Marina Michelson was born in Tel Aviv to a pair of artists from the former Soviet Union and emigrated to the United States as a child. She began acting at the Lee Strasberg Studio in Los Angeles and pursued her BFA at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she trained with the Atlantic Theater Company.
As an actor, her film credits include the lead role in Should’ve Kissed, a unique first feature film from Cinefondation candidate Jinoh Park, which played at festivals around the world and was the opening selection of the Jeonju International Film Festival. She performs frequently on stages in Southern California and the L.A. Times called her recent turn as the lead role in Amy Herzog’s After The Revolution at the Chance Theater full of “grace and grit.”
Her directing debut, the short film Eureka!, can be seen on IndieFlix Shorts through Amazon Video. Other projects include face time, a short film shot entirely over video chat, and the web-series The Postcard Project, which premiered on the popular online women's community, Hello Giggles. Her latest short film, Biophilia, which she wrote and directed, is in festival submission. Additional producing credits include the award-winning short film Sane Jules Blaine, the original play Behold the Bowery! for the New York International Fringe Festival, and the monthly storytelling show she co-hosted All Together Now.
With the vision of laying a long-term foundation for a creative life, she co-founded Paper or Plastik Café, her family's neighborhood spot in Los Angeles and helped transform the adjacent Mimoda Studio into a space for artists to practice their work. She is passionate about food justice and volunteers with Akasa, an organization that provides a wellness curriculum including gardening, meditation, and healthy cooking to low-income youth.