Maria Whittaker is currently a deputy clerk at the Pulaski County 25h Judicial Circuit Clerk and Recorder of Deeds office in Waynesville, Missouri. Prior to her current position, she has two decades of extensive experience in communications as an emergency services and law enforcement dispatcher. She is a wife to the most devoted man in the world, and mother of three amazing children.
Maria was born in Taipei, Taiwan, but grew up and was raised in Richland, Missouri. She is a 12 year alumni from the Richland schools, however she calls Waynesville her other hometown.
Maria enjoys speaking with the public, whether it be on a professional or personal basis, and assisting the people of her community. Her desire is to inspire and motive people in the most positive way possible. The best way for her to do that, is through the art of theatre.
Maria has been with PFAA since the end of 2012, when she attended a performance of "The Hobbit," with her oldest daughter. Since then, she has been involved in a variety of roles on stage as well as off stage in several productions. Her most notable and shining moment on stage is when she played the character Veta Louise Simmons in PFAA's production of "Harvey."
"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality" -John Lennon.
Well, her dream became reality when she directed "12 Angry Men" and it was a success, even with some bumps in the road.
With each and every show, her vision expands and her desire to be more creative encompasses diversity, passion and compassion, innovation, and to awaken the dormant expressions that scream to be alive.