An extremely versatile actress, singer, and voice over artist, Maria has an eclectic list of leading and character roles in comedy, drama, musicals, and classical theatre.
Maria received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Florida State University. Upon graduation, she completed an acting internship with the After Dinner Players Theatre in Houston, TX, under the artistic direction of Golden Globe nominee Jeanette Clift George.
After relocating from Houston to Orlando, FL, Maria performed as a member of the improvisational acting troupe, “Streetmosphere,” for the Walt Disney World Company.
A member of the Screen Actors Guild, Maria is an experienced on-camera actress as well, having worked in film and television for nearly 12 years. She has studied with Alice Carter of the Carter-Thor Studios in Los Angeles, and coaches privately with Christinna Chauncey, recently voted as one of the top private acting coaches in Los Angeles by Back Stage West. In 2003, Maria was awarded the “Best Actress” award in the 168 Hour Film Festival. She starred in the festival’s top prize-winning film CROSSWALK, directed by Wes Llewellyn.
As a voice-over artist, Maria was the ADR voice match for Academy Award winner Charlize Theron in the sci-fi feature film AEON FLUX, and for Sara Wayne Callies from the Fox hit show PRISON BREAK. Her many other voice over credits include the villain Maleficent from Disney’s SLEEPING BEAUTY for DISNEYANA, the Mexican Bureau of Tourism, and Motorolla.
A proud member of the Actors Equity Association, Maria’s favorite regional theatre credits include THE EIGHT: REINDEER MONOLOGUES (Vixen), ALL IN THE TIMING (Kafka), COMEDY OF ERRORS (Courtesan), STEEL MAGNOLIAS (Clairee) and SAVING NINEVEH (Rachel). Maria has a particular love of classical theatre, having studied Shakespeare under the tutelage of Alfred Molina, Art Manke, and Patsy Rodenberg, the acclaimed voice coach of Great Britain’s Royal National Theatre and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Los Angeles theatre audiences will recognize Maria from her roles in TRANSLATIONS (Maire), TWELFTH NIGHT (Viola), THE MOST HAPPY FELLA (Cleo), SHOOTING STARS (Charlene), INTO THE WOODS (Stepmother/Granny), THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH (Sabina), TALES OF TINSELTOWN (Adele DeRale), A HOLLYWOOD CHRISTMAS (Carmen Miranda), THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (Kate), HAMLET (Gertrude), and THE ELEPHANT MAN (Mrs. Kendal), GODSPELL (Maria), and THE NEXT FAIRY TALE (Minerva). She is a member of the award-winning Actors Co-op Theatre Company.
As a vocalist, Maria lent her singing talents to the Katrina relief effort recording of the single “Come Together Now,” co-written by Sharon Stone, Denise Rich, Mark Feist, and Damon Sharpe. The single was recorded at Capitol Records in the legendary Studio B. Celebrities participating in the collaboration included Celine Dion, Natalie Cole, and Patti LaBelle. “Come Together Now,” originally inspired by the tsunami tragedy, was the first major all-star collaboration for charity since “We Are The World.” She was also a featured vocalist for Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and has appeared as a solo cabaret performer throughout Europe.
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