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Marissa Joyce Stamps is a Haitian-American NYC-based writer, director, and actor who creates vortexes that center, celebrate and amplify Black folks through an Afrosurrealist lens. Recent plays include You Can Tell from the Twisted Juniper (2022 Eugene O'Neill NPC Finalist; Chautauqua Theatre Company‘s 2021 New Play Workshop; The Workshop Theater's Fall 2020 Writers Intensive), Blue Fire Burns the Hottest (Exponential Festival 2022; The Orchard Project’s 2021 Performance Lab), deadbodydeadbodydeadbody (Ars Nova ANT Fest 2022), Letiche and The Wondrous Pursuit of Elvis (Bushwick Starr Reading Series 2023), Being Up in Here and All the Other Businesses that Don't Concern You (The Brick Aux 2022), and Techno Paper Planes (Moxie Arts Moxie Commission 20/21). She is also a frequent collaborator of The 24 Hour Plays.
Marissa has also collaborated with The National Black Theatre, The Public, The Fire This Time Festival, Conch Shell Productions, The Anthropologists, Dixon Place, Irondale, New Ohio Theatre, Keen Company, The Wild Project, Playwrights Downtown, BUFU, and more. Marissa is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild.
Marissa serves as The Workshop Theater's Literary Manager. She also teaches English and is currently studying MFA Playwriting at Brooklyn College with Haruna Lee and Dennis A. Allen II, where she was a Rona Jaffe Foundation 2021-2022 Fellow. She is also an NYU alum in BFA Drama and BA Journalism.
Marissa also really likes Kendrick Lamar, dark chocolate, hiking, and watching the sunset at Rockaway Beach.