Maria Riboli was born and raised in Pesaro, Italy, a beautiful town on the Adriatic sea. 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. Some of her theatre credits include: “Miss Julie”, “Betrayal”, “Talk to me like the rain”, “Dolores”, “Antigone” and more. She is been very active in theater and films. Maria is also the artistic director and acting teacher, at the Maria Riboli Acting Studio in NYC. In 2007 she was the executive producer, director and female lead in an amazing satire about bureaucracy titled “BAAAHHH!!!”. 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.
Soon after she was cast as the lead character in “The White Train” written and directed by Shana Solomon at the Director’s Company.In 2012 she took part of a theater project during the IMPACT 2012 Festival Stuff we make directed by Shana Solomon. Maria is also a professional voice over artist. Some of her clients were: Verizon, IPhone, MetroMoods Film, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Skype, Rosetta Stone and Barilla, just to name a few. Maria has also being the spokesperson and Director of Beauty and Wellness for the luxury skin care and make up line Borghese. She worked as a tv host for them on Evine Live for over 4 years and QVC. In 2012 she produced, directed and starred in “Want & Need”, a love story from a guy point of view. It was a sold out and a very successful run in the heart of NYC! Soon after Maria went behind the camera and directed the web series “Catch 30″. In March 2013 Maria directed “Family of strangers”, written by John Pastore. It was another sold out run here in NYC. In June 2013 she directed the video portion of the Off Broadway show “Tesla”, directed by Sanja Bestic. At the end of June Maria got back on stage for “If they let us” directed by Shana Solomon at the Abington Theatre in NYC. In January 2014 Maria teamed up again with writer John Pastore to bring to the stage (Off Broadway) his dark comedy “Panic at the Riverside Motel”. The show was another sold out run. In June 2015 Maria acted as the lead character Carol, in the independent short film “More than words” directed by Sun, which is now circulating in festivals all over the US. Her short film “Locked in you” written by Marqus Bobesich is now out to film festivals around the world. She once again, directed, starred and produced this very powerful story of love and loss and hope.
In April 2015, Maria once again directed and produced another short film “Meet me here” written by Kirsten Russell, that went out in festivals. In October 2015 she directed and produced “Rabbit Hole” by David Lindsay-Abaire for Full Spectrum Theatre Company at the Davenport Theater in NYC. The show was another sold out run and received rave reviews.
In June 2018 she opened a second location for her acting studio, in Orlando Florida.
In April 2019 she filmed a pilot for the new TV series “Sister Soho” by Chase Vergari and Chris Huston.
She is currently working on a few short films both as a director and an actress.
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