Marissa Osato Moreno

Marissa Osato Moreno

Full-time Faculty
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A Los Angeles native, Marissa Osato Moreno 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 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 worked with recording artists Imagine Dragons, Coldplay, Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Patti LaBelle, Jordin Sparks, and Chaka Khan. Marissa has taught and set choreography at over 50 studios and colleges across the U.S. and has held master classes in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Guam, and South America. In 2019, Marissa was selected for the Joffrey Ballet’s Winning Works choreographic residency and the USC Kaufman New Movement Residency.