Marissa Osato



A Los Angeles native, Marissa Osato is a choreographer, director, and dance educator who creates emotionally-driven, embodied narratives to find cross-cultural universality within shared experiences. Using a hybrid language of contemporary, jazz, and street dance techniques, Osato’s choreography exhibits a sense of groundedness and abandon, of rhythm and dynamism, of stillness and intimacy. Osato is the co-founder/co-artistic director of Entity Contemporary Dance, an L.A.-based dance company that has taught workshops and performed original repertory in the U.S. and Asia. Osato earned an M.F.A. in Choreography from California Institute of the Arts, and a B.A. in Dance and B.A. in Literary Journalism from the University of California, Irvine. As a dancer and choreographer, Osato has worked with musical artists such as Coldplay, Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Patti LaBelle, and Chaka Khan. Osato has taught and set choreography at over 50 studios and colleges across the U.S., and has held master classes in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Guam, and South America. As the 2017 Capezio A.C.E. Awards winners, Osato and co-director, Will Johnston, will be premiering a new evening length work for Entity Contemporary Dance in Los Angeles March 2019. More information can be found at