Maria is an artist/scholar, K. Leroy Irvis fellow, and PhD candidate at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her MFA in Performance from Arizona State University, where she trained in Suzuki, Viewpoints, and Composition with Anne Bogart and SITI Company as part of a three-year residency. She has also trained with the National Shakespeare Conservatory. In Chicago, Maria was an Artistic Associate with Teatro Luna, and worked at Victory Gardens Theatre, Chicago Dramatist, Cleveland Public Theatre, 16th Street Theatre, Mortar Theatre, Fulton Opera House, and performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with the Tom Evert Dance Company. Maria is currently a Visiting Lecturer in Movement at UNC-Chapel Hill and recently directed the Professional Actor Training Program production Good Girls: A Play in Five Fabulous Acts.