Marisa Zanotti originally trained as a dancer at the Laban Centre.
Her directing and writing work is informed by her background in performance, choreography, theatre and installation practice. She worked extensively in new writing theatre as a movement director (1996-2002) collaborating with many directors including Vicky Featherstone and John Tiffany, in plays by Abi Morgan,Stephen Greenhorn, David Harrower and David Greig amongst others.
Having received a Creative Scotland Award in 2001 to explore moving image practice, her first short film drama At The End Of The Sentence received BAFTA and BIFA nominations and awards at Encounters and The Hamptons film festivals. With funding from the UK Film Council she developed the feature script Blackwaterside with the writer David Greig.
She has consistently explored new technologies initially in relation to their role in live work,and more recently in transmedia work. In 2012 she developed the UK's first choreographic Web App for phones and tablets with choreographer Ben Wright.
Marisa has been a guest lecturer at Glasgow School of Art, Wimbledon Art School and the Art Institute of Chicago; she is on the faculty at University of Chichester in the dance department teaching choreography, improvisation and moving image practices at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She has just completed a practice-led PhD on adapting choreography to the screen.
She is currently interested in the 1970s group Pan’s People and is collaborating with choreographer Lea Anderson on the The Pan’s People Papers a transmedia project with funding from The Arts Council of England.