HI, I'M MARIA
I'm a writer, performer, teacher, filmmaker, clown, and yes, human.
Maria is a writer, performer, and human. She has toured her solo show, “Are You There, George?” to six cities, including Iowa City, Des Moines, Minneapolis, and Chicago, and was awarded “#1 Newbie of MN Fringe” by vita.mn arts and culture magazine (2014). She is a former Artistic Associate with Working Group Theatre and Pictures, where she toured an anti-bullying youth show across the Midwest and facilitated post-show discussions with middle school audiences and administrators. Film credits include web series, “Sad Dad” and feature film, “These Hopeless Savages,” for which she was awarded Best Supporting Actress by The Wild Rose Film Festival. In 2016 Maria wrote, produced, and acted in a short film, “Sexpert Franzen”, which was nominated for Best Short of the Twin Cities Film Fest (2018). Maria enjoys teaching storytelling workshops to storytellers of all backgrounds, and has taught Advocacy Storytelling to women using social services, Personal Narrative to homeless individuals through Chicago Supportive Housing, and Storytelling Seeds, a beginners workshop, for which she was featured at the Witching Hour Festival in Iowa City. Maria currently tours a solo play by poet Mary Swander transition across the U.S. and teaches improvisational storytelling to seniors with memory loss. She is the only person she knows to have been accepted to clown school three times and all three times learn that the clown school was closing.*
*Yes, she was disappointed, too. But hey, she wrote a blog about it!