After conquering the New York Comedy Scene and blazing past her contemporaries, Maija has become recognized as one of the most spectacular comedians to come along in the past decade.
Now, in a profound departure from the hip-hop style of comedy she perfected, Maija has spent the last year developing Whos Afraid of William Shakespeare?, a one woman tour deforce that turns Shakespeare on his head. A hilarious and meaningful exploration of love and life, artifice and theatrics, through the eyes of six-plus modernized Shakespearean characters. The humor and humanity which exude from each of the diverse cast of characters that Maija plays, from a Puerto Rican fly-girl to an old-world Italian grandmother - make this show both moving and entertaining: a literary and theatrical feat.
In November of 1994, Maija began performing stand-up. Her high voltage stage act quickly caught the attention of the Daily News and the New York Post warning audiences, "to catch Maija before television audiences do."
In August of 1995, Maija made her national television debut on NBCs Showtime at the Apollo where she received three standing ovations. In the following four months, she made appearances on Russell Simmons Def Comedy Jam, NBCs Friday Night," " PBS Into the Mix, and performed at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado. Most recently, Maija appeared on Foxs The Keenen lvory Wayans Show.
At the age of 24, Maija has honed her talents through Film School, majoring in Direction. She has also completed 3 years of intensive Meisner acting training with William Alderson, plus 2 years with Herbert Bergoff which have led to many diverse theatrical roles. In addition to these talents, Maijas scope ranges in different areas such as drums and percussion (studying under Richie Pratt), voice (studying under Sylvia Copeland), dance, tap (studying under Henry LeTang) and martial arts.
Maijas latest endeavor, Whos Afraid of William Shakespeare? embraces all of the elements which have shaped and defined her powerful performance style -acting, comedy, dance and music - and establishes Maija as a truly explosive talent.