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 an actor, dancer/choreographer, musical theater performer, dance and drama instructor, and production assistant. I also worked as a talent adjudicator for national competitions. My work took me all over the United States and included numerous performing arts studios, 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.
View my full resume at www.exploretalent.com/marrisaayala. My resume is also available on Actors Access and Casing Networks.
Unique traits: I hold an Administrative Secretarial Diploma from Santa Barbara Business College and have a vast background in clerical support for many arts and entertainment organizations. I am also a published author for Ballet Hub.
Commercial Shoot/Stadium Footage
Vide by Pathos Media,/Luke Miller Sports Fan
Jacks Urban Meeting Place (JUMP)
Industrial by Hiero Entertainment/Jesse Cordtz Production Assistant
Industrial by CBOCS, Inc./Rick Thomas Shopper
Blue Like Jazz
Film by Ruckus Films/Steve Taylor Office Intern
Opry Mills Nashville Connection Concert Series
Television by Mark Dreyer Productions Production Assistant
Auditioning for Film - Catrine McGregor, CSA
Meisner Technique - Vali Forrister, Actors Bridge