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Maria Porter

Maria Porter

Director of TheatreProfessor of Theatre

B.A., M.F.A., University of California, San Diego


Maria Porter is professor of theater at the C.W. Post Campus at Long Island University. She has been a teacher of the Suzuki Method for the last 20 years and has given master classes in the United States and abroad. As an actor, she has performed regionally in theaters such as Hartford Stage, Kennedy Center, Virginia Stage, Hangar Theater, Perishable Theater, The La Jolla Playhouse and Milwaukee Rep, and is featured as Parker Posey’s mother in Hal Hartley’s award winning film, “Henry Fool”. In New York, she enjoyed a long association with the downtown theater groups Target Margin, Clubbed Thumb and SALT Theater. She has worked with such directors as Anne Bogart, Tina Landau, David Hersokvits, Robert Woodruff and Emma Griffen. Porter works extensively internationally, both teaching and performing, and is a member of Teatro delle Radici in Switzerland and The Magdalena Project, an international coalition of women theater artists. Her solo performances and work demonstrations have been featured in festivals in Cuba, Denmark, Italy, Peru, Switzerland and the United States. As a director, her original performances featuring students and alumni have appeared at festivals in Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Canada and the New York Fringe Festival. Porter holds an M.F.A. in acting from University of California, San Diego.


Acting, Voice, Speech, Suzuki Method of Acting, Devised Theater, Physical Theater


  • Author, “Ennobling Nonna/Enabling Maria,” published in The Open Page
  • Author, “Letters from an American in Cuba,” published in The Open Page

Lectures and Presentations

  • Presenter, “Writing with the Body,” lecture, demonstration and master class presented at Magdalena Sin Fronteras, Santa Clara, Cuba
  • Presenter, “Semillas de la Magadalena,” lecture, demonstration and master class, presented in Lima, Urabamba and Comas, Peru
  • Presenter, “Making Space,” lecture and demonstration presented at the Art, Body, Medicine conference at Duke University; the MOVE Festival; the Long Island Fringe Festival; and Body IN SITU
  • Presenter, “Encounters with an Empty Room,” lecture and demonstration presented at Grupo Yuyachkani, Lima, Peru, and Teatro delle Radici-Lugano, Switzerland
  • Presenter, “Necessary Interventions -Creating Performance Pedagogy with University Actors,” lecture and demonstration presented at IUTA World Congress
  • Presenter, “I is the We of Us – Creating a Character via Suzuki and Stanislavsky,” lecture and demonstration presented at the International Theater Colloquium, Lugano, Switzerland, and the Honors Conference, C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University


  • Actor, “Shakespeariana,” Teatro delle Radici, Lugano, Switzerland
  • Actor and Author, “Space Inside,” MOVE Festival, Pheonix, Ariz.; Long Island Fringe Festival, Brookville, N.Y.; and Producer’s Club, New York City
  • Author and Director, “Third Child,” Prague Fringe Festival, Czech Republic; New York Fringe Festival, New York City; and Urbino, Italy
  • Actor and Author, “Ennobling Nonna,” Odin Teatret; Holstebro, Denmark; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass; Magdalena USA Festival, Providence, R.I.; Perishable Theater, Providence, R.I.; Performance Studies International Conference, Providence, R.I.
  • Actor, “Madame Killer”, Ohio Theater, New York City
  • Actor, “Trojan Women”, Modern Theater of Myth, Long Island
  • Actor, “The Cherry Orchard,” Salt Theatre, New York City
  • Actor, “The Train Play”, Clubbed Thumb, New York City
  • Author and Director, “The Iphigenia Defense,” Long Island University; American College Theater Festival at Carnegie Mellon University; and IUTA Festival, Montreal, Canada
  • Actor, “Skriker,” Long Island University, The Kennedy Center
  • Actor, “Inky,” Salt Theatre, New York City, and Altered Stages, New York City
  • Actor, “A Christmas Carol,” Virginia Stage Company, Norfolk, Va.
  • Actor, “The Women,” Hartford Stage Company, Hartford, Conn.
  • Actor, “Uncle Vanya,” Cornell Resident Professional Theater, Ithaca, N.Y.
  • Actor, “The Bacchae,” Modern Theater of Myth, Paphos, Cyprus
  • Actor, “Love’s Labor’s Lost,” Cornell Resident Professional Theater, Ithaca, N.Y.
  • Actor, “Bye Bye Birdie,” Cortland Repertory Theater, Cortland, N.Y.
  • Actor, “Pajama Game,” Hangar Theater, Ithaca, N.Y.
  • Actor, “South,” Target Margin at HERE, New York City


  • Actor, “Henry Fool” Mary Grim directed by Hal Hartley, SONY Classics


  • Member, American Theater in Higher Education (ATHE)
  • Member, American College Theater Festival (ACTF)
  • Member, Actor’s Equity Association (AEA)
  • Member, The Magdalena Project
  • Associate Artist, Teatro delle Radici
  • Member, International University Theater Association (IUTA)