Maria says, “Acting allows us to expand and learn things we might never learn.” She looks at acting as a way to inspire, provoke and support change.

“Having a “why” in pursuing our craft gets us up every morning with a purpose. I act because my life is about revealing truth and finding meaning in everything we do.”

Maria strikes balance between art and commerce through teaching students about the rigor of the craft and encourages them to personally access their authentic truth.

Casting CSUF professor Cominis in the title role gives Bernarda Alba a professional quality it might lack with an entirely student cast.

Steven Stanley, StagesceneLA

Maria! Maria! A provocative woman’s movement musical retrospective – powerful! Thank you Marias and crew for sharing your gift”.

Lee Kinney (audience member)

Principal Acting Credits


  • Fox’s New Girl 
  • ABC’s Desperate Housewives


  • Maria! Maria! A Call to Action Cabaret-benefit for
  • Bernarda Alba 


  • AFI Film – Prior Engagements