Maria's Teaching Biography

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When not improvising in London, Maria performs and teaches at improv festivals internationally, most recently in Estonia, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal & The United States.

A lot of her expertise has also been gathered from world-class instructors over the years as Maria studied with:

Charna Halpern, the founder of iO Chicago and author of Truth in Comedy, who originally developed The Harold with Del Close;

Keith Johnstone; New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade; and The Second City in Chicago.

Maria Peters is one of the Yes Queens, the West End's first female lead improv comedy group.  She also performs in Breaking & Entering, a hugely popular improv duo and creators of The Playground which has grown to be one of London’s most iconic improv nights.

Her solo show, The Science of Cringe, premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and played to sell-out audiences. She also writes for BBC Radio Comedy, appeared on BBC One, and is a regular on the improvised podcast Destination.

On top of over a decade of professional improvising, Maria is also a professional educator. Her varied career encompasses Museum Learning and Personal Professional Development Training which means she's an expert in passing on knowledge in interactive & engaging ways.

Maria creates friendly and relaxed environments to learn in and believes in giving her students all the tools possible to find the JOY of improv for players and the audience alike.