Training: musical theatre at the Lucia Marthas Institute for Performing Arts, Amsterdam (Bachelors Degree, 2001)
Theatre includes: her professional debut in 2001 as swing, eventually moving up to assistant dance captain, in Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida (original Dutch production). In 2003, Maria moved to Germany as dance captain for the original German production, in 2004 became understudy Aida and in 2005 dance supervisor for the original Korean and the German/Austrian/Swiss touring productions. In 2006 she made her West End debut as ensemble/dance captain in Wicked (original cast) and in 2007 went back to Germany as swing/dance captain in the original Stuttgart cast. In 2010 Maria moved back to Amsterdam as swing/dance captain in Ben Elton’s We Will Rock You, followed by swing/understudy Gigi in Miss Saigon in 2011. She choreographed her first show, Soul Celebration, which toured Holland, in 2012.
Most recently Maria was dance captain, swing and understudy Pilar in Legally Blonde (original Austrian production) and assistant director on Get Got (Edinburgh Fringe 2013).