Maria Fontanals

 actress
Bio

“She has a full emotional instrument, ample courage, and a rare ability to empathize and embody a range of characters. She is an actress, without doubt.”

Mark Blum

American stage, television and screen actor

I realized that to truly be an actor is a great privilege. The chance to hold a mirror to the world. What an honor it is to be a vessel for stories. To be allowed to inhabit so many lives. Acting is less about talking loudly, and more about listening closely.

As an actor, I’m interested in truths. I’m interested in playing someone so that audience could say: “Yes! I feel that way too, I’m not alone.” Whether the motive is to make the audience respond with empathy or laughter, fear or delight, the important thing is that they feel something. To huddle close around the fire, and let the storyteller inspire wonder.

I was born and grew up in the beautiful city of Barcelona. Theater has been in my blood since early childhood. My earliest memories began as a child doing in-home dramatic presentations with my three brothers for our parents.

Although, I began my career working in corporate finance following my graduation with a BS in Economics from the UPF University, my interest in theater never wained. While working, I nurtured my acting avocation by earning a BFA from Conservatory of Dramatic Arts Eolia  and performing in several productions in Barcelona. Ultimately, my inner voice nagged relentlessly prodding me to leave the security of my corporate post and pursue my passion for acting in earnest. I set out for New York’s prestigious HB Studio and was awarded a full scholarship to enroll in their Core Training program in acting. Once immersed in the HB Studio’s intensive study of acting, and exhilarated by the inspirational professionals teaching the experiential curriculum, I finally found my groove!. Currently I feel proud that I am part of the faculty member at HB Studio as well as a member of their Artistic Council.

As an actress, I have an extensive experience on stage. I have performed leading roles with renowned Off Broadway theaters such as Repertorio Español, Teatro Cí­rculo, Theater for the New City, Dixon Place, IATI, HB Playwrights Foundation, Teatro SEA, to name a few. In Film and TV, I played the lead role for the criminal series Six Degrees of Murder (ID Discovery Channel). I was part of the cast from the film The Middle of Somewhere, winner of the Royal Film Award 2018 and I was also cast in the short film Latiner, Selected Official for the Latino Short Film Festival. In voice over I was thrilled to be the voice for the Super Wings: Barcelona Birdhouse.

Within the past years, I have been nominated as Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor by the Hispanic Organization Latin Actors in 2023, I have also been awarded as Oustanding Actress by Tribute and Contribute Award in 2023, the national ATI Award 2022 for Best Classic Theater Actress – ATI Award 2020 for Best Actress – Latin ACE Award 2019 for Best Drama Actress – HOLA Award 2018 and 2017 for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor – ATI Award 2018 for Best Actress – FUERZAFest Award 2017 for Best Actress – Latin ACE Award 2017 for Best Comedic Actress.

 “I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being”. Oscar Wilde

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