Maria Bacardi (formerly Maria Pessino) is an actress, singer, artist and poet who was born in Cuba in 1957. She left Cuba as a young child to be brought up and educated in Europe. She currently lives and works in East Hampton, New York where she has raised her family since 1990.
Maria Bacardi has been on stage her whole life. In the past year, she has embarked on the path of a new creative endeavor, which takes the form of song. This venture adds to her artistic, theatric and directorial oeuvre and marks her first professional foray into singing. Beginning with the traditional Cuban songs her mother sang while in exile in Spain, Maria Bacardi released her first, full length album, Deseo, in early 2013.
I am not in Cuba. Cuba is in me. – Maria Bacardi, from forthcoming album, Deseo
Maria Bacardi is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Oddfellows Playhouse, a not-for-profit artist’s theater company, which instigates new work and uses alternative indoor and outdoor stages throughout many locations in the Hamptons.
In the past thirty years, she has played numerous roles in many theater productions in New York City and in the Hamptons including Woyzek by Georg Büchner, at BAM directed by Robert Wilson, One Thousand Avant Garde Plays, by Kenneth Koch, Cote d’Azur Triangle, by Harry Kondoleon, Joan of Arc, by Uni Dahr and John Morrow, Behold and Reflect and Systole and Diastole by Maria Pessino (Maria Bacardi), The Lost Lesson by Joan Marie Moossy, as well as directing many productions of Oddfellows Playhouse.
In addition to singing and developing theater works, Maria Bacardi constructs magic environments inside boxes –Troves-, shown in numerous galleries of the Hamptons and New York City.
Maria Bacardi is founder and honorary co-chair of the Community Board of Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center and spearheads a multitude of theatrical workshops involving the East End youth.
She holds a Bachelors Degree of Arts from New York University in Drama Therapy and Psychodrama.