Los Angeles-based movement artist exploring human interest stories through a visceral contemporary dance language


A Los Angeles native, Marissa Osato creates emotionally-driven, embodied narratives through a sociocultural lens and finds cross-cultural universality within shared experiences. Using a hybrid language of contemporary and street dance techniques, Marissa’s choreography mixes dynamic, virtuosic movement with intricate, precise gestures and rhythms. Marissa graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of California, Irvine with a B.A. in Dance and B.A. in Literary Journalism and recently received an M.F.A. in Choreography from California Institute of the Arts. She is the co-founder/co-artistic director of the Los Angeles-based professional contemporary dance company, Entity Contemporary Dance, which has performed across the U.S. and Asia. As a dancer, 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 musical artists such as Coldplay, Rihanna, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan and Charice. A passionate educator, Marissa has set choreography on over 40 studios and colleges across the U.S., and has taught master classes in Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, Canada, and Guam. Currently, Marissa is pursuing her M.F.A. at CalArts, teaching at EDGE Performing Arts Center in Hollywood, co-directing Entity Contemporary Dance, and touring with the national convention, West Coast Dance Explosion.