Marisol Rosa-Shapiro // Marisol Soledad // Marisol is a theater artist, educator, and group facilitator working in NYC and Seattle, WA. She endeavors to cultivate empathy, thoughtfulness, playfulness, awareness, listening, and community in every room she enters.
She is an actress, director, mover, shaker, mime, clown, collaborator, producer, world traveller, teaching artist, lover of love, fighter for justice, and creator of theatrical space.
Marisol is a graduate of Princeton University and
of Giovanni Fusetti's Helikos: Scuola Internazionale di Creazione Teatrale in Florence, Italy, where her studies were based on the pedagogy of Jacques Lecoq.
Marisol's red nose clown solo show, Here At Home, premiered in the storefront art gallery of a tattoo parlor in Philadelphia during the 2015 Fringe Arts Festival, and has since played in the New York International Clown Theater Festival at The Brick in Brooklyn; the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's Women's Solo Theater Festival; at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA; at Feast Arts Center in Tacoma, WA and at 18th & Union Arts Space in Seattle.
She conceived, and is currently directing and co-creating In SEAtu: Seattle a series of four short, satirical works in the grotesque bouffon style, each of which uncovers the complex history of one of four Seattle icons: Rain & Coffee & Salmon & Weed. This work has been supported by a City Artist grant from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.
Marisol’s New York-based theater company, Soledad Ensemble, is currently developing The Seven Ravens Project, which weaves together a little-known Grimm Brothers tale and the epic journeys of contemporary child migrants and refugees across the world. The Seven Ravens Project has been developed in residence at the New Victory Theater’s LabWorks program (2018), and received a Travel Grant from the Network of Ensemble Theaters to support a week-long residency at Barn Arts Collective in Bass Harbor, Maine. The project has also been developed at Drop Forge &Tool Creative Residency in Hudson, NY, and has presented excerpts at Hunter College Campus Schools and at the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s Immigrant Arts Summit.
Marisol's recent performance work includes Barn Arts Collective’s four-actor Twelfth Night, in which she played Viola, Sebastian and Maria, in a bilingual performance; Convergences Theatre Collective’s movement-, dance- and acrobatics-based Babel; Spellbound Theatre’s Wink for the very young and The Last Coin, a storytelling show for youth; and The People with American Bard Theater Company, in which she had the pleasure of playing an old-timey anarchist.
Marisol served for three summers as a managing board member and Artistic Director of Princeton Summer Theater. She was a directing and producing assistant at McCarter Theatre Center where she directed an original, student-written play for the Youth Ink! Playwrights Festival; served as the Assistant Director to Daniel Fish, Emily Mann, and Mary Zimmerman; and enjoyed the mentorship of former McCarter Producing Director Mara Isaacs (Octopus Theatricals). She has also been an assistant director at Yale Rep and at Signature Theater (NYC).
Marisol has been awarded several creative residencies at Drop Forge & Tool in Hudson, NY, and is a member of DF&T's inaugural Z-Forge theater devisers team, which brings together theater makers from the East and West coasts to collaborate over a long weekend once a year over a series of summers.
She has served as a teaching artist with the New Victory Theater, Tectonic Theater Project, TADA! Youth Theater, At The Well Young Women's Leadership Academy, LeAp NYC, Phillips Academy Andover, Seeds of Peace Summer Camp Educators Program, Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Sitka, Alaska, Seattle Children's Theater, Seattle Rep, ArtsCorps, Triangle Associates, The 5th Avenue Theatre, and Village Theater in Everett, WA.
Marisol also employs creation, play and art-making in group facilitation processes for youth and adults across a range of professional contexts. With her partner, ceramic artist George Rodriguez, Marisol most recently served as a co-facilitator for arts-based engagement activities surrounding a city-funded feasibility study on the creation of a new Latinx art space in the Seattle area. She has also offered professional development classes for educators and professionals through Princeton University, The New Victory Theater, and the Seattle Children’s Theater.
Marisol is a proud volunteer performer and teacher for Clowns Without Borders, with whom she has facilitated one project with migrants in Tijuana, Mexico, and two projects working with unaccompanied Central American minors being detained in San Antonio, Texas.