Unapologetically present. Undeniably powerful. Uniquely perfect. Unbridled play.
UP is a collection of bold artists driven by artistic inspiration and creative need. We Strive to reinvest meaning into movement and truth into storytelling. Producing content in both film and theater, UP celebrates difference, revels in the purity of the moment, and believes in the transformative power of story.
Founder. Filmmaker. Actress. Stuntwoman. Dancer.
Over the years, Marissa performed as a principle dancer across the United States, Canada, Japan, Ireland, Portugal, Russia, China, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Australia, and England. She danced with Pacific Coast Ballet, Inland Pacific Ballet, John Pennington and the famed LA Philharmonic, Oni Dance, Rosanna Gamson Worldwide, Company of Strangers, Heidi Duckler Dance, and Jacob Jonas: The Company. As a commercial dancer, Marissa's credits include: Tina Turner, Christina Aguilera, LL Cool J, Nike, iPod/Apple, Coca-Cola,“The Drew Carey Show,” “Fresh Beat Band,” “Shake It Up,” House Bunny, Bratz, and the Oscar-award winning film LA LA LAND. As a stuntwoman, Marissa has worked on TV shows including “School of Rock,” “Stuck in the Middle,”and “Game Shakers,” as well as films including Raze, Act Of Valor, Colombiana, Logan, and Birds of Prey, premiering February 2020.
Marissa is also recognized as a creative entrepreneur. Inspired by break dancing’s pursuit of individuality, Marissa directed the performance group ONE STEP AHEAD (OSA). Established as a youth advocate organization, OSA became recognized as a prominent physical theater company from 2011-2014. The experience of spearheading OSA combined with her increasingly active career in filmmaker led Marissa to found UP Productionz. This venture strives to reinvest meaning and truth into storytelling by celebrating difference and reveling in the purity of the moment.