Maya Washington is an accomplished stage actor, choreographer, director and playwright.

As an actor, Maya has performed in over 20 theatrical productions at a number of regional and national venues including Trinity Repertory Company, Penumbra Theatre, The Guthrie Theater, Children’s Theatre Company, History Theatre, The Playwrights’ Center, Pillsbury House Theatre, The Powerhouse Theatre, The California Science Center, The House of Blues, The National Museum of the American Indian and others throughout the US.  Maya had the honor of originating the role of August in the national tour of William S. Yellow Robe’s Grandchildren of the Buffalo Soldiers and is a member of Actor’s Equity Association.

Maya started dance lessons at the age of eight and later got her start in theatre at the award-winning Youth Performance Company (YPC) in Minneapolis, MN as a teen and has spent much of her professional life giving back to the theatre as a staff choreographer for mainstage productions like Narnia,  Home on the Morning Train, Junie B. Jones, Freedom Riders, and Free to Be You and Me.

PLAYS

Colorful Women of Invention, Maya’s musical one-act about women inventors of color, was commissioned and produced by Youth Performance Company and toured throughout Minnesota in 2003.

 

Maya’s full-length play South of Adams, West of Figueroa, received a staged reading at Congo Square Theater in Chicago, IL in 2008 as a part of the August Wilson Playwriting initiative.

 

Maya Washington play South of Adams West of Figueroa

 

South of Adams,
West of Figueroa

 

Cast: 5 Men, 4 Women

 

In that space between growing up and being grown, Benito and Kennedy prepare for a multi-cultural wedding with the help of their colorful Southern California families (one side Mexican, the other African American). The fabric of twenty-something fantasy unravels, as family secrets are uncovered upon moving into a historic home in the West Adams neighborhood of Los Angeles. As the nuptials approach, Kennedy not only discovers that Benito has been hiding his homosexuality from her and the rest of his family, but also discovers that she is pregnant with his child. In a journey of self-recovery, Kennedy must contend with the aftermath of a failed relationship, an unplanned pregnancy, and the discovery of her own latent homophobia.