Raised in a small town north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she attended Carnegie Mellon University for theater, and graduated from UCLA with a B.A. major in Motion Picture/Television, and a minor in Art History. Her industry experience includes; a year in NYC working in Off Broadway Theater, being a Story Analyst for Independent Feature companies, and was one of Hollywood's top Script Supervisors for a decade on 27 large budget features, filmed all over the USA, Canada, and as far away as Malaysia. She had thousands of hours of on-set production time, before she made her move into television directing on the long running series ER in 2001.
A versatile director, she is as strong with drama as she is with the camera. Has worked successfully with acclaimed actors such as Emma Stone, Kathy Bates, Cuba Gooding Jr., Sarah Paulson, George Clooney, and is known for elevating performances of young and lesser experienced actors. Is always very involved in the design of action sequences and CGI.
Marita's passions are the study of history, ancient civilizations, art, cultural anthropology, and architecture. She is an enthusiastic world traveler and nomadic photographer/videographer, who pursues opportunities such as making a historical and poetical documentary on "The Silk Road in Central Asia", as a one person crew in Uzbekistan & Turkmenistan. Or, visiting Normandy, France for the D Day 70th Anniversary, where she met and interviewed WWII Vets, and then drove over Northern Europe to visit many battle sites.
She has an avid interest in Africa, is a wildlife photographer, also made videos on tribal peoples; Maasai, Himbas, Bushmen in -Tanzania, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Zanzibar the Spice Island. She photographed Victoria Falls from every angle, above & below, including White Water Rafting down the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Between productions- writes, edit video films, and plans next adventure. 2017 might include a cruise around South Georgia Island to photograph wildlife, and the Trans Siberian Express across Russia is the goal for 2018.