Maya Cantu recently graduated from Virginia's James Madison University, where she majored in theatre. She is very excited about starting her MFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at Yale School of Drama this fall. Maya was once a performer, and played roles ranging from eccentric mediums (Blithe Spirit) to slain noblewomen (Macbeth) to founding fathers (1776). While she hasn't been to an audition in ages, Maya still delights in belting showtunes - sometimes on key - at piano bars.
In the famous Act One finale of Mame, the musical's irresistible title character single-handedly revives the drowsy South, sending its courtly gentlemen and Georgia peaches into an ecstatic serenade of acceptance and very high octaves. It's a rousing number in the Kennedy Center's gorgeously-mounted production, but it's hard to find the same kind of enthusiasm with Christine Baranski filling Mame's jodhpursReview: Strong Performances Illuminate Caroline, or Change May 22, 2006
Studio Theatre's production of Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori's Caroline, or Change is uneven with its staging, but its performances accent the power and compassion of an almost-great musicalQ&A with Actor and Playwright John Cariani May 10, 2006
We've all heard that some actors really want to direct. But the multi-talented John Cariani--whose play cul-de-sac runs at the Transport Group through May 13th--belongs to a somewhat smaller group of thespians: those who have carved out successful second careers as playwrights.An Interview with Christiane Noll May 9, 2006
Joe Drymala and Eric Svejcar aren't a songwriting team, but they have a few things in common besides the fact that they both write musicals. The songs of both men will be sung by performers such as Euan Morton, Robert Cuccioli, Tyler Maynard, Kate Wetherhead and Amanda Watkins on April 26th for their Stuck in the Zipper concert at the Zipper Theatre, and it's safe to say that both like to take risks with their shows...D.C. Review: Flawed Fanny's First Play Offers Sharp 'Shaw-Spouting Puppets' March 6, 2006
A versatile actor and comedian who doubles as an acting coach, Jack Plotnick dishes on such subjects as his latest film Stay, his 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' death scene, his drag alter ego Evie, and his online book 'New Thoughts for Actors'The Good Bad Altar Boy: An Interview with James Royce Edwards January 2, 2006