Maritza Vives is an ATI -NYC Theater Independent Artists Award-winning actress born and raised in the city of Santa Fe, Argentina. It was her father, the Santa Fe author and writer Carlos Alberto Vives ("La Gioconda in Patagonia") who transmitted to Maritza her passion for cinema and acting. Her mother suffered from severe depression and so along with her brothers they improvised comic skits to amuse their mother. Her grandparents are of Italian, Spanish and German descent. She was raised in a family with a taste for the arts. She was educated at the Nuestra Señora del Huerto Catholic School and she learned English from a very young age at the Instituto de Lenguas Vivas and the Asociación Cultural Inglesa, institutions located in the city of Santa Fe.
At a very young age, Maritza began putting on theater shows in her neighborhood with her sister Verónica and her childhood friends. Later, as a teenager, she never missed the opportunity to act at any event available at school and she began taking acting classes with Carlos Magnone at the Rosa Galisteo Museum in the city of Santa Fe.
At age 20, she moved from her native Santa Fe to Buenos Aires to go to college. She attended the University of Buenos Aires where she graduated with a BA in Political Science. In addition, she did extensive acting training with Osmar Núñez, María Onetto, James Murray, Carlos Evaristo, Irem Becker and Carlos Mangone.
She has participated in numerous plays such as “El Gesto de Gala” (by the award-winning actor and director Osmar Núñez), “El Des-Órden de las Cosas” (written, produced, acted and directed by Maritza), “Between Daylight and Boonville "," The Routine "," Venetian Carnival ". She was also a radio host on “El Barrio Escondido” for FM La Tribu and a guest reporter for cable TV on I-SAT Television.
In Buenos Aires she married and her first daughter was born. In 2003 she moved to the United States with her family.
In the United States, Maritza was a founding member of the Relapse Theater in the city of Atlanta, Georgia and a founding member of the John Paul II Cultural Center of the Immaculate Conception Church in Somerville, New Jersey. She continued her acting training at the acclaimed HB Studio in New York City and improv at The Peoples Improv Theater also in NYC and is a graduate of the New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts acting program.
Her theater credits include: "Hay Un País en el Mundo" (NYC and Montreal), "Secretos de Mujeres" (ATI Award), "No Hay Ladrón que por Bien No Venga", The Seagull”, “Old Times”, “Controlling Interest”, “Jump”, “Your Mother’s Butt”, “It Had To be You”, “Three Ways Home”,” International Tour” and “Lasting Impressions”.
In film her credits include the award-winning short Film “The Dispensable”, "Around the Corner", “El Pelotudo”, “Mr. Bucky”, “Peel”, Two Years”, “The Problem of Happiness”, “The Sorority” and “Pic- Nic and a Stroll”.
Maritza has worked in the science fiction series "Cause Unknown" and "The Sisterhood Legacy" (Amazon Prime Video) directed and produced by Jay Pickens who promotes ethnic diversity in casting.
She has been a member of the improv troupes “The JaCKPie Theater Workshop”, “The Relapse Theater” and “Let’s Try This!” with whom she did numerous improv shows in the city of Atlanta. She has also done commercials and industrial work.
DIRECTION, PRODUCTION, SCRIPTWRITER AND INVESTIGATION
Maritza is the actress, scriptwriter, producer and director of the play “El Desórden de las Cosas”, an original investigation in performance format on the writings of the French philosopher Michael Foucault. It was presented in 2001 at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires and received praise from the academic circle of the Department of Political Science.
In 2004, she applied for a Master's Degree in Performance Studies at New York University (NYU) to analyze social behavior through theater, although she was admitted, she could not study due to lack of financial resources. However, she still considers theater as a powerful tool for analyzing social problems.
Maritza has also been director of the Hispanic “Via Crucis” in the churches of the Sacred Heart in the city of Atlanta and of the Immaculate Conception in Somerville, New Jersey; and the character creation coach for the plays "La Virgen de Guadalupe" (2019, Diocese of Metuchen), "A Christmas Carol" (2008) and "A Man for all Seasons" (2010 and 2011) presented by John Paul II Ministry of Cultural Arts at the Little Theater in Somerville, New Jersey.
In 2016, she won the ATI (New York City Theater Independent Artists) Award for best supporting actress for her role “Pura” in the play “Secretos de Mujeres” directed by Edison Carrera.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic began and until today, Maritza, together with her friend and actress Gabriela Giusti, created, produced, wrote and interpreted the comedy web series "Gemelas Onassis" (The Onassis Twins, WGAE Certificate). They rehearse and record through Zoom and post the episodes on YouTube, Instagram and FB. So far, their fans are having a lot of fun. The web series along with the interviews appeared on Comedy Network Live https://www.thenativesociety.com/questionables/2020/8/19/maritza-vives-comedian-amp-actress and https://www.thenativesociety.com/one-on-one/2020/11/23/maritza-vives-amp-gabriela-giusti
Maritza currently lives in New Jersey with her husband and three daughters. She feels blessed and very grateful for her happy life as a mother, actress, and wife.