One-to-One Stand Up and Acting Coaching
Maria Shehata is an award-winning comedian, director, and actor, with over
ten years of experience performing in New York City, LA, and London. She is
winner of Best Comedian at the Hollywood Festival of New Cinema, Best
Comedy at the Miami Web Fest, where she was nominated for Best Actress.
Maria was voted one of the 5 Best New Acts of the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe by
the 99 Club.
"Maria has superb instincts. She got my ready for my Mindy Project audition
- even suggested I did it in my native British accent. Thank god she did!"
- Ed Weeks
"After Maria helped me hone my material for a competition, I got through to
the final! She gave me confidence in the material which I really needed” -
I love Maria Shehata, she is funny on and off stage…she is a truly unique
comedian and I miss watching her work.” - Bill Burr
“I came to Maria without any material and without any clue what I’m doing.
Despite this not ideal setup, Maria helped me to feel heard and understood.
She gave me cool writing exercises so I stopped staring at the blank page.
She’s the best teacher I’ve ever had, and I’m very grateful to her.” -
“I have always been hesitant about people offering comedy courses or
training, through the fear that they would just seek to make my material
formulaic and generic. So when I started sessions with Maria, I was amazed
with how quickly she not only understood where I wanted to take my material
but knew exactly how to help me to get there. Maria doesn’t impose rules,
cliches or guidelines but endeavours to help you understand what makes you
Through our sessions I have been able to develop my work at a faster and
more accurate rate then I could alone. She’s helped me find the core of my
bits even when I couldn’t see it myself, been a creative sounding board for
new material, taught me ways to craft and structure my sets, sharpen and
polish my setups and punchlines, expand my best material for a long-form
show and I could seriously describe the benefits of her sessions forever.
The objectivity Maria brings and the motivating way in which she does it
has really allowed me to make constant progress. There aren’t many
comedians like Maria out there so if you have the opportunity to have
regular sessions with her, grasp it with both hands.” - Kallis Kyriacou
Looking for personalized stand up coaching? Maria will work with you on
joke writing, set structure, and stage presence.
Have an upcoming audition or want to sharpen your acting skills? Maria will
work with you on script analysis, character breakdown, and audition
technique to find your own unique way into the script. She will help you
make strong, intriguing choices casting directors will remember.
£40 per session. Email Maria at
firstname.lastname@example.org to book.