Marilyn Agrelo

Marylin directed "Mad Hot Ballroom," where students from New York elementary schools compete in a city-wide ballroom dancing competition.


Marilyn Agrelo is a New York filmmaker and producer. 

Marilyn’s directorial debut was Mad Hot Ballroom, which enjoyed a theatrical run of over 24 weeks and took its place among the top 10 highest-grossing documentary films of all time. Mad Hot Ballroom is currently in pre-production for its Broadway debut in 2015.

Marilyn’s feature film, An Invisible Sign, was released by IFC Films in 2010.

She has directed numerous commercials and branded content films that have aired around the world, and several projects for television and new media, including 3 episodes of the Emmy-winning children’s series The Electric Company, and The Untold Stories of Motherhood for the Oxygen Network.

Her documentary short No Small Parts is currently playing in film festivals around the U.S.

She is currently at work on a documentary project about women in Afghanistan, and continues her research and filming on a very personal film entitled Us and Them about her divided family in Cuba and the U.S. Marilyn traveled to Tajikistan and Iraq with AFS in 2012 and to Bolivia, Pakistan and Iraq in 2013.