Meet Maria Glanz, currently playing Fiona in Things You Can Do July 8-31!
Maria Glanz is an actor, solo performer, writer and teacher. Her works Pu’uhonua (place of refuge) and See Me Naked (nowBeing Naked) garnered her Best of Fest honors at several US & Canadian Fringe Festivals. Her full-length drama VIC (Spirit Made Flesh) won the Richard Hugo House New Play Award. A member of UMO Ensemble, Maria performed in and was one of the lead writers (with Lyam White) for UMO ‘s critically acclaimed FAIL BETTER: Beckett Moves UMO. Maria received an Artist Trust Fellowship in Theatre and was nominated for a Gregory Award for her work as Emily Dickinson in Sound Theatre Company’s The Belle of Amherst.
What was your favorite moment so far working on this piece?
There are a few- both workshops were great. I especially loved doing the first workshop last year with Jena Cane playing Fiona, and having the memory of that with me as we started this production. Also, hanging out with Jonah in the little lobby cubby room.
What images or songs helped inspire your character work for this play?
I’m not sure if it’s directly related, but I’ve been listening to Green Day’s American Idiot on my ferry commute every night. Something about the intense drive of it, especially Jesus of Suburbia, makes me really satisfied.
What future projects are you excited about working on?
I just started writing a new piece. About making out. I’m looking forward to that.
If you could have any superpower what would it be and why?
Hm. Dang. I kinda wish I could make other people do what I want them to do, although I know that is terribly unevolved of me.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given as an artist?
Listen. Be open to surprise.
(those might have been about life, but they’re good for art, too.)
Finish this sentence- “I love theater that…”
Outside of theater, what are you really into right now?
Music. Moving, movement, stretching my body. Documentaries, kinda. And I’m just starting to get into some kind of meditation practice.