Maria Mayenzet
A.E.A, S.A.G, A.F.T.R.A

(949) 235-3919, 499-5254




B.A in Theatre, University of California, Irvine, 2002
M.F.A in Acting, California State University, Long Beach, 2005


Professional Experience:


California State University, Long Beach, CA Teaching Associate 2003-2005
California State University, Long Beach, CA Adjunct Faculty 2006
Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, CA Adjunct Faculty 2006-2007


TA 113A Introduction to Acting (for non-majors)


I. Plan, organize, orchestrate and implement curriculum.
II. Course Objectives explored and developed over sixteen week semester.
III. Overview of Acting techniques and acting process in theatre, television and film through exercises enumerated by Spolin, Hagen, Stanislavski, Chekhov, Adler, Strasberg, Hagen, Mamet, Bogart and Cohen.
IV. Implement an experiential understanding of the value of theatre games, improvisation, monologue development, relaxation exercises, music, voice and movement exercises when "an actor prepares."
V. Stimulate a deeper awareness and appreciation of the student's own creative instincts, self-worth, imagination, communication skills and collective consciousness.
VI. Explore objectives, obstacles and actions in scene work.
VII. Give students a working knowledge of acting in front of the camera for film, episodic television, mini-series, movie of Week, sit-coms and soap operas.
VIII. Give students an understanding of auditions, cold-readings, call-backs, screen-tests, finding an agent, getting in the union, contracts, billing, residuals, marketing and development of independent projects.
IX. Develop the student's ability to apply reasonable critical standards to the evaluation of acting and the acting process through discussion, exploration, examinations and five analytical papers.


T.A 114A Fundamentals of Acting: Self and the Stage (for theatre majors)


I. Plan and implement curriculum.
II. Explore integration of actor's craft through physical, vocal and improvisational exercises.
III. Explore and develop basic techniques of acting through self-exploration and self-expression through the principles of Stanislavski via the tenets of Uta Hagen's Respect for Acting.
Fulfill objectives enumerated in V-IX of Theatre 113 curriculum.


TA 324 THEATRE TODAY Analysis of Contemporary Western Theatre


ACTING FOR THE CAMERA Techniques for working in Film, Television, Commercials and Daytime Drama.


Professional Acting Experience:


Macbeth (w/ Piper Laurie)
Jagged Edge (w/Jeff Bridges and Glenn Close)
Messenger of Death (w/ Charles Bronson)
Forbidden Sins (w/ Shannon Tweed)
Dead Sexy (w/ Shannon Tweed)
The Littlest Black Panther (Sundance)
The Antique Collector (A.F.I)


Movies of the Week (Starring and Co-starring)
Special Report: Journey to Mars (w/ Keith Carradine and Alfre Woodard)
Proud Men (w/ Charlton Heston and Peter Strauss)
Spies, Lies and Naked Thighs (w/ Ed Begley Jr. and Harry Anderson)
The Last Fling (w John Ritter)
Daughter of the Streets (w/ Jane Anderson)
No Earthly Reason (w/ Jackie Cooper)


Television (Guest Starring and Recurring)
Nero Wolfe
Sheriff Lobo
Scarecrow and Mrs. King
Murder She Wrote
Mancuso F.B.I
Tour of Duty (recurring)
F.M (recurring)


Daytime Television (Daytime leads)
Santa Barbara (N.B.C.)
Forever (Fox/Televisa: Night-time Soap)
General Hospital (A.B.C)


Theatre (Equity and Equity-waiver)
Cal Rep: Swimming in the Shallows, Medea, The Cider House Rules Parts I and II, Shakespeare 72, Panama, The Dante Club.
U.C.I: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Skin of Our Teeth, Macbeth, Kaintucket, Marisol.
Tamara International: Tamara (title character 1988-90)
Orange County Shakespeare Festival: Tartuffe, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream
Los Angeles Theatre Center: The Fair Penitent, Tartuffe (w/ Ron Leibman apr�s Jessica Walter) The Importance of Being Earnest (w/ Jim Piddock)
Ensemble Studio Theatre/L.A: The Shrew (understudy for Jenny Agutter)
Globe Playhouse/L.A: Coriolanus, Measure for Measure
Old Globe/ San Diego Shakespeare Festival: Henry V, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Winter's Tale, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Comedy of Errors
Seattle Repertory Theatre:2nd Stage: Biography (w/George Morfogen and Duncan Ross)
Process Studio Theatre Off-Off Broadway): The Ivory Door
Froebel Institute London: Fanny's First Play, A Midsummer Night's Dream
Edinburgh Festival: Journey to Bahia, Liberty is a Lady


Commercials and Radio: Upon Request


Theatre, film and television reviews: click here


Arne Zaslove, Duncan Ross, Charles Marowitz, Robert Goldsby, Jack O'Brien, Craig Noel, Jerome Kilty, Ken Ruta, Peter Donat, Richard Marquand, Nagle Jackson, Michael Macowen, Joan White, Phil Killian, Peter Crane, James Frawley, Jim Johnston, Harvey Laidman, Ed Sherin, Robert Mandel, Thomas Bradac, Keith Fowler, Stephen L. Posey, Walter Grauman, J. Lee Thompson, Tom Cooke, Joanne Gordon, Rachel Lampert, David Bridel, Jim Anzide, Robert Angelo, Paul Hostetler, Jack Sydow, Bill Bushnell.


