Maria Broom, narratorMaria Broom is an actress, dancer and storyteller. She has completed a breadth of work in film, television, media, dance, theatre, therapy and education. Ms. Broom had a recurring role on HBO’s The Wire, HBO’s mini-series The Corner and also appeared in NBC’s Homicide: Life on the Streets and The West Wing. Ms. Broom has starred in numerous theatre productions in Baltimore and beyond including Center Stages’ Les Blancs, Theatre Hopkins’ Racing Demon/Pericles, and Henry Street Playhouses’ Pass It On.

Ms. Broom currently works as an Instructor in the Theater Department of Baltimore School for the Arts. She also works as “The Story Mother” telling stories at schools, libraries, camps, conferences and more. Her other work includes teaching therapeutic dance classes and stress management to women, children and veterans. Additionally, Ms. Broom performed in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Women of the World (WOW) Festival in 2012.

Ms. Broom received a Fulbright Scholarship from Morgan State University to Berlin Dance Academy. She also attended UCLA where she studied the dance arts of Bali, India, Japan and Java, and she received her Masters in Dance Therapy from Goucher College. Ms. Broom was the former dance artist in residence at Fisk University of Nashville, Tennessee, and has served as a guest instructor at various schools including Johns Hopkins University, MICA, Peabody Preparatory and Vanderbilt University.

Ms. Broom has a long list of achievements for her artistic performances. In 2004, she received the Governor’s Arts Award for Individual Artist, and in 2007 she was named the Young Audiences of Maryland’s Artist of the Year. In 2011, Ms. Broom was the recipient of the Zeta Phi Beta Award for Woman of the Year in Cultural Arts.