Maya is an international, award-winning writer-director known for twisted storytelling that jumpstarts social dialogue.
Maya is an award-winning writer-director known for surreal storytelling that jump-starts social dialogues.
She has directed films, documentaries and commercials for 10+ years on five continents in English, French and Spanish, and her screenplays have been semifinalists in Austin, BlueCat, Screencraft and L.A. Screenplay Awards.

In 2023, her fantasy horror short, "The Ringmaster," premiered at Paris International Film Festival where she took home the BEST DIRECTOR AWARD. It was selected to open the inaugural edition of Paris in the Dark Film Festival and played in the Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase at the 76th Festival de Cannes where it was nominated for Best Actress. It went on to win the DIRECTORS PRIZE for Artistic Vision & Execution at FilmQuest, in addition to receiving five award nominations for Best Fantasy Short, Best Supporting Actor, Best Costumes, Best Score, and Maya for the MINERVA AWARD for female directors breaking barriers in genre filmmaking.

In 2021, Maya won the EMERGING FILMMAKER AWARD at LA Diversity Film Festival and was nominated for Best Director. Her commercial, "The Gift of Joy," won an Emmy, and "Giveaway" won a Gold Award at the American Advertising Awards.

In 2020, her fantasy comedy short, "Freeze," won BEST SHORT and BEST ACTRESS at its premiere at SeriesFest and went on to play 45 festivals worldwide, winning awards including BEST COMEDY and BEST DIRECTOR. It was one of few shorts picked up by Oscilloscope for sales to HBO, ARGO, and other European outlets.

In 2018, Maya was awarded the inaugural Commercial Directors Diversity Program FELLOWSHIP by the Directors Guild of America, the BADGE OF HONOR for Rising Female Filmmaker by Shoot Magazine, and BEST NEW WORK OF 2018 for her commercial, "History."

Maya has a Masters in Documentary Filmmaking from Columbia University, and Bachelors of Arts Summa Cum Laude in International Studies from University of California at Santa Barbara and French from Institut Catholique de Paris. She works and lives between Los Angeles and Paris.