When immersed in capturing imagery of the traditional carnival arts or in documenting the creative process of artists, Maria Nunes is in her element. Both a photographer and producer, her main interests lie in the documentation of cultural heritage and the work of performing artists through still images and film making. Most recently she has been working closely with Jazz Trumpeter Etienne Charles to document the creation of his two newest works, the San Jose Suite and the Carnival Suite.
In the world of dance she was photographer-in-residence for New Waves! Institute from 2011-2014 and has been the resident photographer for the Noble Douglas Dance Company and Lilliput Children's Theatre since 2013. At a national level she was official photographer in 2013 for the Trinidad and Tobago delegation to Carifesta in Suriname and the 9th China International Folk Arts Festival in Yichang and Beijing.
Maria is also a founding Director of Calabash Foundation for the Arts and was the producer of Jab Molassie, an original music-theatre work written by Caitlyn Kamminga and Dominique Le Gendre which had its world premiere in 2014. Maria’s interest in the arts has been significantly influenced by her love of music which includes collecting early Calypso, string band and big band recordings of Trinidad and Tobago, as well as traditional Folk and Kalinda songs. She is also a former Junior World Golf Champion, Sportswoman of the Year, 1979, recipient of the Hummingbird Medal, Gold, 1980 and was named one of the 50 legends of sport in Trinidad and Tobago on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Independence.