With an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Traci Abbott on CBS TV's 'The Young and the Restless', Beth Maitland is excited to be celebrating her 40th year in that role. She can be seen in a recent episode of 'Criminal Minds' and also co-starred in Crystal Chapelle's new web series, "The Grove" playing the hilarious role of Gloria. Shot with a cast of veteran daytime stars, Beth is thrilled to be playing a lighter role and has been voted into the top five new web-series actresses. She was recently back to the boards in an original musical honoring World War II vets, called 'Wartime Romance,' and singing again in a production and tour of 'Anything Goes' as Reno Sweeney.
She is no stranger to the stage, from which her early experience was earned in over 80 productions and revues ranging from Shakespeare to Rodgers and Hammerstein. Roles like Helena in 'A Midsummer Nights' Dream', Penny in 'You Can't Take It With You', Mrs. Antrobus in 'Skin of our Teeth', and Pacquette in 'Candide' are particular favorites. Two years with a Lyric Opera Theater fleshed out her music comedy experience, and a sign language production at Deaf West Theater of ''Night, Mother' won her a role with Richard Dreyfus in the film 'Mr. Holland's Opus.'
Other highlights of her career were working with Carol Burnett and Hal Holbrook in an ABC special production of 'Plaza Suite', an opera singing episode of 'Love American Style' with Tony Dow, and a daring appearance on 'Circus of the Stars' atop giant Percheron circus horses doing balletic and acrobatic tricks and resin-back riding. She owns a beautiful Friesian gelding with whom she has trick trained and clicker trained for outreach and costumed exhibitions, and has rescued a second Friesian mare. A miniature cremelo horse rounds out the pasture with his antics.
An avid animal lover, Beth volunteers for a number of animal placement and rescue organizations, and lives in California's Central Coast with her own menagerie... her horses, 2 Bengal cats, and a collection of dogs from rescues to her Scottish Deerhound, Aggie, with her own Instagram account.
But seriously... on to quilting!
Designing costumes and personal and home accessories since she was 13, creating with needle and thread (and a wide range of sewing machine tech), Beth is dedicated to her other creative life. Many of her creations can be spotted on celebrities and on TV. Quilting has become a passion from her studio in the Central Coast of California, and the design and construction of her textile arts can be found in her first quilting project book currently in it's second printing. Beth is a Long Arm quilter for hire, a quilt teacher, and a blogger with an online presence that welcomes especially beginner quilters to her creative world. See Boutique Gallery for works in progress, and click links to visit her other resources.