The Hosts

Van and Maya met while studying at NYU in 2006. They became adults, separately moved to Chicago, reconnected and came up with the idea for Pilot Co-Pilots! in July of 2015.

Maya Boudreau is an NYU and Steppenwolf-trained actor who can be seen in multiple independent features such as Wild Blue (nomination for Best Actress in a Feature - Austin Indie Flicks Showcase), as well as Jessica and Sticks which are making their festival rounds now. On TV she has been seen as a recurring character on Crisis and Chicago Fire on NBC, and commercials for McDonald’s, Dairy Queen, Auto-Owner’s Insurance, NFL Women’s Apparel, Ohio Lottery and Busch Gardens. Maya also does voiceover work and teaches acting and audition technique for kids and teens.

Van Watkins started writing & improvising as part of The Second City’s Teen Ensemble in Chicago. In New York he studied at NYU, created work and performed at Ars Nova, PS122, The Incubator Arts Project, Galapagos Art Space,  3LD, The Tank, The Connelly, Del Close Marathon, Theater for the New City, Theater 80 St. Marks, ChicagoSketchfest, Geva Theater (Rochester), Underground Arts (Philly), and the Chicago and Portland Fringe Festivals.  Follow him at