MARIA VORHIS

©2017 BY MARIA VORHIS.

PROFESSIONAL RESUME

 

STORYTELLER, FACILITATOR, HOST

Freelance | January 2014-Present

• Hosted and performed stories at “Do Not Submit,” a monthly open-mic storytelling event in Chicago

• Proven ability to design and implement original curriculum; skilled at creating inclusive educational settings

   -Witching Hour Festival, Iowa City, IA (2016): Developed and led a generative workshop for 32 new storytellers

   -EverThrive IL Conferences, Chicago IL, (2017 & 2018): Developed and led workshops for Mother and Childhood Health Council Members to create personal narrative advocacy stories 

   -Waves Programming, Iowa City, IA (2016): Developed and led writing workshop for adolescent girls, examining the passive role of women in fairytales, and how to write active female protagonists 

   -Chicago Supportive Housing (2017): coached individuals in crafting, writing, and sharing their personal narrative in order to advocate to local legislators 

ACTOR, BOOKING AGENT, PUBLICIST

Swander Woman Productions | 2016-2018

• Performed in 9 tours of Map of my Kingdom, a one-woman show on farmland transition

• Negotiated booking contracts for 26 state-wide and national tours; coordinated travel and lodging arrangements for artists and circulated updates company-wide; facilitated effective communication between actors, company director, and presenting venues, and effectively onboarded and trained new actors when hired

• Handled all aspects of event planning and implementation, such as coordinating dates and staging with presenters, and organizing pre and post-show events (sponsor booths, panelist discussions, workshops, and Q&A sessions)

• Managed company mailing list and all written communications, including drafting and disseminating press releases

TIMESLIPS FACILITATOR

Self Employed | November 2016-August 2018

•Led hour-long improvisational storytelling sessions for seniors with memory loss in assisted living and memory care units

•Employed breath work, guided visualizations, movement, song, photography and storytelling to connect people more deeply with themselves and each other

•Enhanced well-being of seniors, caregivers, and care community by staging original production of TimeSlips stories

GRANT REVIEWER AND REPORT WRITER

TCC Group | April 2016-July 2018

•Reviewed a high volume of grant applications for eligibility and provided thorough recommendations for the annual Jaffe Awards; researched finalists’ organizational impact; summarized findings into a comprehensive, actionable written report for executive review
• Provided excellent customer service through helpdesk platform; maintained consistent communication with prospective grant applicants; met tight report deadlines in fast-paced environment

WRITER, ACTOR, PRODUCER

"Sexpert Franzen" a short film | January 2016-2017

•Managed team of over 80 people including cast and crew to ensure deadlines were met and shoot stayed on schedule
•Planned film budget and timeline, executed Crowdfunding campaign, surpassing fundraising goal by 18%
•Organized and supervised weekly pre/post-production meetings with design team and associate producers

FACILITATOR, OUTREACH COORDINATOR

Still Point Theatre Collective | February 2015-June 2017

•Conducted outreach for the Imagination Workshop and Sage Theatre Workshop, researched facilities, contacted program directors, and developed relationships to expand teaching facilitations
•Created and delivered curriculum; evaluated participant progress through quarterly written assessments and collaborated with fellow educators to tailor curriculum to participant needs and abilities

ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE

Working Group Theatre | 2012-2016

• Involved in all facets of research and play development; served as Assistant Director; acted in nationally touring youth anti-bullying show to middle schools across the Midwest and led facilitation of educational post-show discussion
• Produced and Acted in narrative films (“Sad Dad”, “These Hopeless Savages”), awarded “Best Supporting Actress” by The Wild Rose Film Festival

WRITER, PERFORMER, PRODUCER

"Are You There George?" a one-woman play | January 2013-December 2015

•Wrote, performed, produced, and executed three Midwest tours of original one-woman show
•Marketed via variety of social media channels, created press releases, and managed communications to grow audience
•Awarded “#1 Newbie of MN Fringe”” by vita.mn arts and culture magazine

TEACHING ARTIST

Combined Efforts Theatre | November 2013-May 2014

• Taught weekly playmaking courses ranging from elementary to university-level, including students with IEPs
• Planned and implemented curriculum, focusing on movement and play creation; directed final performance