IMAGES:I just spent a week with Professor Karen Sjoholm in her course "Outsider Art; Visions of Spirit", held at the Doug Adams Gallery at the Graduate Theological Union. Great fun. You can see one of my crazy studio pieces from the week on my Maya's ART page. Also, if you are in the Berkeley, CA area, do head to the gallery for their upcoming show (which I got to preview, being in the gallery for class) - beginning Tuesday, February 6 for the opening of Religion & Resistance.
We know it has been way too long since you have heard from Maya - and we apologize! Lots going on in Maya's personal life, but know this: SHE LOVES YOU EACH AND ALL!
Stay tuned in 2016 for lots of fun stuff!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS - whichever one/s you celebrate!
Wishing you LIGHT and WARMTH and plenty of SHAKESPEARE, through and through.
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September 25th 2015
Hope you are all having a splendid summer! Check out the class I am teaching on
CREATING COLOSSALLY REAL CHARACTERS
For details, visit the WYRD CON 6 site. . .
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Super Happiness: spending days out at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum with the amazing instructors: Ellen Geer, Susan Angelo, Melora Marshall, Sandi Massie, Madelaine Dahm, Armin Shimerman, Kristof Konrad, Sean Fitzgerald and Stuart Rogers - and an amazing group of actors!
. . . and look what I found!
On the Red Carpet at Independent Filmmakers Showcase
screening of Hero.Traitor.Patriot
So grateful to be a part of this film!
(Info about it in previous post, below).
Hey there Loves!
The short film co-directed by the fabulous and powerful director Weyni Mengesha and luminous and charismatic Eion Bailey - (Fight Club, Stalker, Once Upon A Time) screens this month in Los Angeles!! Eion also stars in the film as famed journalist Michael Hastings. Also starring are the amazing Brandon Bales (as Edward Snowden) and awesome newcomer Doug Harvey (as Manning). Produced and cast by the lovely Adele Rene!
Your's truly - me, Maya - has a small role as Michael Hasting's Mom.
The important (in my opinion) film about three young citizens who risk all for their beliefs in the face of a government more interested in cover up than truth,
premiered in London last fall at Raindance, played in Australia and Newport Beach and now comes home to Los Angeles.
You can see Eion's interview about the film here:
Please join me in attending the screening and supporting the filmmakers
at 4PM, Sunday, May 24th
The film will screen as a part of the Dramatic Shorts section, showing at the
Beverly Hills Music Hall
9036 Wilshire Blvd, LA CA
Tickets may be purchased here:
We hope to see you there!
I recently shot a very small scene on a webisode of the soon-to-be-super-popular
It was a blast working on the show and as always,
an honor to support an LGBTQ-Friendly porject!
Highlight for me was witnessing the work of wise, creative and confident Dagmar Weaver-Johnson, cinematographer.
Check them out:
Brief update: "The Interview" (noted in last post) is now called:
We have not seen the film and do not know the date it will be completed at this time.
As promised, here is the update on the The anti-bullying short film I was shooting in
Ashland, Oregon. Its called:
The film is directed by E.G. Dinsmore, and stars fabulous newcomers
As many of you know, I am always interested in being a part of telling stories that help, heal or illuminate - and I am excited to see this film myself - it was a pleasure working with actors, director, and everyone on the set of this little film on a big topic.
Stay tuned for info on when and where you can watch it.
Hi All!! Yep, that's me, upside-down-ish up there in that photo. Its one in a really fun series taken by fabulous photographer (I mean it - he made me look great, was super fun and easy to work with - along with his entire crew - and I think manages to catch the amount of fun I had in these photos with this lovely natrual yet crispy lighting. . .) You can see more of Ari Michelson's work on his website here: www.arimichelson.com , and a few more shots he took of me, Maya, on the PHOTOS page of this site.
The pix were taken for a little interview I did with AARP magazine's November issue (see it here). The interview is about keeping my long hair grey (as opposed to dying it, as so many of us do when the greys begin to appear). Of course the little interview is AARP's SEVERELY distilled and hand-picked version of my words - I actually spoke very little about being an actress - most of what I said was about my mother, grandmother and our strong, wild-woman heritage, and I also spoke about my art and work with women in general. . . but there is the world of giving interviews, right? They get to say what they want to say. It's not terrible at all. As for the grey hair - those who know me know, I am happy to be alive pretty much every moment of my life, and embracing my hair's changing color, for me, is a pleasant part of that. Thanks, AARP, and hats off to GREY HAIRED WOMEN!
OK, nuff on this bit of news and on to . . .
For four days mid-to-end of the month, I will be in ASHLAND, OREGON; No, not at the famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival, though I shall hope to squeeze in a show - but to shoot an independent short film, which I am proud to be a part of. All details are under wraps for now, but the film is an ANTI-BULLYING of LGBTQ YOUTH project. Look forward to more on this one soon!
