Marina Michelson is an Israeli-American director, actor, and writer focused on dark, visceral stories about the female experience that tow the line between beautiful and grotesque.

Her extensive acting background includes study with the Atlantic Theater Company, Steppenwolf, 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. 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.”

As a filmmaker she has a strong sensual style with a flair for textured, immersive worlds. Her recent short film, Biophilia premiered at the 2018 Brooklyn Film Festival where it garnered the Outstanding Achievement Award for Best Screenplay. Previous work includes the shorts face time, shot entirely over video chat, and Eureka! which premiered on Indieflix on Amazon Video. She is a 2019 artist-in-residence at the Helen Wurlitzer Foundation in New Mexico.

She is the co-founder of Paper or Plastik Café, a all-day family-run neighborhood café in Los Angeles and transformed the adjacent Mimoda Studio into a multi-purpose arts and events space.