I have a passion for the Arts and for helping children to become open to enjoying every aspect of them. When teaching I love to incorporate different creative and imaginative techniques so to encourage the children to enjoy what they are learning. I also have a passion for physical activity, I practice Iyengar Yoga daily and was in the British Team for gymnastics until the age of 18 when I decided concentrate my attention on the Arts.
Treehouse International School, Herzliya 2013- 2016 Arts Coordinator Substitute Grade 2 teacher- including writing and directing the school play, "Peter Pan". Art Teacher Grade 6-10- Mounting the Annual Spring Exhibition. Grade 3 Class teacher – on top of this, writing and directing the school play, "The Jungle Book" and coordinating the Spring Music Concert. Grade 4 Class teacher- on top of this, writing and directing the school play, "The Wizard of Oz" as well as coordinating The Spring Art and Music Concert.
Village Nursery 2012 —2013 Nursery School worker I worked in a nursery school developing children from the ages of 1 until 4.
Gretz School, Tel Aviv 2003 —2004 English Teacher I taught English to a large class of first year students.
Beit Lesien Theatre, Tel Aviv 2002 English Adviser I advised and helped several actors with their adaptations of plays from Hebrew to English not only in the translation but also in their performance portrayal.
Acting Experience Theater- selected works The Life and works of Henry Purcell- Southwark Playhouse,London Meet the Boys (with Gillian Gregory, Tony Award winning choreographer)- Oxford Playhouse The Hunchback of Notredame with Lionel Bart Hayfever - Eye Theate, Suffolk (won best supporting actress award in East Anglia) Gentlemen Prefer Blonds - Barbican Theater, London Games in the Backyard -Grange Court theater, Ealing
Television International Commercial for Honda Prime Time sketch show, "Weekend" Channel 2 Broadcasts, Israel
Film Mr Bean - Working Title Productions
QUALIFICATIONS Diploma in Theatre Studies Qualification to teach Recreational Gymnastics to children. 5 O'Levels - English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Home Economics, Geography and French 2 A'levels - English and Theatre Studies Numerous courses in Iyengar Yoga
EDUCATION Musical Theatre Guildford School of Acting and Dance I studied for and gained an Acting Diploma after studying for three years in an accredited Acting School. I consequently worked as an actress in the theatre, in England for 6 years. Productions ranged from Noel Coward to Shakespeare as well as an assortment of Musical Theatre shows.
Maria makes you feel confident with the way you act and only helps you improve. She gives a lot of attention to details that are important and necessary in theater. Thanks to her I passed my audition.
Mrs. Ashkenazi worked with my son on both his singing and acting skills. He felt that Mrs. Ashkenazi was very engaging, knew exactly what to do to help him, and knew what to focus on. He definitely respected her abilities and skills and was grateful for her help.