|After some early endeavors into drama classes, film-extraing and community theatre, it was the birth of her daughter that acted as the true catalyst and inspiration for Maria’s further pursuit of her dreams, including theatre. Since 2001 Maria has acted in two mainstage productions and close to 10 productions of one-acts (including a few repeats of You Are What You Eat) for Theatre In the Raw. While she likes the change and challenge of every new role, her previous favourite roles include the nun Sister Fidelia in Medicine and the dominatrix Mean Marlene in Room for Rent, a true grassroots production written, acted, and produced by the participants in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside’s Carnegie Community Centre’s Theatre Workshop under the direction of Jay Hamburger. Maria also has previously been seen juggling and fire (poi) spinning in a few East Vancouver festivals and she enjoys occasional singing, dancing, guitar and piano playing. In addition she has taught improv drama classes to children in East Vancouver.
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