A bi-coastal actor for over a decade, Maria considers southern California her home. She is theatre trained and has worked as an actor in all mediums. She trained and taught acting under the tutelage of Uta Hagen at HB Studio in NYC. She works in television, theatre and currently a full professor in Acting at California State University Fullerton.
Most recently she created and performed “a call to action cabaret”, empowering women and benefiting at risk women and children in Orange County, California. Maria believes creativity is the pulse of life. She is a self-motivated artist working on many projects and wearing many hats in the process. She is mostly known for her recurring role as Mona Clarke on Desperate Housewives. She is a mom and lover of Greek dance/folklore and devoted student of Uta Hagen’s teaching. The third edition of her book, Rehearsing in the Zone, A Practical Guide To Rehearsing Without A Director, published by Kendall Hunt, will be released in Fall 2019 which includes an online media component demonstrating the collaboration between actor to actor.