Doing art gives me the space to EVOLVE and evolve quickly. Since I find acting to be an inherently deep and empathic exercise, it offers me an accelerated opportunity to know myself more fully through another character’s story and to grow with understanding, respect and hopefully compassion for the world around me.
I want to create and tell stories that invite others to evolve as well. And evolve with some aspect of PLEASURE in it.
At our core we aren’t the limited beings we think or others think we are. We are UNDENIABLE creative forces that are meant to expand and express. We are dynamic beings that are meant to realize and reveal our radiance and EXQUISITE GRACE.
If the world doesn’t have a large enough vision for you, you must create that vision for yourself. If you don’t, the rare GIFTS that only you have will remain forever dormant and never truly be realized.
When I’m asked what I want to do with my life? I want to realize myself in the fullest most expansive way possible. I want to feel LIMITLESS internally. I want to feel, even in the face of the hardest most painful life challenges…FREE
Marilee is an award winning actor, writer, director, motivational speaker and creator of new work. She has an M.F.A. in Acting from the prestigious American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) and has been working professionally in theater for over 2 decades. Her original stage works have been seen all over the U.S. and internationally, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Her breakout TV role was as Annie Barth on "NCIS" 350th anniversary episode after which she booked 4 more network Guest Stars back to back.
In the past decade and half she has originated over 80 characters including lead roles in world premieres by Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket) and Lauren Gunderson (most produced playwright in the US, 2019). And has worked with Broadway directors on Tony Award winning stages. In 2017 she wrote, directed, produced and starred in her film "Sisterly Love" which was nominated for both best picture and best actor. And in 2019, she created her first Solo Film (wrote, directed, acted, shot, edited…all of it) which has been touring the festival circuit since. Marilee is an activist and advocate for Performers with Disabilities and has created a new pedagogy specifically designed for blind and low vision actors, which she teaches around the country.
She also played competitive basketball in her youth and was a California State Regional All-Star. She played point-guard.