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Tedx Speaker 'We need to embrace conflict' | Maria Tran (2017)
40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australians (2019)
Finalist, Western Sydney Women Awards (2022)
Maria Tran is an award-winning US based, Vietnamese-Australian actor, filmmaker, and martial artist working across film & TV, stage & performance, & fight action choreography. She is the founder of female-led Phoenix Eye Films (AUS & US).
Maria Tran is an award-winning and multi-talented US-based, Vietnamese-Australian actor, filmmaker, and martial artist. She has worked in various mediums including film, TV, stage and fight action choreography. Her international film credits include "Fist of the Dragon", "Death Mist", and "Tracer/Truy Sat". In 2013, she won the Breakout Female Performer award at the International Action on Film Festival and in 2016, she was awarded Female Action Performer of the Year at MartialCon. She is also the director and producer of "Hit Girls", a female-led action comedy. In Australia, she has appeared on several TV shows, including "My Place", "Maximum Choppage", "Street Smart" and "Fat Pizza". She has also worked as a stunt performer on movies such as Jackie Chan's "Bleeding Steel" and "MEG" in New Zealand. In 2022, five months after moving to the United States, she landed her breakthrough role as Madame Tien on the 10-episode crime drama Paramount series "Last King of the Cross" starring Tim Roth. Maria has also been involved in stage productions, including as a fight director and performer for Bell Shakespeare's "Macbeth" and her own theater production "Action Star" which premiered at the OzAsia Festival in Adelaide in 2022. She has received the prestigious $50,000 Create NSW Western Sydney Arts Fellowship award and established Phoenix Eye Films, a female-led film and art collective based in Western Sydney. Maria is also known for her documentary filmmaking work, including "Once Upon a Time in Cabramatta" and "My Mother, The Action Star", which won the award for Best Film at the WIFT-V Fest Film Festival. Occasionally, she also works as an action fight director for films such as "Ayotti" and "Terror Zone". Her feature action thriller 'Echo 8'; Australia's first female-led action movie has currently won several awards including Tokyo Film Awards for Best Film, Winner for Best Festure Film - Women's Film at the World Carnival-Singapore Film Festival and will be scheduled for a screening at the Art Gallery of NSW this year. Maria is a trailblazer who is known for her community, cultural, and development practices in the film, TV, and entertainment industry.
"Maria Tran is a powerful presence on stage and her vision of a life where she can acknowledge her dreams is unconventionally inspirational." - InDaily
Maria Tran is a multi-disciplinary artist and filmmaker from Sydney, Australia who is currently residing in Nevada, USA and working between the two continents as of mid-November 2021.
AUSTRALIA: Jan 25 to 22 Feb
UNITED STATES: 23 Feb to 29 Mar
AUSTRALIA: 30 Mar-20 Apr
UNITED STATES: 20 Apr-25 Jul
AUSTRALIA: 25 Jul-30 Aug
UNITED STATES: 31 Aug onwards
ACTOR ON 'FAT PIZZA'; AUSTRALIA'S FUNNIEST TV SERIES
"Tran provides many of the biggest laughs of the production with her impressive comic abilities, and enthusiasm for the stage." - SUZY GOES SEE
We need to embrace conflict | Maria Tran | TEDxYouth@Sydney
We’re usually taught to avoid conflict, but what happens if we embrace it? By better understanding the stories of her refugee parents and through learning martial arts, actor and screen fight coordinator Maria Tran describes why she believes we need to embrace conflict.