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Marissa Joyce Stamps is a Black, Haitian-American NYC-born and based writer, director, actor, and educator who creates vortexes that center, celebrate and amplify Black folks through an Afrosurrealist lens. She is the recipient of the 2023 Princess Grace Playwriting Award, was named a Finalist for The National Black Theatre's 2023 I AM SOUL Playwrights Residency, and is a Fall 2023 Lead Artist at The Mercury Store. Recent plays: You Can Tell from the Twisted Juniper (2022 O'Neill NPC Finalist; Chautauqua Theater Company's 2021 New Play Workshop; The Workshop Theater's Fall 2020 Intensive), Blue Fire Burns the Hottest (Exponential Festival 2022; 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 OR If You See a Buncha Black People Running, What Do You Do? (Exponential Festival 2024, Brick Aux 2022), and Techno Paper Planes (Moxie Arts Commission 20/21). She is also a frequent collaborator of The 24 Hour Plays and is a New Georges Affiliate Artist.
Marissa has also collaborated with The Public Theater, Fire This Time Festival, Conch Shell Productions, Dixon Place, Irondale, The Anthropologists, New Ohio Theatre, Keen Company, Wild Project, BUFU, and more. She is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild and Playwrights’ Center. Marissa serves as The Workshop Theater's Literary Manager and also teaches in Brooklyn College's English Department. She graduated with her MFA in Playwriting from Brooklyn College, studying under haruna lee and Dennis A. Allen II. She also earned her BFA in Drama and BA in Journalism from NYU. marissajoycestamps.com @marissajoycestamps
Marissa also really likes Kendrick Lamar, dark chocolate, hiking, bodies of water, spaghetti westerns, and watching the sunset at Rockaway Beach. She will own a cacao farm one day.