Maria Garcia is a costume designer and performance artist. She’s designed for Theatre of the Oppressed and other Forum theatre companies like Cardboard Citizens, Streetwise Opera and Facefront Theater in the UK. Maria’s costume and performance play is inventive and resourceful, often drawing on her background in devised theater and carnival arts. Her interdisciplinary investigations often center around migration, ‘liveness’ and womanism and feature kinetic/alive costumes, projection, noise, and movement. Other companies in the UK include: English Touring Opera, English National Ballet and Birmingham Opera Company. While in the UK Maria collaborated with Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2009 Best Design award winner theater designer and performance maker Mamoru Iriguchi on several of his live art works including Into the Skirt, which premiered at Mousonturm’s Plateaux Festival (commission) in Frankfurt Germany and One Man Show, Place Prize commission in London UK. Maria has worked in the U.S. since 2014 where she has designed for Laurel Jenkins, Chankethya Chey and Lionel Popkin. Her first performance work, Moon River was co-created with Portuguese Artist Catarina Moreno and has been shown in the UK and U.S. Garcia's most recent work, Impart: Scenes of Abjection, premiered at Highways Performance Space in 2017. The piece was made in collaboration with choreographers and performers, Carol McDowell and Samantha Mohr, as well as cinematographer Wes Cardino, and singer and songwriter Grace Freeman.
Like a Fish out of Water by Seven Sisters Group, World Stage Design Exceptional Achievement across all categories
Designer: Sophie Jump
Costume Supervisor: Maria Garcia
Mincemeat by Cardboard Citizens, Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2009, Best Design
Designer: Mamoru Iriguchi
Costumer: Maria Garcia