A graduate of England’s Webber-Douglas Academy, Maria has played everything from Shakespeare to Pantomime. Favourites include: U.K. – Gertrude (Hamlet), Charlotte (The Real Thing), Eleanor (Passion Play), Dorothy (Jumpers), Doris (Same Time Next Year), Anne (All My Sons), Lucy (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown). Canada – Lady Bracknell (Importance of Being Earnest), Madame Arcati (Blithe Spirit), Shirley Valentine, Lettice (Lettice and Lovage), Mother Superior (Nunsense), Peggy (Weekend Comedy), Aida (Over the River and Through the Woods). T.V. & Film include: Dieppe (CBC), Are You Afraid of the Dark? (Cinar). Maria is also a director, writer and dramaturge, with a degree in Theatre Studies from York University. She is Artistic Associate for the staged play-reading company, First Stages Theatre, Toronto, where she has played Helen Martins in The Road to Mecca (Fugard), Miss Fozzard – Talking Heads (Bennett) and directed Three Tall Women (Albee). She has compiled and directed her own musical revues – Kernels (Kern) and Strictly For Grown Ups (Roberts). Recently, Maria played Gracie Fields and Beatrice Lillie in a 1940’s Tribute Radio Show – “We’ll Meet Again” – at the Warplane Heritage Museum, Hamilton, Ontario with The National Academy Orchestra of Canada, conducted by Boris Brott.
Maria is thrilled to be back for Season 3.