Marliss Amiea, a native of our Nation’s Capital Washington D.C. is often referred to as the quintessential performer and Renaissance woman. According to writer Robbie Wachs "This is an actress of unlimited depth." Marliss is veteran on various stages with a professional career that has spanned the better parts of two decades. The talented classically trained actress, singer and dancer has made her mark showcasing the skills that has led to the various roles she has taken on in her short but storied career. Writer Deborah Stone says it best in a recent article "Amiea...commands the stage with her presence..." exemplifying the true essence of a star that is set to soar.
This is an actress of unlimited depth.Robbie Wachs, Writer
Ms. Amiea graduated from the famed Duke Ellington School of the Arts. It was here where she began her journey that led her to Los Angeles to continue pursuing and fulfilling her dreams of becoming a star. While attending the school, she performed with greats such as Stevie Wonder, Anita Baker, Kenny Loggins, and Dave Brubeck. Also while in High School, Amiea had the opportunity to tour Europe and the Caribbean while performing with the world renowned Duke Ellington Show Choir. Marliss' senior year was topped off by being nominated with Toni Braxton for the WAMA (Washington Are Music Association) female vocalist of the year award; a prestigious award highly revered in the area.
Amiea...commands the stage with her presence...Deborah Stone, Writer
Marliss then went on to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston pursuing a degree in Vocal Performance. From there, she continued her education at Jacksonville University graduating with a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) in Musical Theatre. While finishing school she participated in various pageants (within the Miss America system) in which she found great success. Marliss was the first black woman to win the title "Miss Jacksonville" in which she gained national exposure for the historic feat. This was the predecessor for various other titles to come as well as consistent top five placements at the state level in Florida and Maryland.
Upon graduating, Marliss began to further pursue her dreams as she began to land roles in various regional productions. This experience proved to be valuable as she went on to join one of the longest running shows in the world, Disney's Hoop Dee Doo Revue, becoming only the second black woman to land this role. From there she went on to being the original host of Playhouse Disney Live onstage. Soon after Marliss took flight on one of America's biggest stage shows, The Lion King. Disney noticed the talent of Marliss and quickly made arrangements for her to travel to Los Angeles, California in which she starred in the pilot series, Playhouse Disney Lunchtime in which she carried out her first television lead as the show’s host.
Marliss began to spread her wings further as she booked roles on shows such as Young & the Restless, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Fox’s Ben & Kate and Fox’s new hit series Rake to name a few. She has also been seen on a host of national, regional commercials and ad campaigns. Marliss' growth as an actress, singer and dancer has only just begun. She is constantly reinventing herself as she embarks upon new and exciting ventures!