Costume Design, Set Design, Stage Makeup
Theater design and technology
820 E. Genesee St.
M.F.A., Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of Creative and Performing Arts
Member, United Scenic Artists Local 829
She has designed costumes for productions at leading professional and regional theaters throughout the United States, including the Apollo Theatre in Chicago, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Burt Reyold’s Jupiter Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, ESIPA “the Egg” in Albany, Playmakers Repertory Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Rochester’s GEVA Theatre and Buffalo Studio Arena, the Vineyard Theatre, and the Broque Opera Company in New York City. She has designed regional and national tours, including the premiere production of Handy Dandy, written by William Gibson, directed by Arthur Storch, and Of Mice and Men, directed by Arthur Storch. She was a founding member and resident costumer/ designer of the second Florida State Regional Theatre, Players State Theatre at Miami's Coconut Grove Playhouse. Her designs for A Flea in Her Ear, directed by Susan Lawless, won the Best Costume Design award from the Miami Critics Circle. Her designs for Life with Father and for A Christmas Carol, at Coconut Grove, were nominated for Carbonell awards in the category of Best Costume Design.
She was the resident costumer/designer at Syracuse Stage for 12 years and was an adjunct faculty member of the drama department during that time. Maria has designed costumes for 36 productions at Syracuse Stage, most recently Putting it Together, starring Tony winners Lillias White and Chuck Cooper, and The Fantasticks, directed by Peter Amster.
As costumer at the Berkshire Theatre Festival and Syracuse Stage, she has supervised the production of designs by Ann Roth, David Woolard, Judy Dearing, Jennifer Von Mayrhauser, Nanzi Adzima, David Murin, David Toser, Linda Fisher, Lowell Dettweiler, Greg Fisher, and many others. Maria also was a draper at Eaves-Brooks Costume Company in New York City and has worked on film and television projects for PBS and independent companies.
Maria has been on the faculty at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida International University in Miami, Broward Community College in Fort Lauderdale, and Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y.
She is a member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.