Maria Nicolacakis

Los Angeles Affiliated Faculty
Pronouns: (She/Her/Hers)
Maria Nicolacakis
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Maria Nicolacakis is a SAG/AFTRA performer, writer, and educator with over twenty years of experience in the arts. As an educator she has worked with diverse populations, from at-risk teens in the city, to college students at USC, CalArts, and Emerson College.

Maria’s voice over work spans film, video games, and television, including multiple seasons on Elementary and CSI:New York. She is a founding Ensemble Member of the critically acclaimed Syzygy Theatre Group, the first 99-seat theater company in L.A. to provide full AEA contracts for all mainstage productions. Her first solo show, Sacrament, debuted at the Next Theatre, and in 15 Minutes of Fem at The Egyptian Arena Theater in Hollywood. Her second, Widow Without You, previewed at Expressing Motherhood, and is currently in production. Nicolacakis performed in the world premier of The Center for New Performance’s King Lear, both in Los Angeles and abroad in Dijon, France. Recently, she played an Azerbaijani mother in My Child: Mothers of War, Stage Raw’s “Pick of the Week” at the Hudson Theatre. 

Maria began her career in Chicago, where she performed in numerous plays, humored audiences at the ImprovOlympic, and toured nationally in over 25 shows in repertory.  She is a former dancer, most notably as a guest artist with the New York City Ballet.



B.F.A., Emerson College
M.F.A., California Institute of the Arts