MARIA L. SORIANO

WRITER

Screenplays, Teleplays, Plays, Novels

Over Two-Dozen Screenplays, Plays, & TV Pilots

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Maria L. Soriano

I was a professional dancer for many years before becoming a screenwriter, playwright and novelist. I studied flamenco, ballet and jazz and traveled as a soloist throughout the U.S., Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. Although I have a dancer’s spirit, my passion is writing. As a journalist, I wrote for several publications. Being a story-teller, I love to write in many genres, i.e. action-thrillers, supernatural & psychological thrillers, comedy, family drama and fantasy/ adventure. My stories portray ordinary people who face difficult situations and become extraordinary.

I’m a member of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights and the Dramatists Guild of America. I have a Journalism Degree, have completed coursework in Theatre, film and television and am a ScreenwritingU Alum. I have over 20 years in the entertainment industry. I’ve worked at Walt Disney Studios in the Script Clearance Department and at Marshall-Plumb Associates as a Legal Script Researcher.

FILMMAKER WITH GROUND SQUIRREL ENTERTAINMENT

Producer, writer of short film “Lie In Wait” (IMDB)
Writer of Short film “Partners” (IMDB)
Writer of Short film “New Hire” (IMDB)
Producer, writer of “Precious, The Cat Vlogger” – Webseries on YouTube

AWARDS

Action-adventure Screenplay “The Grand Alchemist,” quarter finalist in 2017 Zoetrope Screenplay Contest
Screenplay “SHALIMAR,” won the Grand Prize in the Movie Script Family Category in the 2016 Screenplay Festival
Action-adventure Screenplay; “Cargo Jack,” finalist at the 2015 Hollywood and Vine Film
Festival and quarter finalist in the 2016 Screencraft Action Thriller Film Contest

Screenplay Sci-fi thriller “Megahertz Kid,” selected and included in 2016 Beverly Hills Film Festival
“Eye For Eye,” produced by Coast To Coast Productions

STAGE PLAYS

One-act play, “Bliss,” produced at L.A.’s Empty Stage
“Two Sensitive Guys,” produced at the Avery Schreiber Theatre
“Blame It on the Full Moon,” participated in ALAP Annual Reading Festival
Comedy play “Wine, Women and Aromas,” winner at Stages Repertory  in Houston, TX, Hispanic Playwrights Festival
Drama, “Pray, Pray, Pray,” produced by the Vagabond Players Theatre Company
Dance ballet “L.A. Journey,” played in the production of “Jazz Dance L.A.” at the Alex Theater in Glendale, CA
Musical “Life Is a Song An’ Dance,” played at Los Angeles Valley College’s Horseshoe Theatre

MY NOVEL:

LIVING SHADOW

Nothing appears to be what it seems… Decipher the mystery by delving into Angela’s gripping supernatural world. Fifteen-year-old Angela must choose between two paths. Should she graduate to the prestigious university located in the distant luminescent Higher Lands or should she give in to the temptation to follow her cool and new exciting friends, Jagger and his gang of Shadows, barbarians from the dark and dangerous Lower Lands? Having been kept a secret from her family by her mother, Angela realizes that, if she graduates, the transition will take her even farther away from them. Jagger and the Shadows promise Angela that they will unite her with her family, only if she joins them. Little does Angela know that Jagger, filled with lust, intends to drag Angela down to the Lower Lands, and Angela may never come back.

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