Marissa Perry is best known, so far, for playing the most fearless underdog Broadway has ever seen, Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray. She was most recently seen as part of the elite ensemble of fierce, high belting women in the original cast of Sister Act on Broadway, where she also understudied the role of Sister Mary Patrick. Marissa is an IRNE and JEFF Award nominee. Other credits include Kit in Princesses (World Premiere and Pre-Broadway),Suzy in The Marvelous Wonderettes (Seven Angels Theatre), Anabel Glick in Lucky Stiff (Laguna Playhouse),Toby in Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (LaJolla Playhouse), Ellen in Sounds Like Love (Lincoln Center) and Trudy in Empire (Workshop – Director Matt Lenz). She recently wrapped on a brand new Soap Opera Web Series, premiering on Hulu called Tainted Dreams, playing the role of Belinda. Marissa is currently playing Maria in My Big Gay Italian Wedding (Off Broadway) AND Maria, 10 years later, in My Big Gay Italian Funeral (Off Broadway). Her passion is teaching and passing on her knowledge to other “musical theater kids”. Marissa travels around the country teaching MANY different kinds of masterclasses, including her famously sought after “Chill And Chat” experience. She is also a crusader for healthy body image and positive self esteem for young people. She is currently studying for her Certificate from the American Council on Exercise in Group Fitness and also studying for her certification from The Global Sciences Foundation as a Law Of Attraction Basic Practitioner. Marissa dedicates all of her work to her family and to every small town kid with big city dreams.