Marissa Osato

Biography

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. Marissa is the co-founder/co-artistic director of Entity Contemporary Dance, an LA-based dance company rooted in a fusion of urban and classical dance techniques that has taught workshops and performed original repertory in the U.S. and Asia. Marissa 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, Marissa has performed on television shows such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show and FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance and has worked with recording artists such as Imagine Dragons, Coldplay, Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Deborah Cox and Jordin Sparks. Marissa 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 street dance techniques, Marissa’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, Marissa and co-director, Will Johnston, will be premiering their new evening length work, Transparent/see, for Entity Contemporary Dance March 16th, 2019 in Los Angeles. Also, as a winner of Joffrey’s 9th Annual Winning Works Choreographic Competition, Marissa will create a new work on the Joffrey Studio Company and Joffrey Academy Trainees that will premiere at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s Edlis Neeson Theater March 9th, 2019.

  • Imagine Dragons - "Bad Liar" Official Music Video

    Choreographer
  • Joffrey Ballet | Choreographer Marissa Osato | Winning Works 2019

    Choreographer
  • "bad woman" - Karen Chuang + Marissa Osato

    Co-Choreographer
  • Capezio A.C.E. Awards 2017 Winner - “PEEL”

    Co-Choreographer
  • “The Spectacular Society” trailer

    Director/Choreographer
  • "Centre-left" - CalArts 2017

    Choreographer
  • Trouble - Halsey / Marissa Osato Choreography / URBAN DANCE CAMP

    Choreographer
  • “Let It Go” James Bay concept video

    Choreographer
  • "GAMAN" - a film by Marissa Osato & Camille Laut

    Director/Co-Choreographer
  • "[a]drift"

    Director/Choreographer