Raised in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Maria Cristina is a proud Cuban American, a daughter of an immigrant, a fighter of equity and accountability, and a lover of the arts. She is a graduate of James Madison University where she studied Musical Theatre. 

She started dance lessons at the age of eight and continued since then adding acting, and voice lessons to widen her versatility of storytelling through art. 
Maria Cristina has toured nationally with Hello, Dolly!The Bodyguard the MusicalGhost the Musical (Ensemble/Mrs. Santiago U/S), and Elf the Musical

After returning from touring with with Hello, Dolly! she made her New York debut in New York City Center's Evita as the Mistress!

She is currently playing the role of Rebecca Candelaria in The Geva Theatre's production of Somewhere, written by Tony Award winner, Matthew Lopez, and is brilliantly directed by Zi Alikhan.