Maria Brandt teaches Creative Writing at Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York. Her short plays have been finalists with Boston’s Theatre Marathon, Los Angeles’ Moving Arts Festival, London’s Over Here Theatre Company, Fort Lauderdale’s The Women’s Theatre Project, and Buffalo’s Subversive Shorts Festival; produced by The Bridge Theatre Company in Boston, Out of Pocket Productions in Rochester, Everyone’s Theatre Company in Rochester, and Boog City in NYC; read by Geva Theatre in Rochester and the Last Frontier in Alaska; and published by InDigest, Shark Reef, and Chamber Four. Her full-length plays The Cell and Swans were featured at MuCCC’s New Play Festival, and The Cell also was featured at Geva Theatre’s Festival of New Theatre. Maria edited Pam Mills’ posthumous memoir Kamastone (Jaded Ibis Press 2015); her short fiction and creative nonfiction has been published in Rock & Sling, Arts & Letters, VIDA, Prime Number Magazine, The Lindenwood Review, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Mom Egg Review, Cleaver, River and South Review, and upstreet; her collection New York Plays was published by Heartland Plays in 2015, and her novella, All the Words, is the winner of the 2014 Grassic Short Novel Prize and was published by Evening Street Press, also in 2015. Maria currently is working on a short-fiction collection and is a member of the Dramatists Guild and AWP.
Maria is a founding member of Straw Mat, an active writers circle in Rochester. She lives just outside Highland Park with her son William and two cats.