Biography

 

Maria Angelica was born in Manhattan’s lower east side and grew up in Hell’s Kitchen and Riverdale. She is from Cuban-Greek descent but her exotic looks are often mistaken for Italian, Brazilian, Argentinean, Russian, Eastern European, and Native American Indian; therefore the term, “ethnically ambiguous” suits her.  She studied at the School of American Ballet and danced in "THE NUTCRACKER" at the age of 11. (New York State Theatre in Lincoln Center) When she was 12, 13 and 14 she won first place in her school’s Declamation/Monologue Contest. The first one she did was from Tennessee William’s, "THIS PROPERTY IS CONDEMNED". Maria graduated from high school six months early and traveled along the east coast with an improvisational theater company, for teenage audiences. It was a form of theather therapy for troubled teenagers with a Q& A after each performance. She continued studying drama at NYU, Tisch School of the Arts and spent a year abroad in a NY/Paris Student Exchange Program, where she completed an acting apprenticeship with the Theater of the Oppressed, directed by the late Augusto Boal.

Maria modeled in NYC and in Italy and appeared in several music videos. All the while, volunteering in soup kitchens, homeless shelters and reading for underprivileged children in schools. (One of her visions is to be involved in more charities on a global spectrum.) Maria’s work includes theatre, commercials, television and film. She appeared in a cameo role on the TV show, "RESCUE ME", playing opposite Denis Leary. She was also in several short films, one of them, "THE BRONX BALLETOMANE", (which won several awards) playing opposite Federico Castelluccio. In 2013 she was chosen to play one of the leads in the film, "A Strong Collected Spirit", which is presently still in production. 

A screenplay Maria is developing, "MACHO'S DAUGHTER", will be filmed in Cuba and NYC. She will play one of the leads and co-produce it. A poem she wrote, CUBAISALONELYISLAND, for narrative in the film, won the "International Who's Who Poetry Award" and was published in their 2012 publication.