Maya Cantu

Maya Cantu 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.



Review: Kennedy Center 'Mame' Rises Above Miscast Star
June 2, 2006

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 jodhpurs

Review: 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 musical

Q&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

Christiane Noll, currently starring in the York Theatre Company musical A Fine and Private Place, is a versatile performer who sees no reason to impose limits on herself--in theatre and in life

Q&A with Composers & Lyricists Joe Drymala and Eric Svejcar
April 23, 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

Washington Stage Guild is currently offering a lively production of Fanny's First Play, which is far from Shaw's best but features its own kind of passion...

A Searing Passion for Life: An Interview with Altar Boyz' Clyde Alves
March 30, 2006

Clyde Alves, the talented performer who currently plays Juan in Altar Boyz, feels that the character is both sultry and soulful, with a love for God, life and for the ladies

The Jewish Star of Altar Boyz: An Interview with Dennis Moench
February 21, 2006

Dennis Moench, the versatile young actor who plays Abraham in Altar Boyz, finds his character a 'Jewish star' who definitely finds his own way of fitting in

Q & A with Jack Plotnick--Comedian, Actor and Acting Guru
January 29, 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

James Royce Edwards, who plays the tough-talking but warm-hearted Luke in Altar Boyz, is a talented and down-to-earth performer who knows his priorities...

D.C. Review: Arena's Damn Yankees Emphasizes Brains, Talent and Heart
December 24, 2005

Arena Stage's production of Damn Yankees, starring Brad Oscar, Matt Bogart and Meg Gillentine, is bright, brash and joyous

Washington, D.C. Review: A Year with Frog and Toad is Pleasantly Passed
November 27, 2005

Round House Theatre's production of A Year with Frog and Toads should be a wartless delight both for children and their parents

An Interview with Chicago's Luba Mason
October 29, 2005

Luba Mason, who is currently playing Velma Kelly in Chicago, dishes on the show, her career and her thoughts on performing

D.C. Review: Born Yesterday is Not So Dumb at Arena Stage
October 9, 2005

Arena Stage's production of Garson Kanin's Born Yesterday is just as smart as its heroine Billie Dawn aspires to be

Q&A with Songs You Don't Know By People Who Loves You's David Rossmer
September 23, 2005

David Rossmer chats about his New York Musical Theatre Festival concert, Songs You Don't Know By People Who Loves You, which features songs by him and Dan Lipton

An Interview with Brad Oscar--the Current King of Old Broadw
September 13, 2005

Brad Oscar, who recently celebrated his 1000th performance as Max Bialystock in The Producers, dished on the Mel Brooks megahit and his upcoming roles in On the Twentieth Century and Damn Yankees

A Certain Chemistry: An Interview with Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell
August 26, 2005

Husband-and-wife performers Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell chat about their upcoming concert in North Carolina, their careers and their toddler

Dancing Jock to Broadway Visionary: An Interview with Jeff Calhoun
August 17, 2005

Jeff Calhoun talks to BroadwayWorld about Brooklyn, Big River, his latest show Holy Cross Sucks! and more...

Washington, D.C Review: A Daring Dangerous Liaisons
August 9, 2005

The Actors' Theatre of Washington's production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses is sexy, bold and at times brilliant...just don't get tickets if you're under 18

Washington, D.C.: Rigby Earns the Right to Crow in Peter Pan
July 20, 2005

Cathy Rigby is spectacular and scatters endless fairy dust over Wolf Trap's enjoyable, if choppy, Peter Pan