MAURA DHU STUDI has worked in the entertainment industry since her teens, both as a performer and in production. In 2013 she received an Emmy for writing Silver Bullet Productions Emmy Award winning documentary “Canes Of Power”. As an actress she has appeared on television, film and stage. She studied acting at HB Studio, The Strasberg Institute, American Theater Arts Conservatory, and with Joan Darling. She currently teaches a Film Acting & Scene Study Class in Santa Fe.
Also a singer, Maura has performed with her jazz group in New York, Los Angeles and Santa Fe, and with the rock band Firecat Of Discord, at the Ryman Auditorium (Nashville), Fillmore West (San Francisco), The Paolo Soleri Amphitheater and Lensic (Santa Fe) as well as several casinos nationwide.
In Los Angeles, Maura worked on American Film Institute (AFI) projects, and was a dialogue coach and production assistant for three TV series and independent films. She also owned and operated a rehearsal space, DhuRon Studios in Hollywood.
She produced, directed and co-wrote with her husband, Cherokee actor Wes Studi, his one man show “Coyote Chews His Own Tale”. The show was awarded a Los Angeles City Cultural Affairs Grant in 1992, and was produced in Los Angeles at The Court Theater and twice in Santa Fe. She has written screenplays and narration for documentary films, including “A Thousand Voices” and “Defending The Fire” for SBP. Her directing credits include “The Subject Was Roses” for the Santa Fe Playhouse, “7 Jewish Children” for AJV, “Ones From The Heart” at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, several solo performances, staged readings and short films.
Maura taught screenwriting and acting workshops at the Institute of American Indian Arts Summer Film Workshop in Santa Fe, Rough Rock High School in Navajo Nation and for Silver Bullet Productions, at Middle Schools and High Schools in New Mexico.
Maura was one of the original founding trustees of First Americans In The Arts (FAITA), which recognized achievement by Native Americans in the entertainment industry. Since 2001 she has served on the Board of Directors of the Indigenous Language Institute.
A third generation entertainer, she is proud to be the daughter of the late Academy Award winning actor Jack Albertson, and mother of fourth generation actor Kholan Studi.