her private coaching in dance, acting songs and monologues, and auditioning techniques helped my daughter to be cast in shows and accepted to prestigious summer programs (OCU, CCM). Marissa combines high standards with a joy in performance that is contagious for her students!" - Barbara (mom) & Keira (Senior- University of Miami- Theatre) Bronxville, NY
"When my children were preschool and kindergarten age, they took a magical musical theater class with Marissa as the instructor. It was their first formal class on performing, and they loved it! They learned the fundamentals-and more importantly the joy of performing. It was a wonderful foundation for them. Since then, I am proud to say that over the years, Ellie and William have been seen on international and national Broadway tours, The Tony award winning Broadway revival of The King and I, network television shows, national commercials and even Carnegie Hall." (Mindy Poon- mom, Ellie & William) NYC
"When I first started class with Marissa, I hadn’t had much dance training and wasn’t a very confident dancer. She has taught me so much and now I feel much more comfortable. She gives each person a lot of individual attention and adapts the class to fit everyone’s skill level. She has taught me so much technique and has helped me grow so much as a dancer. I highly recommend her class!" Ula, Marin School of the Arts Student, CA
"We are so happy to have found Marissa! She is not only highly skilled and experienced in teaching Broadway-based performance arts, she is also a generous mentor. Her enthusiasm for musical theatre is felt by the students who have the good fortune to work with her. She has our highest recommendation!" Laura(Mom), Novato, CA
Thank you for creating such a unique Hamilton Birthday Party experience for the girls. Our friends think we set a new high bar here :-) Everyone and of course the girls loved it! Oh you could run a wonderful sumner camp in our area :-) our girls would love to join! Sukhveer (Parent) Redwood City, CA
"My daughter walked out of her first private acting lesson with Marissa and said, "I just learned more acting than I have in all my acting classes combined!" Marissa also coached her on how to connect with her audience while singing and Marissa's group dance classes were wonderful! My daughter learned so much and had a blast dancing Broadway numbers. Marissa is warm, enthusiastic and encouraging. We hope to work with her again as soon as she's back in town. She's a treasure!" -Lara (mom) & Marlowe (10yrs old) Palo Alto, CA
"Marissa provided my daughter with choreography which was challenging, beautiful and told the most lovely story! She pushed my child to grow as a dancer and artist while making the experience totally fun and unforgettable! We look forward to the opportunity of working with her again! -Erin (Mom) & Ruby (9 yrs old) Queens, NY
"After Devin's first lesson with Marissa, Devin who is very slow to warm up, did something I didn't expect in a million years- she wanted me to sign her up for more private acting lessons! Marissa is so warm, loving, nurturing and always upbeat and positive! She also gives great feedback on what to work on. Marissa is a great fit for sparking that something in Devin to help her emerge from her shyness. Devin just absolutely loves Marissa! She is an amazing teacher! -Cynthia (mom) & Devin (9 yrs old) Menlo Park, CA