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 her professional career, which includes acting, teaching and writing and sometimes singing, balanced with precious time with family, which is a priority. Her passion for life and in everything she does is seen in how she works with students and encourages them to find grit and tenacity to engage in the rigor of the craft so they can personally access their deep authentic truth that is uniquely their own.

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