A bi-coastal actor for over a decade, Maria calls southern California home. Her roots come from the theatre, though she has worked in television creating recurring roles on soaps and more recently, her role on ABC’s Desperate Housewives as recurring character, Mona Clarke and Fox’s, New Girl. She trained and taught acting under the tutelage of Uta Hagen at HB Studio in NYC and currently a full professor in Acting at California State University Fullerton where she hopes to pass on skills and wisdom to the next generation of actors.
First and foremost Maria is an actor who sings. She created and performed “a call to action cabaret”, empowering women and benefiting at risk women and children in Orange County, California. Maria considers her passion is in being a collaborator on any project. She is a mother, a professor and a force of feminist pride with passionate, Greek proportions.