"Our mission is to inspire, create, and deliver entertaining comedy experiences in an intimate theatre setting."

-Maria Dawson (Director)

     Maria Dawson was born and raised on the Monterey Peninsula. She started acting and directing at Monterey Peninsula College. Maria began her teaching career as an intern, under the late Marcia Hovick, and Marianne Rousseau at Children’s Experimental Theatre in Carmel, and mentorship with actor/director John Farmanesh-Boca, before receiving a MAE, with an emphasis in theatre from CSUMB.  

     Maria has been teaching theatre arts to all ages for over 20 years. Her résumé includes the Magic Circle Theatre in Carmel Valley for the late Elsa Con and the School of Dramatic Arts in Carmel. Maria has also been performing live, improvisational theatre for the same amount of time. She was a founding member of Monterey Playback Theatre, Women of Whimsy (WOW), the Mirth O' Matics (MOM), and is a current member of Monterey Comedy Improv. She is now setting her sights on a new adventure of bringing together different genres of local comedic performers to showcase their talents with Comedy Variety Showcase.