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“I’ve been saying this, and you’re proof! Beautiful women CAN BE FUNNY!”

Rose Bochner - Telsey Office - Casting Associate


“Really funny. Great job.”

Therese Classen - Director of Casting - Hulu Originals


“The hardest working actor in Hollywood with an open heart and mind. She’s gorgeous so it’s unexpected, but she’s humble, charming, quirky and funny!”

Nick Huff - The Actor's Spark 


“A talented performer... worth watching all by herself. ... Maya is FUNNY and MOVING”

The Daily Progress

…everything is great. It was funny, your timing was impeccable, the energy was great. It was very on par with the genre and tone and everything. That was amazing, omg that was so funny I loved it, awesome!"

Ramani Leah - April Webster Casting Associate


"Don’t be too quick to come to conclusions about Queen Maya Tremblay. She’ll surprise you! Maya may look like an influencer or HBIC of the mean girls, but she is actually warm, open, empathetic, deeply caring, and off-the-charts brilliant when it comes to math, science, and finance.  She is wired for comedy and bubbly brilliance. Maya embodies the rare and special talent to be able to do multi-cam, Disney and soap operas. She can play someone who is a few steps ahead of the game, as well as the one scrambling to catch up. She is warm and vibrant but often easily underestimated. Nevertheless, she energetically comes from a place of love, positivity, and sheer joy. Even when messed with, her love of people doesn’t darken or diminish for too long. But be careful! She also has a bite, which serves her well for certain roles! 
- Brette Goldstein, CSA

"She was one of  two choices producers responded to... She was good! " 

- Patrick Rush - Casting Director - LA

"She (is in serious consideration for the role) and is going to be seen by producers on this... for the role of Raven. She looks beautiful and very right for our shows in general, Lori and I will meet with her."

- Dana Theodoratos and Lori Openden to Mark Pedowitz - CW Casting and CEO 

(Maya is) "... a talented performer...worth watching all by herself..." 

The Daily Progress review of "The Flounder" at Live Arts

"Really loved what you did with your performance. So different from how anyone else read the part."

- Casting Director Feedback from StarCast Auditions -
Gretchen Rennell Court (Runaway Bride), Amy Taksen Somers (The Mummy), Yesi Ramriez (21 Jump Street - 2021)

"That was phenomenal. Your work is great, & I would never, ever just say that."

Michael Reilly Burke –  Acting Coach, Actor - “Ted Bundy” “The Collector”

(Maya is) "...a young actress with big talent... range, looks, and she's good to work with..." 

John Kavanaugh - Director

“When I saw you, I didn't know what to expect and you’re really funny. You used all the different tactics. None of my normal notes apply. Great job!”

Russell Boast – Manwilller/Boast Casting

"With StarCast, you don't have to weed through unsolicited headshots and reels. The best are just given to you."

- Mark Burg - Producer, Two and a Half Men, The Saw Franchise

Daily Progress Review of Heritage Repertory Theater's AEA Production of 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

By Clare Aukofer -


That's "laugh out loud" in text and internet-speak. It's also what you'll do when you see "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," Heritage Theatre Festival's last show of the season, which opened Thursday in the Culbreth. 

The show won two Tony Awards in 2006, so the rights haven't been available for long. It's a pleasant surprise - a sweet little musical about six misfit kids competing in a middle-school spelling bee, and the three adults who wrangle them. 

In some ways it's a little like "A Chorus Line." Each of the characters has a moment or more when he/she shows and sings their soul in the context of the bee. It's poignant without being maudlin, and even includes four brave audience members as spellers. Mostly, though, it's very funny - a nice two-hour break from reality. 

This is a real ensemble show. Director Bob Chapel has cast six very talented young people as the kids, and they are all good, both individually and in ensemble. And, as usual, Chapel has given us a well-directed show that lets the cast's talents shine.

If you saw "The Sound of Music," you may not recognize Emily Rice, who played Maria. Here, she's the uptight, tightly braided, politically aware daughter of two overbearing gay fathers. She once again has become her character, complete with lisp and kid-like singing voice. It would seem she's as versatile as she is talented.

The other kids include Perry Medlin, who is very funny as the boy distracted by a case of unwanted sexual arousal, as well as another very surprising character. Medlin also choreographed, and has created some fine and funny dance numbers. 

Andrew Chronacher is charming as the happy, offbeat kid who makes his own clothes but is underestimated by his gaggle of siblings, Sylvia Kates is very sweet as the kid you can't help rooting for, Maya Tremblay is funny and moving as the overachieving Asian kid and Adam Smith's performance as the adenoidal nerd who spells with his foot is very well done.

The strength of this show, though, is how well these young actors portray kids. No doubt thanks at least in part to Chapel's direction, they never, ever overdo it or use trite devices to capture their characters, making them real people with flaws and foibles.

As for the grownups, it's nice to see James Scales, who usually handles the business end of Heritage, in a bigger part than he usually takes on. His comic timing as the pronouncer is key to making the show work. He and Lydia Horan, as a past winner and now organizer of the bee, have a very funny, slightly strange on-stage rapport. Horan has taken on an upper-Midwest accent for her character, and, as always, she acts and sings well. Larry Darnell Penn is a standout performer, though, and not just because he's the only black actor in the cast. He shows real range in both his characters and his very strong singing voice. This show needs only four instruments, and the music and the tech work are very well done.

It's interesting, though, how budget restrictions sometimes can bring out the best. This charming, very funny production proves that good performances are the heart of good theater.

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