Larissa's love for acting and performance art took hold at an early age. As a youngster, Larissa was continually singing, dancing, and staging impromptu performances for her friends and family. Larissa first took the stage as a child actress in the Young People's Theatre Traveling Troupe, where she earned numerous lead and supporting roles. Larissa's passion for the arts continued to grow. She later received piano, organ, percussion, choral, and dance training.
Larissa, the cinephile.
a person who is fond of motion pictures.
"the film is mostly known only to dedicated cinephiles"
As a teenager, Larissa expanded from stage to film and television performance. Larissa has trained with the highly regarded Jawaahir Company of Middle Eastern Dance and renowned Brazilian samba dancer Ana Oliveira. She has received training in stage, commercial, screen, runway, and voiceover disciplines from some of the industry's most successful talents, including two years of intensive workshops under Elite Model Management.
Larissa has produced, coordinated, and provided marketing direction on a number of film projects, including having been tapped by Paramount to spearhead a successful guerrilla marketing campaign in partnership with Hasbro, and as chief digital strategist of regionally-targeted publicity campaigns rolled out nationwide for multiple studio blockbusters including Fox 2000's Water for Elephants, Universal's Cowboys and Aliens, and the Academy Award winning Dreamgirls for Paramount and has contributed as a regional marketing and promotions consultant and coordinator, and other Hollywood films.
Opening doors to directing and screenwriting
Larissa made her directorial debut with the short film Lacuna (working title) which she also wrote, cast, and produced. The film premiered at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2015 and garnered critical acclaim for its visceral depiction of the hours immediately following a sexual assault and the onset of PTSD.