Born and raised in Athens, Maria works in theatre as both a production coordinator and theatre educator. She completed Theatre Studies in Athens and an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, where she also discovered her passion for participatory and arts educational projects. Following her studies she worked in the production of LIFT and other international theatre festivals in London, coordinated art programmes for schools and youth groups with Eastside Educational Trust, and was a drama facilitator at Theatre Royal Stratford East for community-based projects with young people.
Back in Athens, she has coordinated the production of a number of theatre shows and applied her arts education knowledge in teaching drama to primary school students. As she strongly believes that everyone has creative ability, Maria seeks to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to imagine, create and share their artistic skills within their community. Collaboration, respect and fun are keywords for this vision and opportunities such as her participation in the 2018 START program offer her the means to achieve it.