Maria is a writer, director, and creative producer for various forms of entertainment and edutainment projects:

  • performing arts, including site-specific, immersive, and multi-sensory performances
  • circus shows and festivals,
  • film and multimedia exhibitions.

In 2021 Maria became a participant of the 6th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Arts. Director and Co-Writer of the multi-modal performance “Continuous Mapping”, she conducted a psycho-geographic study and re-imagined the emotional landscapes of the city of Yekaterinburg in Russia.

Awards and recognition

2020International Esoteric Film Festival Finalist, The Daily Dreamer (2019)
2018Laureate of Avicom Festival of Audiovisual International Multimedia Patrimony
2017Golden Mask Theater Award long list, CARGO.MOSCOW site-specific theatre show (Executive Producer)
2014Slava Polunin’s Carnival of Colors, Director of the festival

Professional experience/Highlights

2005-PresentFreelance Multidisciplinary Creator in Performing Arts, Immersive Experiences and Film
2022LOCUS PRAXIS (worldwide)
Scriptwriter and director of sight-specific performances and local practices.
2021-PresentDiana Vishneva Foundation (Moscow, Russia)
Creative Producer, Film Program Curator
2021Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art (Yekaterinburg, Russia)
Director and Co-Writer of a site-specific experience project: Continuous Mapping
2019Downtown Film Festival (Los Angeles, CA)
Programming Team
2017State Historical Museum (Moscow, Russia)
Co-Director and Producer of a short film: Your History, Your Museum
2016-17Impresario. Producing Theatre Company (Moscow, Russia)
Executive Producer of site-specific theatre projects:
– CARGO.MOSCOW
– A Game Of You
2016WOWHOW Children’s Edutainment Show (Moscow, Russia)
First Assistant Director of the show
2015Moscow Prom Ball 2015 (Moscow, Russia)
Executive Producer and Casting Director of the project
2014Slava Polunin’s Carnival of Color (Moscow, Russia)
Creative Producer, Director
2013-14Cinizelli Circus (Saint-Petersburg, Russia)
Head of the Development Department, Deputy Artistic Director
2013-14“SMIT – Sixty Seconds to Future” Biennale of Hitech and Innovations (Moscow, Russia)
Co-Director and Scriptwriter of event section
2009-13Russian State Circus Company (Moscow, Russia)
Creative Producer, Director

Education

Lomonosov Moscow State University Master’s Degree in Philosophy and Religious studies
1999-2005

MOSFILM Studios career extension program
Film Directing and Management
2005

Moscow Through The Engineer’s Eye
Tour Guide School
2015

UCLA Extension
Directing and Theatrical Production Certificate
2018-2019