Larissa's love for performance art began when she took the stage as a child actress in the Young People's Theatre Traveling Troupe. She discovered great joy in entertaining audiences through countless lead and supporting roles. She received piano, organ, percussion, choral, and dance training as her passion for the arts blossomed.
Larissa, the filmmaker.
one who makes motion pictures.
a person who produces or directs movies for the theater or television.
one working in all phases of film production."the leading young filmmakers."
As a teen, Larissa expanded from theatre to film and television. Larissa trained with the highly regarded Jawaahir Company of Middle Eastern Dance and renowned Brazilian samba dancer Ana Oliveira. She received instruction from some of the industry's most successful talents, including two years of intensive workshops under Elite Model Management, which encompassed stage, commercial, screen, runway, and voiceover performance.
Larissa produces, coordinates, and lends her expertise to numerous Hollywood movies. She was tapped by Paramount to spearhead a successful initiative in partnership with Hasbro (with whom she previously negotiated an exclusive production run of 300 My Little Pony toys), and as chief strategist of targeted publicity campaigns across North America for multiple studio blockbusters -- including Fox 2000's Water for Elephants, Universal's Cowboys and Aliens, and the Academy Award winning Dreamgirls for Paramount. Larissa has been an instrumental fixture in the design process, creative direction and coordination of regional and national promos on feature films.
Opening doors to directing and screenwriting
Larissa made her directorial debut with the short film Mary, which she also wrote, cast, and produced. The film premiered at the 68th Cannes Film Festival and garnered critical acclaim for its visceral depiction of the emotional impact of hours immediately following a sexual assault and onset of PTSD.