Maria Schirmer Assistant, HIDVL

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Maria Schirmer is an interdisciplinary theater artist, writer, and arts educator. She completed her master’s degree at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study where she researched the intersection of performance and politics and how the arts can be used as a tool for social justice. While at NYU she was awarded a grant from the Center for Multicultural Education and Programs to explore ableism as related to Multiple Sclerosis through a multi-media theatre piece, as well as a Gallatin Global Human Rights Fellowship, which culminated in an eight-week internship with the Jana Sanskriti Center for Theatre of the Oppressed in Kolkata, India. She also holds a BA in theater with a performance concentration from Marymount Manhattan College. For nine years she was involved with the political theater company Stone Soup as a performer and writer and is an alum of the EMERGENYC program at the Hemispheric Institute. In 2016 she was an artist in residence at the Women’s International Study Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Along with her work at the Hemisphere Institute she is a theater and creative writing teaching artist with Opening Act and Community Word Project. Currently she is an ensemble member of the movement installation ON DISPLAY with Heidi Latsky Dance, which has been performed at various locations across the northeast including Lincoln Center, the Whitney Museum, Hurleyville Arts Center, and the United Nations.