Other Employment History:
Guest Lecturer Pepperdine University, Chapman University, C.S.U.L.B, Women in Film Organization. Eckerd College, Florida.


Union Representative A.E.A representative for Tamara 1989-1990
S.A.G representative for Forever 1996-1997
Martial Arts Instructor United Studios of Self-Defense 2000-2003


University of Washington B.F.A/M.F.A program: Robert L.Hobbs, Craig Turner, William York, Eve Roberts.
Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts London: Elizabeth Pursey, Stuart Hopps, Mme Fedro, William Hobbs.(through the Joan White English Theatre Program).
London Academy of Dramatic Arts: Michael Macowen (through The Joan White English Theatre Program).
Queens College: Dr. Bertram Joseph, Joan White.
H.B Studios: Aaron Frankel.


California State University, Long Beach, CA:
Acting, Hugh O'Gorman: State of being, playing action, rhetoric in Shakespeare, techniques drawn from Stanislavski, Strasberg, Spolin, Hagen, Chekhov, Shakespeare and Company, Cecily Berry, Warren Robertson's psycho-physical gestures, Earl Geister, script analysis.


Voice and Speech, Lynne Innerst:
Fitmaurice voice work and tremoring techniques to embody the voice, create energetic shifts, voice work integrated with acting choices and physical movement, Laban exploration of leads and centers as related to voice, Dialect work, IPA transcriptions.


Movement, Lee Eisler:
Principles of movement, gyro-kinesis, interior/exterior learning, centers, approach to characterization drawn from Grotowski, Yakim, Laban, Bausch and Neutral Mask work.


Critical Analysis and Writing, Dr. Joanne Gordon: Close textual analysis, sociological, historical and psychological research, exploration of distinction between script and dramatic event.


Research, Aesthetics and Conceptualization, Susan Hansell:
Aristotle-based aesthetics, modernism, post-modernism, Marx, Freud, formalism, feminism and post-feminism and post-structuralism in elation to specific dramatic texts.


Further Training and Workshops:
Karl Bowman: Physical Theatre and Cirque du Soleil improvisation.
David Bridel: Theatre de Complicite/ Lecoq.
Craig Turner: Neutral and Expressive Mask.
Denise Dumeyer: Alexander technique.
Daphne Lei: Asian Theatre.
Cliff Faulkner: International Theatre and Scenic Design.


Shaolin Kempo, Muay Thai Kick-Boxing, Shotokan Karate, Rapier and Dagger Stage Combat, Dialects: British, Cockney, Irish, Scottish, French, German, Russian, Spanish, Japanese. Dialect Coach. Speak French fluently. DIRECTING EXPERIENCE:
Workshops and Assignments:
Julius Caesar Forest Ridge High School, Bellevue, Wn.
Taming of the Shrew Forest Ridge High School
Shakespeare's Ladies Forest Ridge High School
Cabaret Forest Ridge High School
The Jewish Wife University of Washington
Women of the Revolution Saddleback College History Dept.
Jenny Jones and Woyzeck CSULB
Freud and O.C.D Girls CSULB
Homebody Kabul(An adaptation) CSULB


One Woman Show: Mothers of the World
Acting and Globalism
THE WASSERSTEIN PROJECT Saddleback College Spring 2007


A Historical Approach to Characterization: An Analysis of Frida Kahlo in Dreams of a Sunday Afternoon


Dr. Joanne Gordon
Theatre Department Chair/Artistic Director of California Repertory Company. California State University, Long Beach, CA.
Phone: 562-985-7891


Hugh O'Gorman
Head of Acting. California State University, Long Beach, CA
Phone: 562-985-4043


Lee Eisler
Professor of Movement Gyrokinesis and Physical Theatre.


Charles Marowitz
Former Artistic Director of Malibu Stage Company, Director, Author and Playwright.


Lynne Innerst
Professor of Voice and Speech. Master teacher of Fitzmaurice technique.
Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa.


Thomas Bradac
Associate Professor of Theatre/Theatre Program Coordinator Chapman University, Orange, CA. Founder of the Grove Shakespeare Festival and Shakespeare Orange County.


Cherie Brown: Head of Theatre Department
Citrus College, Glendora, CA


Dr. Patrick Fennell
Saddleback College, CA


Baron Kelly
Assistant Professor of Theatre Chapman University, Orange, CA


Daphne Lei
Professor of Theatre: Asian, Asian American, Intercultural and Post-colonial Theatre, Ethnic, Gender and Diasporic Studies. University of California, Irvine, CA


Cliff Faulkner
Professor of Theatre: History of Theatre, Scenery Design, History of Design, Gay Theatre. University of California, Irvine, CA


Keith Fowler
Professor of Theatre/Head of M.F.A Directing. University of California, Irvine, CA


Dr. Scott Howlett
Professor of History: Chinese History, American Civil War, Revolutions and French History. Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, CA


Susan Hansell
Lecturer /English Department. California State University, Long Beach, CA


Zoe Saba
Lecturer/Theatre Department. California State University, Bakersfield, CA
and Artistic Director of The Central Coast Shakespeare Festival.


Dr. Cynthia Totten
Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Fl


Phone: (949) 235-3919
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