Marissa Perel is a disabled artist and choreographer whose work spans installation, performance, and writing. Perel’s recent work, “(do not) despair solo” premiered at the 2018 American Realness Festival. Perel is currently a Mertz-Gilmore AIR at Movement Research, and is the International AIR at Sophiensaele, Berlin. Perel was a resident choreographer for the new Choreo-Lab initiative for the integrated dance company, AXIS Dance. Perel has received previous commissions from the Chocolate Factory Theater, FringeArts, the Chicago Cultural Center, and the Chicago Humanities Festival in partnership with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Perel is a Lecturer for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Low Res M.F.A, and has been a visiting artist at the University of Michigan, Wesleyan University, and Konstfack College for Art and Design in Stockholm.