ONGOING, BY APPOINTMENT - One-to-One Stand Up and Acting Coaching
The Bill Murray : Training, Islington, United Kingdom
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.
"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
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 the 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” - Davina Bentley
“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.” - Alexander Memus
“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 uniquely funny. 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
"I have been woking with Maria for the past three months as a comedy coach and I could not be happier! Maria brings a street smart wisdom to the London comedy scene in ways I never imagined. She has helped me shape my 5minute set into a cohesive and well thought out set that I am proud to deliver. I think the best part about working with Maria is that I trust her, She is brilliant at helping me take a joke where I thought the punch line was here and realizing that it’s actually something completely different…and always funnier. If you need someone to hand hold you and tell you you’re pretty and funny, go to Starbucks… If you want a caring thoughtful comedy coach, book a session with Maria Shehata right now." - Michael Noel
£50 per hour session. Email Maria at firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
The Bill Murray : Training
39 Queen's Head Street