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About Maria

I was meant to be a writer -- and to write visually. I have a purpose. And writing dramatically is my purpose. I was a professional dancer for many years before becoming a screenwriter, playwright and novelist. I studied flamenco, ballet and jazz and traveled as a soloist throughout the U.S., Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. I was born in Washington, D.C. of Hispanic parents and am bilingual (Spanish and English).

I grew up around people of many countries, learning the idiosyncrasies of their cultures. Because of my background, I bring diversity into my work.

My unique voice comes from who I am: An American of Hispanic heritage who was a professional dancer, has always been an avid movie-goer and enjoys story-telling in multiple genres that will lift the human spirit. I love to create multifaceted characters who portray ordinary people facing difficult situations to become extraordinary. Whenever needed, I'm able to employ powerful Hispanic characters and storylines. As a former professional dancer and if the project requires it, I bring the knowledge of my stage background. I can write commercial material for adults, as well as for children that will touch all movie-going audiences.

I am passionate, dedicated, dependable and prolific.

I was a professional dancer for many years before becoming a screenwriter and a playwright. I studied flamenco, ballet and jazz and traveled as a soloist throughout the U.S., Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. Although I have a dancer’s spirit, my passion is writing. As a journalist, I wrote for several publications. Being a story-teller, I love to write in many genres. My stories portray ordinary people who face difficult situations and become extraordinary.

I’m a member of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights and the Dramatists Guild of America. I have a published supernatural thriller novel, "Living Shadow"; a Journalism Degree; completed coursework in Theatre, film and television and am a ScreenwritingU Alum. My website is marialsoriano.com.

Twitter: @msoriano120
Facebook: maria.soriano.73550
Facebook Page: Living Shadow By Maria Soriano

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Credits

  • New Hire

    New Hire (2017)
    Film (Short and Drama) Writer A new mental patient stops by the office.

  • Partners

    Partners (2017)
    Film (Short and Drama) Writer Rookie LAPD detective must convince a Medal of Valor detective to accept her as a partner.

Awards

  • Action-adventure Screenplay "The Grand Alchemist" quarterfinalist in 2017 Zoetrope contest
    (2017)

  • "Shalimar" Grand Prize winner, Family, Screenplay Festival
    (2016)

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