Speaking of LGBTQ, if you have not seen the film "PRIDE" yet, do it - it's an
Love to you all, always,
June 18th 2014:
Hello Wonderful Ones! I have just arrived home after a private screening for cast and crew of Eion Baily and Weyni Mengesha's short film - yes, the one in which I play Michael Manning's Mom. Its new title is:
i was so impressed - its a short film that packs big film punch! (OK, maybe I am biased, but I really do think its a good one.) I can't wait for you all to get to see this important little film with some large messages. Thank you Eion, Weyni and all the rest of the amazing cast and crew. It was a pleasure working with you all and I am so pleased to be a part of this project!
As for my followers & fans - you will have to be patient, but stay tuned and keep your eyes out for updates on where/when you can see the film!
Well, Dear Ones, I have been super busy with other things (like coming up with the funds to pay my ridiculous medical bills for ye olde Dog Bite mentioned some time ago - holy flying PIGS, Batman, the USA is NOT the place to need medical care of any sort. I'm ready to head back to Canada. . . thankfully, as a dual citizen, that is not too hard for me. . . oh Vancouver, how I miss thee. . .), but here are a few tidbits from the moth of May so far;
I got to do some voice over work with my dear friend, Perry Lang last week - FUN!
I was invited to be a part of a script reading in North Hollywood with a wonderful group of actors and one of the writers of the script - name to remain anonymous until further notice - and was thrilled with the amazing characters and storyline. It is SO GOOD to read good material in a town so full of so-so stuff! Kudos to the writers, my fellow actors and thanks to Mariko Ballentine for hooking me up.
Also, though I can't say a whole lot on this, I am currenlty doing some research for my top-secret screenplay. . . be patient, more to come!
Oh - and hey All, I recently met casting director and fellow Massachusetts-ite, Wayne Morse - what a fabulous, fun, funny, interesting and observant human being. Thank you Wayne!
Met the inimitable Scott David the other night - Thank you, Scott, for your insight, kindness, generosity of spirit and bushels of information!!
Greetings Dear Readers! THANK YOU THANK YOU to so many wonderful people who have sent prayers and well-wishings for Maya's healing! The nose is looking quite all right - as you can see in this photo, only a small, make-up-coverable scar remains (this is a picture of the scar with no make up) and Maya is so very happy to be back to work as of the first week of the month!
We are thrilled to be enjoying a continuously prosperous and creative year, and to sharing piles of fun with you all!
Love to All, Always, from Maya
Well hello friends, fans and others!
Some of you have been wondering where the heck Maya went. . . well, I have been recovering; a short while ago I was bitten in the face by a dog. My nose was torn open - right through the cartilage - and I also had an injury to my foot which rendered me a non-walking entity until just recently. Both nose and foot are healing nicely, though it will still be a month or so before I am ready to be back in a make up chair (thus the same amount of time until I am acting again). All should know that the plastic surgeon was very good and once my nose is healed, the scar should be barely visible.
Big THANK YOU's to all who have sent kind words, good vibes and/or healing prayers ~ they are so very much appreciated.
Stay tuned for updates here and on Face Book page (BTW, please 'like' the page, if you haven't already!): Maya Massar on Face Book
With Love and wishes to All for a wonderful 2014,
about whistle blower Michael Hastings. Maya was honored to play Michael's mom in the film, one of 3 in a series of films that Eion & Weyni are making. Maya hopes this film does well in support of Truth Seekers and Mythbusters everywhere.
Thank you so much to Eion & Weyni for creating such a generous and sweet energy on set and for getting these important stories more limelight!
(And special thanks to Adele Rene for being wonderful!)
We will let you know when/where the film is viewable, til then, keep your eye out for Truth and do all you can to stand up for it.
Maya & Team
UPDATE! Maya's recent episode of Supernatural,
Here's the synopsis:
"Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) discover that the table in the Men of Letters house (the one that lit up like a Christmas Tree when the angels fell), has an ancient computer attached to it. They figure if they can get the computer on, they can track the angels. Who better to call for help than the best IT girl there is, Charlie (guest star Felicia Day)? While moving the massive computer, they dislodge a hidden hexbag that unleashes a magical green-webbed wall. Sam and Dean break through it and discover the one and only Dorothy (guest star Tiio Horn) from Oz. She had trapped herself and the wicked witch (guest star Maya Massar) in the web years ago to stop the witch from finding the key that would open the gate that connected their world with Oz. With the wall broken, a massive and magical fight ensues that threatens to destroy the Men of Letters house."
