Maya Levy grew up to Israeli and French parents in New York City. When she was young, her teachers used to call her Maya Papaya, which she hated, because she hated papayas. Now, however, she loves papayas and thinks her teachers were rather clever. She has lived in London since 2006.
Maya is a professional singer, songwriter, actor and theatre deviser/writer, with a Bachelor of Music from the prestigious Oberlin Conservatory (in piano and voice), a Bachelor of Arts in English and Theatre from Oberlin College, as well as an MA in Performance from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Trained as a classical pianist and singer at Oberlin, she is the Cantorial Soloist and Head of Musical Engagement at The West London Synagogue of British Jews, Marble Arch.
Her focus in the last ten years has been on composing pieces of music theatre, song writing and working as a professional performer. Her project ‘The Adventures of Nellie Bly’, a one-woman show about the 19th century American reporter and daredevil, Nellie Bly, was funded by Arts Council England and was performed at the Park Theatre (London), Litchfield Festival, Vault Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it received a 'Highly Recommended' rating. Other earlier writing/performing projects include The Damsels Most Daring Present ‘The Bravery of Miss Anne and Other Tales of Splendorous Adventures’, a piece of comedic, musical, storytelling theatre. It received four-star reviews in 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
You can find her spoken voice as various NPC characters on Ubisoft's 'Tom Clancy's The Division 2' game, and she is the lead singer for the band Buenos Klezmer.
She continues to live in London with her husband and two young children.