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. Over the summer he did a 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 FOX’s 24 and a soon-to-be aired episode of CBS' ELEMENTARY.
Maurice’s first feature film Finding Her was nominated for Best Feature Narrative at the Vail Film Festival and showcased at the 20th Annual Black American Film Festival. 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, has made it's debut overseas and will be released domestically in 2018.
Fall 2017 also saw Maurice wrapping on another feature entitled NIGHTHAWKS and complete two episodes of his recurring role on the web series AWKWARDLY.
Maurice is SUPER excited to return to Ensemble Studio Theatre in November and lend his instrument to the weekend workshop of Home Is A Verb a play about the challenges and resilience of former prisoners.
On the opposite side of the camera, Maurice continues to coach actors and consult on various creative ventures. Stay tuned Maurice's star is RISING!