ToUch's biggest secret weapon is simple: collaboration.
For the past seven years, ToUch's creative directors have been working together to create innovative, original work that explores beyond what has come before us. We each bring something different to the table, each of us stemming from a different corner of the performing arts, and we put our heads together to create artistic fusion and successful multi-media work. We conceptualize our productions from head to toe, working to build narrative storytelling, conceptual ideas, and stunning visual design together. This collaboration makes ToUch a truly unique performance company.
Marissa Rae Roberts
Founder & Co-Artistic Director
A multidisciplinary artist synthesizing her experience as an actor, director, creator, teacher and entrepreneur to create artistic experiences that break boundaries of traditional theater. Marissa’s work has appeared in theaters, night clubs, festivals, and the streets of Boston and New York City. Marissa is the co-founder and co-artistic director of ToUch Performance Art; currently the artist in residence at the American Repertory Theater’s OBERON. With ToUch, Marissa serves as a creator and director for all work developed for artistic performances (AcousticaElectronica, Sexyback: Or What You Will, GAGA: The Musical) and customized events for clients (The Boston Lyric Opera, WGBH/PBS, Breast Cancer Research Foundation). Marissa served as the Associate Resident Director of The Donkey Show (Dir. Diane Paulus) at the American Repertory Theater along with performing 3 different roles in the production for the past 4 years. As a teaching artist, Marissa works with students of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels. Marissa has created and taught several master classes on creating your own work, immersive theater, entrepreneurship, arts administration, and acting for dancers. These master classes have taken place at The Boston Conservatory, Emerson College, Berklee College of Music, Le Moyne College and Urbanity Dance. Marissa is a native of Syracuse, New York where she attended Le Moyne College and received her B.A. in Theater Arts. She is a proud graduate of The Boston Conservatory where she holds a M.F.A. in Musical Theater.
Founder & Co-Artistic Director
Elizabeth has been the resident choreographer and co-artistic director for ToUch Performance Art since its inception. Originally from Cazenovia, New York, she trained as both a classical pianist and concert dancer. She later attended the Boston Conservatory, where she received her BFA in Dance Performance. Elizabeth currently resides in New York City and works as a full-time performing artist. She has had the pleasure of performing for many wonderful theater and dance companies in the city in a widespread myriad of projects. She works as a teaching artist and has taught and held residencies all around the northeast. She has also discovered yet another artistic passion in performance review, becoming a new contributor to the online magazine CultureBot.
With ToUch, she has choreographed original works, made a myriad of commissioned dance pieces for a multitude of clients, and has performed in ToUch's hit show AcousticaElectronica for the past six years. Elizabeth aims to create work that is both visceral and dynamic while remaining accessible to all types of audiences! Through ToUch she has found that voice and continues to explore movement as a collaborative medium. She believes dance can be an impactful visual means of communication for audience and performers alike, and is honored to continue on the creative path.