Marina Michelson is director, writer, actor and producer originally from Tel Aviv, born to Soviet émigrés from the Republics of Georgia and Moldova. Her work explores identity and power dynamics through the day-to-day lived experiences of women, as well as her upbringing as a third culture kid.

Her background includes extensive study with the Atlantic Theater Company, Steppenwolf Theater, Lee Strasberg Studio, and a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is adept at collaborating with actors and holding space in a way that allows for rich, grounded performances. As a filmmaker, she has a knack for textured, immersive world-building. Her work in indie film and theater has yielded favorite acting credits such as the lead role in the film Should’ve Kissed, which premiered as the opening selection of the Jeonju International Film Festival, and the lead in Amy Herzog’s After The Revolution at the Chance Theater, praised by the LA Times as full of “grace and grit.” She can also be seen on Muppets Now on Disney+ in a head to head meatball cooking competition with the Swedish Chef (she won.)

Her short film, Biophilia premiered at the 2018 Brooklyn Film Festival where it garnered the Outstanding Achievement Award for Best Screenplay, and her newest short, Stagiaire, premiered at the 2021 Maryland Film Festival. Previous work includes the shorts face time, shot entirely over video chat, and Eureka! which premiered on Indieflix on Amazon Video. She was selected as a 2019 artist-in-residence at the Wurlitzer Foundation in New Mexico. She is a Top 50 Nicholl Fellowship semi-finalist with her screenplay Anoushka, a coming-of-age fantasy film set in 1970s Soviet Union, as well as a Humanitas New Voices Fellowship semi-finalist. She is the recipient of the Jewish Writers’ Initiative fellowship for her series, Vagabond Stars, about a traveling Yiddish Theater Group in 1930s Eastern Europe, and an Almanack Screenwriters Colony fellow.