Marisa D. Hébert (Lampito) Is an Actor/Director veteran of the Colorado Springs Theatre community. Recently you may have seen her as a Venticelli in THEATERWORKS production of Amadeus, or as Drake, in the Fine Arts Center’s production of ANNIE. She’s also been lucky enough to “play” in 9 to 5, Love, Loss, and What I Wore, In the Next Room, and Little Shop of Horrors also at the FAC. Other notable roles include Abuela Claudia (In The Heights), Beneatha (Raisin in the Sun), Lady in Blue (for Colored girls…), and Lucy (Jack Goes Boating). “I love you, Kelcey McKinley. I love you like the day is long!”
One's Man's Trash at The MAT, staring Lynne Hastings & Lynn Jacobs | Directed by Marisa Hébert
Marisa Hébert: Aurora, CO
TW: Home now?
MH: Colorado Springs, CO
TW: How are you doing right now?
MH: I’ve been very lucky during this time of COVID-19. My wife and I have worked from home for years, and we are both in tech, we are so fortunate that not much has changed for us.
TW: What are you listening to on Spotify (iTunes, Sirius, etc) or watching (on Netflix, Hulu, etc)?
MH: Listening - I’ve got a playlist I listen to in the mornings while working out, it’s loaded with Lizzo, Pink, Jess Glynne, Dua Lipa, Mary J. Blige, and tons of other badass lady artists. Watching – Killing Eve is EVERYTHING! And #BlackAF on HBO is my new bad habit.
TW: Who are your heroes in real life?
MH: I don’t think I have any. (Insert shrug here.)
TW: What is your most treasured possession?
MH: I’m not really into things. My biggest treasures are my wife and our 5, four legged kids. But I would NEVER say that I possess them.
TW: If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
MH: No thank you J I think once is enough.
TW: What is the best gift you have ever received?
MH: My wife bought me front row tickets to see Bernadette Peters at the Santa Fe Opera in 2007. She didn’t tell me what was going on until we got there, and I was a mess. Openly cried through the entire concert. At one point Bernadette looked down at me with what I can only describe as befuddled disbelief.
TW: When and where were you happiest?
MH: Santa Fe, September 11th 2015
TW: What would you be doing if you were not a director?
MH: I’m not “really” a director. I run Operations for an IT Management and Data Security company. But if I wasn’t doing that full time to pay the bills, I would love to be a full time playwright and director.
TW: Bucket-list shows?
MH: So. Many! The Color Purple, Sunday in the Park with George, Fences, Clybourne Park, By the Way Meet Vera Stark, Ordinary Days.
TW: Who are your theatre idols?
MH: Bernadette Peters, Cynthia Erivo, Stephen Sondheim, Ntozake Shange, Dominique Morisseau, Lynn Nottage, Suzan-Lori Parks, August Wilson.
TW: What is Every Brilliant Thing all about in one sentence?
TW: 1,000,000 brilliant things in one person’s life, that make life worth living, despite it being, well….life.
TW: Why does Every Brilliant Thing matter now?
MH: It’s so easy to think that we are all living our own separate lives, with our own unique experience, our own stories. What Every Brilliant Thing does is shows us how similar we all are, how connected, how reliant on the human community we all are. I think that matters more now, then ever in my lifetime.
TW: One thing we should be doing to foster the next generation of theatregoers?
MH: Encouraging them to participate in any way they want. Listening to them about what might be missing in the Theatre experience. Once they are in the space, we must support their experience by providing a safe, kind place to “play”!