Marissa Leenaarts

AEA, Musical Theatre Instructor

Marissa Leenaarts (Choreographer) grew up performing in the Akron/Cleveland area. She performed as an Equity singer/dancer at Walt Disney World for a number of years. At Disney, she was contracted in several shows including The Hoop Dee Doo Revue, Disney’s Voyage of the Little Mermaid, and My Disney Girl’s Perfectly Princess Tea Party.  Marissa recently had the honor of choreographing Weathervane’s Mamma Mia, choreographing Weathervane's School of Rock, directing and choreographing Weathervane’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame in October of 2018, directing and choreographing Weathervane’s Hairspray in 2017. Other choreography credits include Firestone High school’s productions of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins and Ghost the Musical, Akron Civic Theatre/All-City Musical’s Beauty and the Beast, Bye Bye Birdie and  Shrek the Musical, Weathervane Playhouse’s Bye Bye Birdie, Willy Wonka, A Christmas Carol, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat(2013,2014, 2015, 2016,  2019), Oklahoma! as well as Ohio University’s Mary Poppins. She lives happily in Akron with her husband Jason, her son Sebastian and their rotten boxer dog, Mr. Dempsey. Marissa is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.