ABOUT ANNA MARIA
Anna Maria is an award winning Director, Writer, Actor, and Producer in New York.
In November 2019 she played the role of Queen Gertrude of Denmark in a feature film adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet. Directed by Paul Warner, written by David Vando, and produced by David Wenzel, "Hamlet/Horatio" will be released theatrically later in 2020. A rough cut of the first 15 minutes of the film was submitted to film festivals and won Best Film at: Los Angeles Film Awards, New York Cinematography Awards and Southeast Regional Film Festival. The rough cut also won Best Experimental Film at the Rome Independent Prisma Awards, among others (2020).
Her film, "Stay" has been included in the Official Selections of the Manhattan Film Festival, the Central Florida Film Festival, The NewFilmmakers New York, and has received a Special Mention from the Ouchy Film Awards Winter 2016.
Most recently Anna has produced, co-written, and coached the actors on set of "Life After Her," a 30 minutes film shot in New York, winner of the Platinum Award at the NYC Indie Film Awards 2017. The film has been selected by the Short Corner of the Cannes Film Festival (May 2017) and has also received an Honorable Mention from the Rochester International Film Festival. It has screened at the Grove Film Festival, at the New Hope Film Festival (April 2017), and in July 2017, at the Madrid International Film Festival where it received a nomination for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actress in a Lead Role.
Anna Maria has received a Nomination for Best Actress from the International Festival of Cinema and Technology. In 2015 she played a principal role in Stealing Chanel, a feature directed by Roberto Mitrotti, distributed by Lifetime Network.
She was honored by Sanford Meisner with the exclusive rights to edit the Italian edition of "Sanford Meisner On Acting" - "La recitazione" - published in 2007.
Her work as Director and Actor has been seen at: The Kitchen - for a BAM Event; Vanderbilt Hall of Grand Central Station; Joyce Soho; St. Peter's Church; American Museum of Natural History; Theater for the New City; Access Theater; The Players Club. Collaborations staged with Domenica Cameron-Scorsese; Kevin Bacon and Michael Bacon; Susan Batson, Brian Dennehy, and Roberto Benigni. As a Theater Director, her work has been daring and experimental.
She has Co-Produced "Tribeca in Rome" - a cultural partnership between the Tribeca Film Festival and the Rome Film Festival ‘s first edition- including the Steps and Stars Award received by Robert De Niro. She has also produced Discovering the New Italian Cinema - a film festival presented at the Quad Cinema.
As an Acting Coach, Anna Maria consulted with Domenica Cameron-Scorsese, Alessandra Mastronardi, Kick Kennedy, and Santigold. She was the on-set Acting Coach of "Yelo," a short film directed by Adrien Boublil (Cannes 2013.) She is a member of the senior faculty of The Acting Studio, New York, Inc. and of the New York Film Academy (NYFA.)