Maya Blank is a seasoned performer, director, designer and educator currently based in New York City. Originally from Israel, she performed in leading roles in both film and stage productions there, among them at the National Habimah Theater. She has also directed at the renowned Suzannne Dellal Center in Israel. Before relocating to NYC, she began designing and directing storytelling workshops for children. After working as a special education teacher Maya became the head educator and designer of a unique Jewish tradition program for children with autism at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue. In 2009, Maya founded Play Me a Story, a musical storytelling theater company for children ages 3-10, in collaboration with the multi-instrumentalist and composer Uri Sharlin. Together they engage young audiences in a visceral exploration of classic stories through the Arts. Recently, Maya has also begun offering theater and puppetry courses for children ages 9-13. She also serves as a special education consultant for various organizations. Maya completed her theater studies at the prestigious Thelma Yellin School of the Arts in Israel, has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Media Studies from Hunter College and a Master’s degree in Special Education with a concentration in autism from Columbia University’s Teachers College.