I was born and raised in South Philly, the home of Adrianne and Rocky. My mother still lives in the little row house I grew up in, not far from Lincoln Financial Field and Geno’s famous cheese steaks.

An acting teacher once said that acting chooses you. You do not choose it. I agree with her. As a young child, I always knew I could entertain people, but I never thought much beyond that. In fact, I had another career as an editor and writer.

But acting kept nipping at my heels, reminding me to take note, to pay attention. And one day, I did. Since then, I’ve relished its joys, experienced its disappointments and played its characters. A true art form, acting continually calls me to be my best self.

It is a privilege to be one of the chosen people.


Maria Wolf, a member of Actors’ Equity, most recently originated the role of Leah Lavin in the play, An Incident at Peniel, written by Daniel Beller and directed by Jennifer Tuttle. In this drama, she played the part of a brilliant physician who faced a moral dilemma. In the end, she chose a course of action that had life-changing repercussions.

In addition, she has performed in staged readings around New York City, including Life & Other Disasters, written by playwright Julie Richardson, at the Stella Adler Studio.

Regional credits include Aunt Ev, (The Miracle Worker) Lyssa (An American Daughter), Sunny Jacobs (The Exonerated), Vita Sackville-West (Vita and Virginia), Mary McCarthy (Imaginary Friends), Lotte Schoen (Lettice and Lovage) and June (Madagascar). She’s also understudies lead roles include Constance (The Constant Wife), Lise (The Magic Fire), Lane (The Clean House) and Barbara (Nickel and Dimed).

Maria has had lead roles in crime shows, including Deadliest Decade, Grave Secrets and Evil Lives Here, the most watched TV show on Investigation Discovery. She also had supporting roles in several web series and indie films, including Skin Diving, which will be on the festival circuit in early 2019.


Praise for Maria Wolf’s work in The Balcony

The play’s dominant figure is still the brothel madam, Irma (Maria Wolf) who directs all the performances in her house of mirrors, fantasies, role-playing and illusions—and does so superbly.
The principle actors serve well, led by a bravura Maria Wolf in the complex role of Madame Irma. She’s a businesswoman, and if she strikes a pose it’s because she’s in the business of posing.
Maria Wolf is an appropriately arch Irma.

Maria Wolf in Office Politics

Maria Wolf as the boss (Karen) captures the intelligence and the heart of a woman succeeding in a man's world. I did not watch actors acting at Office Politics. I watched people living.
The acting in this production is very brave and pulls back the layers of each of the characters in order to get to the heart of the matter.
Office Politics is a timely work. … Very well acted … by Maria Wolf.
Laura CaparottiLaVoce di New York

Maria Wolf in The Exonerated

“Maria Wolf is powerful as Sunny Jacobs, who was accused, along with her boyfriend, for murdering two policemen. He was executed. Her children had to go to foster care, yet she isn’t overwhelmed with bitterness.”

“Thanks to six incredible performances and six real lives, “The Exonerated” is still an extraordinarily powerful play.”

“The lead actors do not over-do their performances, even though their stories have their share of melodrama. The performances are all the more powerful because of that.”

Jane HolahanLancaster Newspapers Inc.


Theater: New York City
Life & Other DisastersBrooke (s/r)Stella Adler Studio
An Incident at PenielDr. Leah Lavin (principal)Crossways Theater
The BalconyMadame IrmaHorizon Theater Rep.
The President PlaysChief of Staff (s/r)Urban Stages
Talk to MeDr. Marks (s/r)Megan Bussiere
Inappropriate RelationshipCharlotte, LoisOne Wild Jew Prod.
Full of GraceMargie Winters & ensemble95 North Productions
Office PoliticsKaren (principal)Long View Theater Co.
The Un-AugurationCorporal & Jin (s/r)29th St. Playwrights
Camp Mommy (short-play festival)CarolESPA/Primary Stages
Theater: Regional (Selected)
Mother/DaughterDaughterEarlie Bird Productions
The Miracle WorkerAunt EvMedia Theatre
The Ibsen Project: A Lonely LightSuzannah IbsenMasterbuilder Productions
The ExoneratedSunny JacobsTheater of the Seventh Siste
The Constant WifeConstance (u/s)Walnut Street Theatre
Lettice and LovageLotte SchoenIsis Productions
Vita & VirginiaVita Sackville-WestIsis Productions
WintertimeHilda & Bertha (u/s)Wilma Theater
Nickel and DimedBarbara (u/s)Phila. Theatre Co.
Les Liaisons DangereusesMadame de Volanges (u/s)Wilma Theater
Deadliest DecadeLeadLion TV/ID
Evil Lives HereLeadRed Marble Media/ID
Grave SecretsLeadRed Marble Media/ID
Skin DivingSupportingVictoria deMartin
Acting Training
Advanced Acting: T. Schreiber Studio, Peter Jensen, Ongoing, Fall 2017, Winter, 2018
Advanced On-Camera/Self-Tape: Roz Coleman, NYC, Spring, Summer, Fall 2016 & Summer 2017
Tennessee Williams Master Class: Karen Kohlhaas, NYC, Atlantic Theater Co., Fall 2015
Advanced Scene Study: Reed Birney/Scott Freeman Studio, NYC, Fall 2014, Winter 2015
Advanced Acting: ESPA/Primary Stages, NYC, Reed Birney, Summer 2014
Advanced Shakespeare, The Pearl Conservatory, NYC, Fall 2012
Ibsen, Chekhov, Shaw, Strindberg, The Pearl Conservatory, NYC, July/August 2012