Maurice who often refers to himself as "...just a country from California" was born and raised in San Francisco. He received his undergraduate degree from Morehouse where he met the art of acting 'by happenstance' as a pre-med student. Maurice once said, "Morehouse is where I fell in love with acting and Rutgers is where I married it!" He graduated with his MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers in 2006 at the top of his class.
Maurice has theatre credits that span both coasts. Off-Broadway include Spill by Leigh Fondakowski (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Collapse (New York City Center) and Wild With Happy as Mo (The Public Theatre.) Regionally, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom as Levee (Baltimore Centerstage & Philadelphia Theatre Company); Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet (City Theatre of Pittsburgh); and, The Piano Lesson (Long Beach Playhouse in Los Angeles). 2017 is turning out to be a very busy year for Maurice. He just completed his first stint on BROADWAY covering a role in the Pulitzer Prize winning and Tony nominated play "Sweat" by Lynn Nottage at Studio 54 Theatre.
Maurice has been fortunate to work with notable writers and directors on new emerging works at The Public Theatre, The New Dramatists, Wesleyan University, Sundance Theatre Lab in Canada and other worthy creative entities. He has made television appearances on CBS, NBC and on FOX’s 24.
Maurice’s first feature film Finding Her has been nominated for Best Feature Narrative at the Vail Film Festival and showcased at the 20th Annual Black American Film Festival in Miami Beach. Later this same year, Maurice wrapped his second feature entitled My Other Home, a biopic about the life of former basketball star Stephon Marbury where he is featured opposite the one and only Loretta Divine. My Other Home was directed by critically-acclaimed Chinese Director Larry Yang, and like Finding Her, is slated for international release in 2017!
On the opposite side of the camera, Maurice continues to coach actors and recently completed an early draft of a screenplay in collaboration with a notable film director. Stay tuned for details on this exciting project!