~ AUGUST ~
Maya is currently in Beautiful British Columbia - shooting a small (but FUN!) role on an episode of the popular TV show "Supernatural". We can't tell you WHAT she is playing - not just yet - nor can we tell you WHEN it airs - we don't yet know - but we CAN tell you its an other job that requires a fair bit o' time in ye olde make-up chair. . . we can't wait to share details. . . but we gotta wait. . . stand by for juicier info soon!!
MAY 14TH 2013: MAYA IS AT CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - please check out and follow her daily blog for updates! (see link at right)
OK, Gang, here's what's up:
Maya has officially been accredited to attend the FESTIVAL DE CANNES (otherwise known as theCANNES FILM FESTIVAL)! She is now excitedly preparing for the Film Festival of Film Festivals. . . we hope to have lots of fun photos and newsy bits to share as the journey progresses! Stay tuned to our BLOG page: Maya At Cannes or go to our contact page to follow us on twitter!
From the FDC website: The original photo
To grace the poster for its 66th edition, the Festival de Cannes has chosen a couple who embody the spirit of cinema like no other: Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman, photographed during the shooting of the aptly named A New Kind of Love, by Melville Shavelson (1963).
For the Festival it is a chance both to pay tribute to the memory of Paul Newman, who passed away in 2008, and to mark its undying admiration for Joanne Woodward, his wife and most favoured co-star.
They were honoured at the Festival de Cannes in 1958 ? the year of their marriage ? with the selection In Competition of Martin Ritt?s The Long Hot Summer, the first film in which they appeared together. The links between their story and that of the Festival continued with a series of films directed by Newman, who cast Woodward in unforgettable roles in The Effect of the Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (Competition ? 1973) and The Glass Menagerie (Competition ? 1987).
HEY FANS! Here is something fun - a Behind-the-Scenes clip of Maya as Mother Buckner in Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard's THE CABIN IN THE WOODS:
Sunday, December 18th
Hollywood Bar & Grill ~ I read my poems with a talented group of actors - here is our
Band of Hippo's L to R:
Joel, Justine, Chris, Anthony, Paul, Jessica, Anto
Susan, Stephanie, Maya, Jasmine, Elijah
Richard, Noa, Wayne
PS: Maya's poetery book:
available on Amazon.com
On Another Note:
Well, for whatever reason (Carl tells me there are secrecy issues, which I do not doubt, having worked on several other scary movies and knowing the intense non-disclosure stuff around these) BloodLines is not up on IMDb yet - but fear not - it DOES exist!
Perhaps not surprisingly, I have recently done ANOTHER Gypsy/Fortuneteller-esque role in a short film by up and coming director Ben Fischinger called 'CUBED'. . . stay tuned for some fun images from that one.
In the meantime, Im taking a short break from acting to run my series of crazy crystal planet healing workshops! You can check out our most exciting one (and all the others too) here: JOIN US FOR A
(that is 12 hours of drumming, chanting & prayer for World Unity and Peace, taking place at the amazing WorldBeat Cutlural Center in Balboa Park, San Diego, Ca!)
Really hope to see you all there!
Sunday, June 24th 2012:
Hello Folks, this weekend I flew up to my beloved British Columbia to shoot a scene in director Carl Bessai's new film BLOOD LINES. I can't tell you anything about the film yet though, so you are just gonna have to take my word for it that it'll be a fun movie. We shot into the wee hours and I got to work with newcomer actress Aleita Northley (hope I didn't hurt you too badly Aleita!) and stunt man Doug Chapman, both great people and fun to work with. Wait til you see who the beauty, Clair Smithies plays in this film! Thanks to Carl for a fun time on set, thanks to the actors, Tony & Martin in Props, Bleau in SPFX, Kipps, Jen and Malin in MU/Hair, a Huge thank you to Jayne Mabbot (& Sarah!) in wardrobe - it was a pleasure working with you Jayne - your creative and collaborative spirit is amazing. Loved the wardrobe for my character and I wanna take it all home with me!
Thanks as well to Tegan for use of her arm and some good vein-duelling in the truck!
All in all, twas fun and I can't wait to see the film! Stay posted for updates. . .
Love to All,
OK everyone - now and then (whenever I can, actually) I shoot SAG short films and student films because they often offer roles that have a great arc (more so than day-player roles in episodic TV or small roles in big films), which of course we actors love. . . recently I shot with Sasa Numic, a young AFI director who, in my opinion, is going places in his career. Sasa and his amazing team were among the most professional crews - student or professional - that I have had the pleasure of working with. . . and the finished film is something I think they can all be really proud of. (and Im NOT just saying that because I am in it! :-)
Sasa and All: CONGRATS!
AND. . . here, for your viewing pleasure, is a link to Sasa's film:
Thanks for watching and hope you enjoy it!
Well Folks, I DID go see it. . . and am not telling you all the fun twists, other than to say that Whedon & Goddard are at their best in this one. . . so GO CHECK IT OUT!!
