Maria Riboli was born and raised in Pesaro, Italy, a beautiful town on the Adriatic sea.
She started to act at the age of 6, and she immediately felt in love with it.
In Italy she worked and studied with some of the biggest artists from all over the world starting with Fabrizio Bartolucci, Aldo Vivoda (Theater du Soleil, Paris), Theater Academy "Viera Kamissergevscaia", Makio and Norinaga Umewaka ("No"Theater, Japan), Caesar Brie, Pier Paolo Calzolari and Judith Malina (The Living Theater), just to name a few.
And with The Living Theater she came to New York City in 1998. At that time she was touring with the company in Italy ("Mysteries and the smaller pieces" and "Not in my name") and Judith Malina asked her to go with them to NY for a show ("Capital Changes")...a week later Maria was in the Big Apple and she finally felt at home.
Here in New York she studied for more than 3 years at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute under the guidance of some of the most talented teachers in NY like Robert Castle, Dan Grimaldi, Penny Du Pont and many more.
Maria has hosted a TV show for "Cult Network Italia Channel". It was produced & shot in Manhattan, providing international cinema, documentaries & programs for one of Italy's premier cable networks: Stream. Maria hosted and narrated over 500 segments and was the sole voice & on-air personality for the channel.
Other credits include: Miss Julie, Betrayal, Talk to me like the rain, Dolores, Antigone and more. She is been very active in theater and films.
Maria is also teaching acting here in New York.(Maria Riboli Acting Studio)
Her latest project was BAAAHHH!!!
She was the executive producer, co-director and female lead in this amazing satire about bureaucracy.
The show was accepted at the Fringe festival FringeNYC in August 2007, and then got extended for the month of September at the Payan theater, in the hearth of the theater district in New York.
In May 2008 she was able to take the show to London where they performed a stage reading in front of producers at the historic Pleasance Theater.
Just a month later she was on stage as the lead (Rachel) in “The Baby Dance” (at the Director’s Company) directed by Thomas Ryan.
After that she was in a staged reading of the Broadway production of “Irena’s Vow” (directed by Michael Parva) as Irena. She was understudying Tovah Feldushuh.
Most recently she was cast as the lead character in "The White Train" written and directed by Shana Solomon at the Director's Company.
Her latest leading role in a theater project was at the IMPACT 2012 Festival “Stuff we make” directed by Shana Solomon.
Maria is also a professional voice over artist.
She recorded for Verizon, an Italian application for the IPhone, a documentary about Munich(MetroMoods Film), an on-line Italian dictionary(Ectaco), many language learning programs (NY Audio & Paul Ruben Productions), most recently she's been taping numerous voice overs for Rosetta Stone (she's their female Italian voice)
and a TV voice over of Barilla.
Maria is currently the spokesperson and Director of Beauty and Wellness for Borghese (). Maria is working for them on liveTv on EvineLive.
Her latest theater project was "Want & Need" (). She produced, directed and starred in this great love story from a guy point of view. It was a sold out and a very successful run!
Soon after Maria directed the web series "Catch 30".
In March 2013 Maria directed "Family of strangers" (), written by John Pastore. It was another sold out run in the heart of NYC.
In June 2013 she directed the video portion of the Off Broadway show "Tesla", directed by Sanja Bestic.
At the end of June Maria got back on stage for "If they let us" directed by Shana Solomon.
In January 2014 Maria teamed up again with writer John Pastore to bring to the stage, in an Off Broadway run, his dark comedy "Panic at the Riverside Motel" ().
Maria is now in post production with the short film "Locked in you" () written by Marqus Bobesich, once again she directed, produced and starred in this very compelling story of love, loss and hope.
In April 2015 Maria directed and produced another short film, written by Kirsten Russell, "Meet me here"(), and it's now in post production.
Maria Will be back directing "Rabbit Hole" by David Lindsay-Abaire, on stage in NYC in October 2015 for Full Spectrum Theater Company ()
2015 is a very busy year for here with 3 more shorts in direct and produce.
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