Maria Mayenzet’s career has spanned over thirty-seven years working in regional theatre, film and television. Her film credits include Jagged Edge (with Jeff Bridges),
Maria Mayenzet’s career has spanned over thirty-seven years working in regional theatre, film and television. Her film credits include Jagged Edge (with Jeff Bridges),Proud Men (with Charlton Heston), Macbeth (with Piper Laurie) and Messenger of Death (with Charles Bronson). Her guest starring, recurring and series regular roles in television include, Airwolf, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Tour of Duty, Forever, Santa Barbara, Special Report: Journey to Mars, Mancuso FBI, F.M and Murder She Wrote. She has worked at the Seattle Repertory Theatre: Second Stage, The Globe in San Diego, The Grove Shakespeare Festival, The Edinburgh International Festival, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Tamara International, California Repertory Theatre, Process Studio Theatre N.Y.C and The Froebel Institute in London. She is a professional actor, director, playwright (Women of the World), author (Focal Length of Performance) and short film director and producer. She has been a guest-lecturer at Pepperdine University, Chapman University, Eckerd College and Women in Film in Hollywood. She has a B.A in Drama from University of California, Irvine (2002) and an M.F.A in Acting and Directing from California State University, Long Beach (2005). Maria has been a full-time faculty member of the Cinema, Television and Radio Department at Saddleback College since 2011, teaching Video Production, Screen Acting, Voice Over Performance and Cross Cultural Cinema. She was also an Associate Faculty member of CSULB from 2005-2011, teaching acting and critical theory. She has been a respondent for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival since 2008. She summited Mount Kilimanjaro in June 2017.
Philosophy of Teaching
· I believe that each student brings an individual gift to his or her work.
· Students thrive when given an environment of support, trust and celebration.
· Discipline and respect for the craft of acting as well as respect for fellow company members are required.
· Each student will have a demo reel, headshot, resume and cover letter package at the end of the term.
It is my responsibility to develop and enhance a student’s strengths and to guide him or her towards self-discovery as an artist.