Maria has been actively involved in entertainment and the arts for over 20 years. Her multi-disciplinary expertise includes work as an award-winning director, producer, writer as well as an entrepreneur, and acting coach. She has served as an advocate, speaker, committee and board member for such organizations as the Youth Biz Alliance, NYSTEA, EdTA, Breaking Into Hollywood, BOCES - Arts in Education, Kids for Kids Productions, Cinema At The Edge, Sundance Film Festival panel speaker and much more. Maria hopes to be an example to other females entering the entertainment industry specifically that age and gender DO NOT matter. As a woman over 40, she has been able to write, direct, and produce her own content along with getting hired to take projects from Development through Post Production and sales in various roles.
In 2012 Maria formed Cappricielli Inc., a multi-faceted production company that creates a wide array of entertaining and socially conscious film, video, theatre, and music content. Through Cappricielli Productions, she has co-produced the award-winning music videos, screenplays, short films, and feature films.
Recently she produced the award-winning music video HURRICANE performed by artist RAFFAELA and featuring Emmy awarding winning rapper CHRIS REDD (Saturday Night Live). HURRICANE won for Best Music Video Award and Grand Jury Award for an Artist award-winning performance feature film REACH starring Garret Clayton, Jordan Doww, Corbin Bernsen, and Kevin Sizemore which was nominated for best feature, best screenplay at the Westfield International Film Festival. in the award-winning feature film REACH starring Garrett Clayton, Jordan the Hollywood & Vine Film Festival. In 2018, Maria returned to the stage directing and producing, PIZZA & WHINE which had its world premiere at the New York Theatre Festival and the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Returning from a successful stage premiere, in 2019 Maria co-wrote, directed, and produced PIZZA & WHINE the feature film starring Terri Polo, Nicholas Turturro, Robert Davi, and Jared Sandler. In addition to her own film, Maria also Produced DIVOS! Starring Nicole Sullivan and Marissa Jaret Winokur and released, co-wrote Doww, Corbin Bernsen, and Kevin Sizemore which was nominated for best feature, best screenplay at the Westfield International Film Festival.