Hello, & welcome! Veronica “Vero” Maynez (she/they) is a queer, Mexican-American, Chicago-based actor, teaching artist, director, and a recent graduate of the MFA Acting program at The Theatre School at DePaul University.
Three years ago, Vero moved to the Windy City from the San Francisco Bay Area, where she worked with theaters such as Brava Theatre Center, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and San Francisco Playhouse. While in the Bay, Vero appeared in the world premieres of Cherríe Moraga's The Mathematics of Love and Chris Chen's Aulis: An Act of Nihilism in One Long Act, as well as the Bay Area premiere of Lucas Hnath's The Christians. She performed in the U.S. premiere of Robert Icke's Oresteia at DePaul University, where she has also played Viola in Twelfth Night, Yaz in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Water by the Spoonful, and Nana Lupita in the Chicago-Premiere of Luchadora!. Vero's most recent performance was online with Stage West Theatre in Fort Worth, Texas. Under the direction of Tiffany Nichole Greene, who "made history as the first black woman diretcor of Hamilton", Vero performed on the live, virtually streamed DPS production of October Playlets. As an actor-activist, Vero has also performed in The Latinx Theatre Commons Carnaval of New Latinx Work, Berkeley Repertory Theatre's Breaking the Binary: A Symposium on Building Trans*/Gender-Non-Conforming/Non-Binary Inclusive Theatre, and Bechdel Fest 7: Momentum, produced by Broken Nose Theatre and a part of Steppenwolf's LookOut Series. Vero's most recent staged reading was The Coronavirus Plays Project through The One-Minute Play Festival and directed by Ben Ranaan. Recent film credits include: Kill the W.O.L.F. and Have a Mint--both short films through DePaul's CDM Department. Vero graduated summa cum laude from UC Berkeley in December 2016 where she received her BA in Theater & Performance Studies and minor in Spanish. She has also trained at The American Conservatory Theater. Vero is represented by Paonessa Talent Agency and Manager Tim Angle of Shelter Entertainment Group. Vero's upcoming performances are soon to be announced!
In addition to acting, Vero is a teaching artist having led workshops at UC Berkeley on educational inequity and how to integrate theatre practices into literacy tutoring, as well as a month-long workshop at DePaul University for non-theatre majors. Vero's most recent workshop ("Self-Care through a Yogic Lens") was with About Face Theatre. For three years, Vero worked for UC Berkeley's Public Service Center and, for two of those years, she served as the BUILD (Berkeley United in Literacy Development) Site Director for the after-school tutoring programs at Bay Area Hispano Institute for Advancement and Young Adult Project. While working with BUILD, Vero also directed, starred in, and adapted BUILD's first published children's book, Snackers and the Mysterious Search. The work culminated in an interactive performance for under-resourced K-5th grade students about navigating college life. Vero has also been a yoga instructor at The Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center on DePaul University's campus, where she recently led a free indoor/outdoor virtual mini-yoga retreat for DePaul Students. At The Theatre School at DePaul University, Vero has worked for The Summer High School Program as Program Assistant to the Directing Concentration. Click here for a more extensive view of Vero's teaching artistry.
Vero will be Assistant Directing Prop Thtr's upcoming production of Diary of an Erotic Life, under the direction of Olivia Lilley and devised by The Ensemble. And, Vero is in rehearsals Assistant Directing a Dr. Faustus-inspired, devised musical through Prop Thtr written by Tanuja Devi Jagernauth, composed by Alec Phan, directed by Olivia Lilley, and devised by The Ensemble. Vero's directing credits include Anton Chekhov's A Marriage Proposal for UC Berkeley's Director's Showcase; La Visita, a short film written, produced, directed, and edited by Vero; the aforementioned Snackers and the Mysterious Search; and staged readings of Marisela Treviño Orta's The River Bride and José Rivera's Marisol for Latinx Artists at The Theatre School, or LA TTS, of which Vero is a founding member. Click here to learn more about Vero's Directing.