Dr 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 with The Pan's People Papers.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 a Reader in Choreography and Digital Technologies at University of Chichester in the dance department. She specialises in adapting and developing choreographies for screens.