Maura Megan Knowles recently filmed for her first original musical-comedy series, Insult to Injury- Irish Rail Productions. A bi-coastal actor/singer/writer, Maura's talents have led to a wide range of projects, from her roles in Francis Ford Coppola's Gidget, to the award winning rock musical Bare. She has also starred in a number of feature films, sharing the silver screen with Jeffrey Donovan, Laura Prepon, Scott Wolff, Anne Meara, and Warren Beatty, and has been a featured vocalist on numerous CD’s.
In addition to Insult to Injury, Maura’s literary skills have created exciting opportunities, including being one of twelve songwriters accepted into the Mercer Great American Songwriting Program at Northwestern University in Chicago. A published writer in various media, Maura has written for trade publications, magazines and blogs (e.g., The Morselist). Her plays and musicals in development have also been featured in theatre festivals, including The Western Stage's Playwrights' Festival in Salinas, CA.
Producing credits include the musical web series Insult to Injury, the critically acclaimed world premiere of Jay Duffer's play, Big Girl, Little World at the International Fringe Festival in New York City, the award-winning Musical Theatre Guild’s Lucky Stiff, Blood Brothers, and 70 Girls 70 in Los Angeles, CA, and salons/concerts with the Irish American Writers & Artists in New York.
On the set of her first job in Los Angeles, Maura caught the eye of Warren Beatty, who upgraded her to a featured role in the film Bulworth. She's been active in the business ever since, guest starring on hit television shows such as Stitchers, Law & Order, Special Victims Unit, Medium, Lie to Me, Numbers, E.R., Girlfriends, Titus, Providence, Becker, andThe Young and the Restless. She's also booked recurring roles on the new series Common Ground, Just Sayin’ and The Bold and the Beautiful. Pilots include What Would Trejo Do (Danny Trejo).
Maura was inspired to write Insult to Injury based on her own life and death experiences, turning to her Irish American comedy roots. She believes that a balanced life is important, as it enriches the life of all artists. An avid traveler, a.k.a, The Wanderlust Queen, her singing career has taken her across the globe, inspiring her to trek throughout Europe with a recent visit to her motherland. She's also traveled to Ireland, Greece, Turkey, Bali, Thailand, Japan, China, Africa, the Seychelles, the Caribbean, Mexico, Costa Rica, Peru, French Polynesia, Canada, and throughout most of the United States including Hawaii and Alaska. Her guiding philosophy "It's not what happens to you in life. It's how you deal with it. Well, at least most of the time.”
Maura, Mo, the Morselist, is the C.E.O. and founder of Mac-n-Mo’s, a Morselicious healthy baking company created in honor of her dad, Mac, and an International Integrative Board Certified Health Coach (A.A.D.P.). She is actively involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and has served on the host committee for Dr. Oz's non- profit organization, HealthCorps. You can find out more about her at her website www.mauramknowles.com, and see more of her work by checking out her YouTube Channel.
Name: Maura Knowles
Lives in: Los Angeles, California
Occupation: Actor, Casting Director, Playwright, Producer, Singer, Songwriter and Voice Actor