- Country: Canada
- Province/State: Ontario
- City: Toronto
- How do you Identify?: Black/Somali, Muslim, she/her pronouns
- Experience Level: Emerging
- Field of Work: Fiction/Scripted
- Union: Non-Union
- Interested In: TV Writing Room, Developing my own Film/TV/Digital Material, and Shadowing
- Recent Credits: Cracked (Short Film- Producer), Ayan's World (Webseries- Producer), VISIBLE (Pilot- Co-Writer, Director, Actor), Somewhere In (Actor)
- Favourite Movies: Jinn, Mustang, Moonlight, Atlantics, Parasite, Clueless, Get Out, Sing Street
- Favourite TV Shows: Succession, Ramy, Black Mirror, Sex Education, I May Destroy You, PEN-15, On My Block, Broad City, The Good Place
- Contact Information: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Social media: @maryanhaye (Instagram and Twitter)
- Link: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm9149969/?ref_=tt_cl_t1
Maryan Haye is a Somali-Canadian actor and writer from Toronto, Ontario. A recent graduate of the RTA Media Production program at Ryerson University with a specialization in screenwriting, she is excited to create stories that will highlight underrepresented voices in authentic and nuanced ways. She was a 2018 E20 ReelWorld participant, and has taken part in writing workshops at TIFF and the CFC. Her final year thesis project, VISIBLE, is a half hour teen drama pilot, which she co-wrote and directed with Chinese-Canadian artist Carol Liu. The project is a fictionalized look at Toronto teens navigating the everyday pressures of high school and their futures. She has recently produced a a comedic web-series called Ayan’s World, which chronicles Black women in the city navigating dating. Her ultimate goal in this industry is to one day is show run and star in her own television drama in the future. Growing up in the Jane and Finch community, being in the media industry was never something that she considered an option. She wants to be able to pave the path for kids with similar backgrounds to pursue entertainment and bring their own visions into the world.
I would love to be able to collaborate with filmmakers of colour, and specifically women of colour. Attending school for film and media,I quickly realized that many of my peers and even professors were continuing to create and push content adhering to the voices we are already seen so much in film. Being on set with filmmakers of colour, and specifically Black artists, makes me feel so much more comfortable and confident, and I think it’s important to craft both safe and productive working environments for the next generation of filmmakers.
I recently finished my last semester of university, and have since worked on creating and producing my own content. I have just acquired my first story coordinating job, and would love work my way up into being a writer in the room. As an actor, I also want to continue auditioning and be able to explore unique characters through different projects.