Marissa Osato


A Los Angeles native, Marissa Osato is a choreographer, director, and educator who creates emotionally-driven, embodied narratives to find cross-cultural universality within shared experiences. Osato is the co-founder/co-artistic director of Entity Contemporary Dance, an LA-based dance company rooted in a fusion of contemporary and urban dance techniques that has taught workshops and performed original repertory in the U.S. and Asia. Osato earned an MFA in Choreography from California Institute of the Arts, and a BA in Dance and BA in Literary Journalism from the University of California, Irvine. As a dancer and choreographer, Osato has worked with recording artists such as Imagine Dragons, Coldplay, Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Deborah Cox and Jordin Sparks. Osato has taught contemporary dance master classes at and set choreography on over 50 studios and colleges across the U.S. as well as in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Guam, and South America. Drawing from contemporary, jazz, modern, and hip hop dance techniques, Osato’s movement language is grounded, quick, and intricate, mixing both quiet and explosive gestures. Her work exhibits a sense of groundedness and abandon, of rhythm and dynamism, of stillness and intimacy. As the 2017 Capezio A.C.E. Awards winners, Osato and co-director, Will Johnston, recently premiered Entity Contemporary Dance’s newest evening length work, “Transparent/see,” in Los Angeles. As a 2019 winner of The Joffrey Ballet’s 9th Annual Winning Works Choreographic Competition, Osato recently premiered a new work, “GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT,” with the Joffrey Studio Company and Joffrey Academy Trainees at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s Edlis Neeson Theater. Most recently, Osato was selected for USC Kaufman’s New Movement Residency which will take place in June 2019. Osato is currently on faculty at EDGE Performing Arts Center in Hollywood, the national touring convention West Coast Dance Explosion, and Glendale College.

  • Joffrey Ballet Winning Works Choreographer 2019

  • Capezio ACE Awards Winner 2017

  • CalArts MFA Thesis work “The Spectacular Society” 2018

  • Urban Dance Camp workshop “Trouble"

  • EDGE PAC class “Thingamajig"

  • EDGE PAC class “Remember”