Maria was born in a Northern Russian town Arkhangelsk. In 2007, she moved to London to study Drama and Theatre Arts at the prestigious Goldsmiths College, University of London. This three-year program has helped Maria develop her directing skills. In 2011, Maria embarked upon an MA Filmmaking course in the world famous London Film School. She has worked on more than twenty London Film School projects not only as a director, but also as a producer and camera operator.