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 prestigious 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. In addition to film & television work, she performs frequently in Southern Californian theater, the L.A. Times calling 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!, made alongside her producing partner Meryl Williams, can be seen on IndieFlix Shorts through Amazon Video. Their other projects include face time, a short film shot entirely over video chat, and the popular web-series The Postcard Project, which documents their long-distance friendship and was featured on the popular online women's community, Hello Giggles. Additional producing credits include the award-winning short film Sane Jules Blaine and the original play Behold the Bowery! for the New York International Fringe Festival. She is currently overseeing post-production on her latest short, Biophilia, which she wrote and directed, and is in development on several narrative projects.
With the vision of laying a long-term foundation for a creative life, she co-founded her family's neighborhood cafe in Los Angeles called Paper or Plastik Cafe and helped transform the adjacent Mimoda Studio into a space for artists to practice their work, where she currently hosts the monthly storytelling show All Together Now.