Marissa Ghavami (they/she) is an Iranian-American, queer artist, advocate and creator. Most recently on stage they starred as Irene in the U.S. Debut workshop production of Paco Bezerra’s international hit, two-hander play The Little Pony at the legendary Torn Page. Other recent credits include playing Khalilah, opposite Tony Winner KO (Karen Olivo), in a workshop of Siluetas, a new musical, directed by Pierre Jean Gonzalez and part of the Latiné Musical Theatre Lab’s 4xLatiné Off-Broadway. Marissa’s Film and Television highlights include starring in the feature film The Gift of Christmas, alongside Academy Award Nominee Bruce Davison, and roles in Paramount’s theatrically released feature film Not Fade Away, with Emmy Winner James Gandolfini, and on CBS’s Without A Trace; as well as singing on NBC’s It’s Showtime at the Apollo. Marissa has also sung at Birdland (alongside Academy Award Winner and Tony Nominee Ariana DeBose), Joe’s Pub (alongside Tony Nominee L Morgan Lee) and 54 Below.

Marissa co-produced the feature film Mass, written and directed by Fran Kranz, starring Emmy Winners Ann Dowd and Martha Plimpton, Tony Winner Reed Birney and Jason Isaacs. Mass premiered at Sundance, was acquired by Bleecker Street, had a theatrical release, won the Robert Altman Award, was a Gotham, Critics Choice and BAFTA nominee and is now streaming. They produced and co-wrote the short film Silk, directed by John Magaro (Past Lives, Carol, The Big Short), an Official Selection at the Academy Award Qualifying Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival, among others. Marissa is the Founding Executive + Artistic Director of the nonprofit Healing TREE (Trauma Resources, Education & Entertainment).