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BIO

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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/New Dramatists Residency, a member of Clubbed Thumb's 2023-2024 Early-Career Writers Group, a member of EST/Youngblood, a New Georges Affiliate Artist, was named a Finalist for The National Black Theatre's 2023 I AM SOUL Playwrights Residency, and was a Mercury Store Fall 2023 Lead Artist. 

Recent plays: Being Up in Here and All the Other Businesses that Don't Concern You OR When You See a Buncha Black People Running, What Do You Do? (Exponential Festival 2024, Brick Aux 2022), Letiche and The [Wondrous] Pursuit of Elvis (2024 O'Neill NPC Finalist, National Black Theatre Special Project 2024, Bushwick Starr Reading Series 2023), 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), and Techno Paper Planes (Moxie Arts Commission 20/21). 

Marissa has also collaborated with The Public Theater, 24 Hour Plays, The 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 Literary Manager at The Workshop Theater, Co-Resident Dramaturg at Conch Shell Productions, and has taught at Brooklyn College. She graduated with her MFA in Playwriting from Brooklyn College, studying under haruna lee Dennis A. Allen II, and Elana Greenfield. 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.

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