Love to All,
Photo by Kelly Casavant
Premiered March 9th at South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival
to much excitement - read the
and go see the film if you dare!
Produced by Joss Whedon
Directed by Drew Goddard
See if you can recognize Maya as "Mother Buckner" one of the 'redneck torture zombie' family, with her 48 inch saw blade. . . I wonder what she does with THAT??
OK, guys. . .
Go see it and tell me what you think!!
Well folks, busy as I was, I still could not resist director Al Thain's invitation to play Titania the Fairy Queen in Midsummer Nights Dream this August with Bard In The Valley. Its a community theater production featuring a Langley cast - we had a lot of FUN - thanks to all who came out to see us - special thanks to those who attended in Fairy Attire; it was great to see some of my kin in the audience!
Bard In The Valley presents
A Midsummer Night's Dream
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Allan J Thain
Darcy Knopp as Oberon, the Fairy King and I (as Titania the Fairy Queen) rehearse with our troupe of Fairies (and a tree) at the Douglas Rec Center in Langley, BC.
Images of the Divine Feminine
. . . is a series of 13 paintings. The paintings are part portrait, part dream image, and part honoring of the 13 archetypal aspects of the Feminine.
Eight years ago, the project came to me in my dreaming. A year ago, finally, I began it. 13 amazing women shared with me their personal sense of the Sacred. I took photos, then created images of each. I consciously used my training and experience in Shamanic healing to access the ?Otherworld? while I worked ? each woman?s portrait sung to me of Goddesses and Spirit Guardians ? and I allowed these dream images to merge and dance with each woman?s portrait. The end result is a bit of a crazy mix, but full of my heart and those of the gracious women who participated.
Come view the work, write on the ?Sacred Wall? and share your own sense of the SACRED!
I look forward to seeing you.
Bright Blessings to All,
Thank you so very much to each and every soul who was a part of making
SACRED - Images of the Divine Feminine
a magical experience during the Eastside Culture Crawl 2009!
From my spectacular subjects (Jeannie Abbott, Jenica Vanelli, Jacky Essombe, Charel Morris, Lindsey Massar, Valerie Sing Turner, Paula Shalan, Harinder Gill, Monica Buchanan Johnson, Medwyn McConachy, Katie Stein Sather, Flora La Rayne)...to the nitty gritty of hanging the art (David) and keeping up with the 'sacred wall' (David & Peter), to those who helped out at the main table & brought me food! (Sofia, Peter, Gavin & David) - but I especially want to thank all of you who had no idea who I was or what the project was but bravely entered my studio and allowed yourselves to shine and share as you took in the artwork! In bringing your SELVES to the work you gave it LIFE and were a part of generating the energy experienced by all who entered - truly from the center of my heart I THANK YOU.
For those who wish to be placed on the mailing list for updates please email me at [email protected]
or click the link:
A special thanks to
For being such a great opening for the project and so many other amazing artists as well!
Some of you caught me looking pretty wretched in my role as 'Cole's Mom' on Supernatural "Death Takes A Holiday" (2009) - so I guess just to top my last look, the gods (along with wonderful director Jonas Pate) saw fit to cast me in my latest one-day role on the new show CAPRICA...in which I play a rain-drenched, angry, crying mess of a woman banging on Daniel Graystone's window (but I wont tell you WHY she's banging - you gotta watch the show to find out!).
With critics reviews ranging from hate it to love it
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Visit the LA Times review (they didn't like the film)
Star News video review (Uninvited comments start around 2.14)
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Catch Maya in episode #413 (Death Takes a Holiday)
of the TV show "Supernatural"
I play a grieving mom who thinks her dead son is still around - hhhmmm. . . wonder if he is!?? Hair dyed brown for this one. Jensen & Jared are as kind as the gossip says they are. And for all you young folk out there - yes, they are even MORE handsome in person!
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January 1, 2009
posters for the film are up all over the subways in NYC...
It seems media likes nudity, even when its inaccurately identified. One website I encountered has a photo of Nahani Arntzen (yes, nude) but has titled the picture "Maya Massar being photographed by an artist fully nude" Infact, Nahani was my fellow actor in the scene on an episode of "The L Word", and it was I who played 'the artist'. Sorry folks, so far, the only way for the general public to see me naked is to read my poetry, and that, of course, reveals my soul and not my body naked!
The photo : (that is not "Maya Massar fully nude")
Maya's three poems: "The Bargain", "Ancestor Memories" (created for Cecelia Mavrow's painting) and "This" will be published in a volume including work form the Poets and Painters exhibit, profits to go to the South Delta Artist's Guild, World Poetry & Pandora's Collective. For further information or to buy this book, please contact the South Delta Artist's Guild: 604-943-3313