Maria has a Bachelor in Psychology, Western Sydney University and a Certificate IV in Workplace Training & Assessment. She has conducted over a dozen workshop classes in leadership, digital media, creativity, business and entrepreneurship, public speaking and presenting, and acting and performance training for individuals, groups, face-to-face and online, particularly amongst culturally diverse communities.
Her role as Youth Digital Cultures Coordinator with Information & Cultural Exchange (ICE) 2007-2009 led to the activation amongst young people of color through digital art activism & performance. Since then, she’s designed, implemented, and ran over 100 workshops in Western Sydney and across Australia. Her workshops centre on creativity, psychology, stage combat & fight choreography, acting & performance, self-care, exploring passions, public speaking & presentation, project management, communication, community & cultural development practices, life as an artist, and many more. She currently co-facilitates at Acting For Mindfulness, a training program tailored for artists from culturally diverse backgrounds and descent navigating the acting & performative industries.
Tiffany Lee Shoy
Senior Strategic Cultural Officer
at Penrith City Council Chair
Curious Works & Co - Curious
“Maria consciously opens doors for other Women of Colour who have been boxed in by stereotypes. She shares her knowledge generously as a mentor, teacher and facilitator, inspiring other women and young people with her courage and determination, and empowering them to claim their unique voice and fully embrace and tell their stories."
Business & Engagement Manager
Campbelltown Arts Centre
at Campbelltown City Council
“Maria is an exceptional creative. She has many years of experience working with a broad range of stakeholders. She is passionate and highly motivated and always gets the job done.”
Councillor Sera Yilmaz
Former Deputy Mayor at Fairfield City Council Councillor at Fairfield City Council Secretary ALGWA, NSW
“Maria is an outstanding example of success in our community. From humble beginnings she was able to create a production company and branch out to become a successful producer and actress: known for developing the martial arts action film genre in Australia, and placing Fairfield on the world map. She has worked with internationally renowned artists in Australia and abroad and has created a whole team of actors, inspiring young generations to aspire to be great. she has worked on several projects and won many accolades in the city and I am extremely proud and honoured to know her."