Maya Kazan

Maya Kazan (born November 24, 1986)[1][2] is an American stage, TV and film actress and director. She is known for playing Caroline in Frances Ha, Eleanor Gallinger on The Knick and Mabel Thompson on Boardwalk Empire. She is the daughter of screenwriters Nicholas Kazan and Robin Swicord, and the granddaughter of film director Elia Kazan[3] and playwright Molly Kazan. Maya is the younger sister of actress Zoe Kazan.

Maya Kazan
Kazan at the Peabody Awards, May 2015
Born (1986-11-24) November 24, 1986
Alma materWesleyan University
Years active2008–present
Parent(s)Nicholas Kazan
Robin Swicord
RelativesZoe Kazan (sister)
Elia Kazan (paternal grandfather)
Molly Kazan (paternal grandmother)



In 2012, Kazan starred as Lucrece in Pierre Corneille's The Liar, written by David Ives at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.[4][5]

In 2013, she played the role of Laura in Michael Rabe's play The Future Is Not What It Was at the Walkerspace theater in New York.[6][7][8]

In 2014, she took on the role of the adult Perdita in William Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale at the Old Globe Theater. In a February 2014 Los Angeles Times review, critic Charles McNulty wrote: "Kazan doesn't yet possess a strong stage voice, but she has everything else that's needed to make us fall in love with Perdita — natural radiance, unassuming intelligence and gentleness."[9]


In 2014, Kazan landed a recurring role as Eleanor Gallinger in Steven Soderbergh's The Knick on Cinemax alongside co-stars Clive Owen, Eve Hewson and Grainger Hines.[10] That same year, she landed another recurring role on HBO's Boardwalk Empire playing Mabel Thompson, the wife of a young Nucky Thompson, in a string of flashbacks throughout the series' fifth and final season.


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Christie Mae Christie Mae (short film)
2008 Lenore Lenore (short film)
2009 I'll Never Smile Again Amy (short film)
2011 Love Is Like Life But Longer Young nun (short film)
2011 Three Things (short film)
2012 Trial by Combat Emily (short film)
2012 Every Saturday Hannah
2012 Where the Sharpest Knife was Kept Carla (short film)
2012 Frances Ha Caroline
2013 Blood Moon Manya
2015 Prism Jewels
2018 The Unicorn Katie
2019 Plus One Shaina
Year Title Role Notes
2013 Company Town Marla (TV film)
2014 Boardwalk Empire Mabel Thompson 4 episodes
2014–15 The Knick Eleanor Gallinger 13 episodes
2015–16 Sleepy Hollow Zoe Corinth Recurring (Season 3)
2017 Jane The Virgin Chloe Recurring (Season 3)
2017 Z: The Beginning of Everything Livye Hart Recurring (Season 1)
2018 Mosaic Laura Hurley


  1. "South Coast Repertory: Keeping Up with the Kazans". South Coast Repertory. December 10, 2013. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  2. "Happiest birthday @maya_kazan !!!". Twitter. November 25, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  3. McGlone, Peggy (July 6, 2012). "East of Hollywood: Actress Maya Kazan enters the family business". NJ.COM. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  4. SOMMERS, MICHAEL (July 13, 2012). "A Tangled Web of Tall Tales, Told in Verse A Review of 'The Liar,' at the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey". New York Times. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  5. Rendell, Bob. "The Liar: David Ives 2010 Verse "Translaptation" of Obscure 1643 Corneille Comedy". Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  6. Gates, Anita (January 25, 2013). "A Dead Date: That'll Kill a Romance The Future Is Not What It Was, at Walkerspace". New York Times. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  7. Evans, Suzy (January 21, 2013). "The Future Is Not What It Was' Is Messy but Promising". Backstage. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  8. Barbour, David (January 22, 2013). "Theatre in Review: The Future is Not What it Was (Kindling Theatre Company/Walkerspace)". Lighting & Sound America. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  9. McNulty, Charles (February 19, 2014). "Review: 'The Winter's Tale' thaws the heart with magic, melodrama". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  10. "8 things to watch this week". New York Post. September 7, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
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