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Overview (2)

Born in Leningrad, RSFSR, USSR [now St. Petersburg, Russia]
Height 5' 3" (1.6 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Maria Shamkalian (maiden name - Breyman) was born in Leningrad, USSR (now St. Petersburg, Russia). She has a dual Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Communication and a Master's Degree in Education. Maria is a Vice Chair of Pennsylvania Film Industry Association, award-winning filmmaker, writer, SAG-AFTRA actress, and diversity and anti-bullying activist. She also hosts masterclasses with film industry professionals to help aspiring actors and filmmakers turn their dreams into full-time jobs, runs a network of educational centers, organizes annual charity events, and manages a food program that provides free healthy homemade-style meals to over 1200 children from struggling families. Maria also published a rhyming anti-bullying picture book that teaches kids to embrace the beauty of diversity, produced several commercials in support of early childhood education, and directed an award-winning musical short film "Fine Wine" that celebrates the youth of one's spirit at any age.

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Spouse (1)

Nicholas Shamkalian (3 April 2014 - present)

Trivia (4)

Maria wrote her first poem when she was four years old.
Maria's grandfather went to Acting school, but ended up becoming a famous lawyer in Russia. Maria's father published a poetry book, but ended up starting a child day care business in US. Maria took after her father's side and followed both of their passions.
Maria has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Communication and a Master's Degree in Secondary Education with Certification in Communication, English and Psychology.
Maria wrote an anti-bullying rhyming picture book "Sunny, The Yellow Bunny" that teaches children to embrace the beauty of diversity, to treat others kindly, and to love themselves despite any differences.

Personal Quotes (3)

Judging others is putting your level of comfort above their happiness.
We live in the country of opportunities. That alone gives us a head start in this race towards our dreams. Value and take advantage of this privilege!
I do not believe in obstacles. I believe in "I want" and "I can".

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