Maya Helena is a Dutch-Sri Lankan theatre and film actress. At an early age, Maya developed a passion and love for the performing arts and entertainment by putting up plays for her family. Having grown up in various countries such as Indonesia and Vietnam, due to the fact that her parents worked for the United Nations, she developed a special awareness for different races and cultures. She became curious about the human condition and started searching for answers why people behave the way they do.
With her parent’s blessing in the Fall of 2006, Maya at only 19 years, decided to make the big move abroad to follow her dream of becoming a theatre actress in New York City. She chose to pursue her acting career at Hofstra University and within 4 years graduated with Honors receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Performance. During her college years Maya’s talent evolved and she was cast in numerous productions such as 'Electricidad', 'The Tempest', 'Twelfth Night' (lead) and 'Seascape with Sharks and Dancer' (lead).
Maya continues to learn and grow in her field of expertise and keeps striving to make a difference through the performing arts.
After completing her BFA degree at Hofstra, she decided to continue her studies in order to dig deeper into the meaning of acting as she knew there was room for improvement and wanted to experience a training of high intensity.
In 2010 she got accepted into The Stella Adler Studio of Acting, one of the most prestigious acting conservatories in the country. Maya's talent and love for the stage grew at the Adler Studio and she was cast in two award-winning plays namely 'Necessary Targets' (lead) and 'August: Osage County' (lead).
Upon graduation from the Adler Studio, Maya was cast in various projects ranging from children’s theatre How The Lion and Mouse Became Friends to National’s Geographic’s Brain Games as well as the short film Sexual Inadequacy, to name a few. Maya was also seen in Joe Martin’s Soundwaves: The Passion of Noor Inayat Khan which premiered at the renowned New York City Fringe Festival in 2013.
Maya's latest theatrical performance took place in the streets of New York City, where she had the honor of performing in Judith Malina's No Place to Hide, a riveting piece about fighting for what you believe and staying true to yourself, no matter how much society tries to interfere.
In the Summer of 2015, Maya will continue her training and career in London. For more information on past projects please view the CV section.