Maryan Haye
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Maryan Haye (she/her) is a Somali-Canadian actress and screenwriter. Born and raised in the Jane-Finch neighborhood of Toronto, her exposure to a multitude of cultures from an early age sparked her desire to bring rich, diverse characters to life, both in front of and behind the screen.

Growing up, Maryan would take any chance she could to perform, jumping at the chance to MC and perform short skits at school talent shows and assemblies. Both her love for storytelling and her longing to see more arts programming in her community pushed her to enroll in the RTA Media Production program at Toronto Metropolitan University, where she graduated with specializations in both screenwriting and TV & Video. She has taken classes at The Actors Work Studio, as well as various improv classes at TMU, and has participated in film training programs with both ReelWorld and OYA Media Group.

Since graduating, Maryan has both starred in and produced several short films and web-series. Her short film Visible (2020), which she co-wrote, directed, and starred in, won the Audience Choice Award at the Regent Park Film Festival alongside several other accolades. Her latest on-screen role was in the CFC short film KIIN (2022), where she played a young comedian struggling to tell her Somali family about her profession. Maryan has also worked as a TV writer, penning episodes for shows such as Dino Ranch, Miss Persona, and Popularity Papers.

In her free time, Maryan stays up to date on pop culture and all things internet-related, a true embodiment of what it means to be chronically online. She might also be found taking long walk and spending solo time at a movie theater.