She started to act at the age of 6, and she immediately felt in love with it.
In Italy she worked and studied with some of the biggest artists from all over the world starting with Fabrizio Bartolucci, Aldo Vivoda (Theater du Soleil, Paris), Theater Academy “Viera Kamissergevscaia”, Makio and Norinaga Umewaka (“No” Theater, Japan), Caesar Brie, Pier Paolo Calzolari and Judith Malina (The Living Theater), just to name a few.
And with The Living Theater she came to New York City in 1998. At that time she was touring with the company in Italy (“Mysteries and the smaller pieces” and “Not in my name”) and Judith Malina asked her to go with them to NY for a show (“Capital Changes”)… a week later Maria was in the Big Apple and she finally felt at home.
Here in New York she studied for more than 3 years at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute under the guidance of some of the most talented teachers in NY like Robert Castle, Dan Grimaldi, Penny Du Pont and many more.
Maria has hosted a TV show for “Cult Network Italia Channel”. It was produced & shot in Manhattan, providing international cinema, documentaries & programs for one of Italy’s premier cable networks: Stream. Maria hosted and narrated over 500 segments and was the sole voice & on-air personality for the channel.
Other credits include: Miss Julie, Betrayal, Talk to me like the rain, Dolores, Antigone an more. She is been very active in theater and films.
Her latest project was BAAAHHH!!!
She was the executive producer, co-director and female lead in this amazing satire about bureaucracy.
The show was accepted at the Fringe festival FringeNYC in August 2007, and then got extended for the month of September at the Payan theater, in the hearth of the theater district in New York.
In May 2008 she was able to take the show to London where they performed a stage reading in front of producers at the historic Pleasance Theater.
Just a month later she was on stage as the lead (Rachel) in “The Baby Dance” (at the Director’s Company) directed by Thomas Ryan.
After that she was in a staged reading of the Broadway production of “Irena’s Vow” (directed by Michael Parva) as Irena. She was understudying Tovah Feldushuh.
Most recently she was cast as the lead character in “The White Train” written and directed by Shana Solomon at the Director’s Company.
Maria is also a professional voice over artist. She’s know in the business as “One Take Maria” for her ability to get any VO right on the first take!
She recorded for Verizon, an Italian application for the IPhone, a documentary about Munich (MetroMoods Film), an on-line Italian dictionary (Ectaco), many language learning programs (NY Audio & Paul Ruben Productions), most recently she’s been taping numerous voice overs for Rosetta Stone (she’s their female Italian voice).
Maria is currently the spokesperson and Director of Beauty and Wellness for Borghese and she will soon be working live on TV for them.
Maria is also a Certified Health and Life Coach. For more info please visit Spoon of Life.
Maria is the owner and founder of the “Maria Riboli Acting Studio” here in NYC where she’s been teaching for over 10 years and prior to that she had extensive teaching experience all over Europe.
Maria has a gift for finding the perfect audition monologue for any of her actors. Maria has coached some wonderful film and Broadway actors and continues to help artists make their dreams come true.
Maria currently teaches group classes in Manhattan, she also does many private coachings and very powerful workshops. She is also a coach on location for film and TV work.