Marrisa Ayala

Marrisa Ayala

Actor, Choreographer, Production Assistant and Dancer

Hartford, Connecticut

Member Since:
January 2016
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> 2 weeks ago
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About Marrisa

I began performing as a pre-teen and spent those early years on stage in musical theater productions and dance concerts all over the Central Coast of California. I attended Allan Hancock College and Santa Barbara City College, where I studied not only multiple styles of dance, but theater arts, acting and voice. In 1990, I graduated from Allan Hancock with an Associate of Arts degree in Dance.

From 1990-2005, I worked exclusively in the musical theater, stage, and drama fields as a professional actor, dancer/choreographer, musical theater performer, dance and drama instructor, and production assistant. I taught and worked at performing arts studios within California, Tennessee, Hawaii, Idaho, Connecticut, and Washington State. I also worked as a professional talent adjudicator for national competitions, most notably with the Showbiz National Talent Competition in Kansas City, MO and the Dance Masters of America Student Scholarship Competition in Santa Clara, CA. My work took me all over the United States and included many dance and theater companies and entertainment organizations.

Since 2005, I have moved into the areas of film and video, in addition to dance and theater, to broaden my experience and expertise in the entertainment industry. I have worked both in front of the camera and behind the scenes for various production companies around the United States. I continue to work as a performing arts instructor and am always available for work as an actor, dancer, and choreographer for film, video, and stage projects.

As an actor, I enjoy performing comedic and character roles, as I love to make people laugh as much as I love to laugh myself. As a dancer and choreographer, my specialties are jazz, tap, and musical theater dance.

My resume is also available on Actors Access and Casing Networks.

Meriden Raiders- Jazz, Assistant Cheer Coach
Motions Dance Studio- Tap
Treasure Valley Children's Theater- Drama
Ballet Idaho Academy- Ballet, Tap (Substitute)
CYT Spokane- Tap
YMCA Arts and Humanities- Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Drama (Performing Arts Program Developer)
Stock Center for the Performing Arts- Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Acting, Theater Programs Director
Studio of Performing Arts- Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Drama, Singing, Performing Company Director
Young Olympians- Jazz
Christy's Dance Connection- Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Musical Theater
Danceworks- Jazz (Substitute)
Robin R. Ayers Studio of Dance- Jazz, Tap, Ballet
Waianae District Park- Tap
Santa Maria Civic Ballet/ECD- Jazz, Tap, Ballet

Dance Masters of America 1994 Student Scholarship Competition - Santa Clara, CA
Clarksville High School Dance Team 1993 - Clarksville, TN
Miss. Clarksville High School 1993 Pageant - Clarksville, TN
Little Miss./Master Darling Pageant 1993 - Nashville, TN
Showbiz National Talent Competition 1993 - Kansas City, MO

Unique traits: I hold an Administrative Secretarial Diploma from Santa Barbara Business College and have a varied background in arts administration support for several entertainment organizations. I am also a published author for Ballet Hub.



  • Blue Like Jazz

    Blue Like Jazz
    Film by Ruckus Films/Steve Taylor Office Intern

  • Opry Mills Nashville Connection Concert Series

    Opry Mills Nashville Connection Concert Series
    Television by Mark Dreyer Productions Production Assistant

  • Jacks Urban Meeting Place (JUMP)

    Jacks Urban Meeting Place (JUMP)
    Industrial by Hiero Entertainment/Jesse Cordtz Production Assistant

  • Cracker Barrel

    Cracker Barrel
    Industrial by CBOCS, Inc./Rick Thomas Shopper

  • Commercial Shoot/Stadium Footage

    Commercial Shoot/Stadium Footage
    Vide by Pathos Media,/Luke Miller Sports Fan

  • Quirks

    Dance by JUMP/Illumibrate Soloist Tap Dancer

  • Bye, Bye Birdie

    Bye, Bye Birdie
    Theater by Studio Players Theater Mayor's Wife

  • Studio Drama Department Projects

    Studio Drama Department Projects
    Drama by Stock Center for the Performing Arts Director

  • Studio Performing Company

    Studio Performing Company
    Dance by Studio of Performing Arts Director/Choreographer

  • Wizard of Oz

    Wizard of Oz
    Theater by Studio of Performing Arts Production Assistant

  • Peter Pan

    Peter Pan
    Theater by Studio of Performing Arts Toy/ Dance Captain, Production Assistant

  • Ugly Bug Ball

    Ugly Bug Ball
    Theater by Studio of Performing Arts Production Assistant

  • Toys

    Theater by Campbell Prime Time Players Choreographer

  • Clarksville Broncos Cheerleaders

    Clarksville Broncos Cheerleaders

  • Storybook Theater for Children

    Storybook Theater for Children
    Theater by Campbell Prime Time Players Project Coordinator/ Choreographer

  • Golden Years of Rock and Roll

    Golden Years of Rock and Roll
    Theater by FORSCOM U.S Army Revue Choreographer

  • Company Team

    Company Team
    Dance by Christy's Dance Connection Competitive Dancer

  • Through the Years

    Through the Years
    Theater by Campbell Cabaret Company Soloist Musical Performer/ Co-Choreographer

  • Nunsense

    Theater by Campbell Prime Time Players Choreographer

  • Nickelodeon Girl

    Nickelodeon Girl
    Theater by SMC Theater Rosemary/Choreographer

  • Student Workshop

    Student Workshop
    Dance by Allan Hancock College Dance Dept. Choreographer

  • California Central Coast Dance Festival

    California Central Coast Dance Festival
    Dance Choreographer

  • The Nutcracker

    The Nutcracker
    Dance by Santa Maria Civic Ballet Chinese Tea, Flowers

  • Dimensions In Dance

    Dimensions In Dance
    Dance by Allan Hancock College Dance Dept. Cat/Street Girl

  • Dance Spectrum

    Dance Spectrum
    Dance by Allan Hancock College Dance Dept. Pink Lady

  • From Broadway to Hollywood

    From Broadway to Hollywood
    Dance by SLC Dance Featured


  • Auditioning for Film - Catrine McGregor, CSA

  • Meisner Technique - Actors Bridge, Nashville

  • Master Classes - Martha Graham School of Contmporary Dance, New York City

  • Associate of Arts, Dance - Allan Hancock College (Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Choreography Technique)

  • Acting, Scene Study, Singing - Santa Barbara City College

  • Acting, Improvisation, Pantomime, Singing - Allan Hancock College

  • Private Singing Instruction - Rosalee Cutler, Victoria Lowrie

  • Master Classes - Roland Dupree Dance Academy, Los Angeles

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