Although nationally recognized as an actress for her recurring roles in HBO’s The Wire and The Corner, Maria Broom is also a storyteller and dancer with more than forty years of performing and teaching across the globe, and now, the author of The Village Bully. A Fulbright Scholar, an OSI Fellow, and a former featured news reporter for Baltimore's WJZ TV... Maria has received many awards and honors including the Eubie Blake Award, the Sarah’s Circle Award and the 2004 Governor's Arts Award for Individual Artist. She was named Artist of the Year in 2007 by Young Audiences/Arts for Learning. Currently, Maria is on the theater faculty at the Baltimore School for the Arts, a guest instructor for Peabody Preparatory and Center Stage, and is the host for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's popular Music Box series.