About Us

ReelMavens is a production company founded by women seeking artistic empowerment through independent filmmaking.  We encourage diversity and the participation of women in filmmaking, both in front of and behind the camera. 

ReelMavens produces work that explores the human condition and challenges traditional gender roles.  We prosper by collaborating with like-minded artists and by pooling our resources to thrive artistically, socially and financially. 

ReelMavens operates in line with the personal values of its founding members, which are kindness, integrity and respect.  We strive to positively impact our community by producing ingenious and inventive work that inspires our audiences and exemplifies our values.

Our Founders

Rebecca Nyahay is a hard working actor/producer/director who is dedicated to the development of new work that has a lasting social impact.  Rebecca has acted in/directed over 75 one-act and full length plays over the past 10 years and produced a number of one-act festivals and a few short films.  She produced and starred in the short film, The Ribbon, and appears as Nikki in the web series Haywire (www.haywireseries.com).  Some past favorite roles include White in Blacken the Bubble, C.B. in Street Theater, Carol in North of Providence, Lady MacBeth in MacBeth, Li’l Bit in How I Learned to Drive, Joan in Sexual Perversity in Chicago and Rosemary in Rosemary with Ginger.  Rebecca is a graduate of the Maggie Flanigan Studio, a LAByrinth Master Class Alumni and works with Barefoot Theatre Company.

Until recently, Rebecca was the Director of Operations & Experiences for cityHUNT, a team building scavenger hunt company.  She was with the company for 9 years and the lead producer, event planner and DO for the last 5.  Some past clients include Google, Amex, Swiss Army, Moody’s and L’Oreal.  Early on, Rebecca worked as a securities litigation paralegal for 5 years with a small firm before moving on to become Senior Corporate Paralegal at the HQ of Starwood Hotels & Resorts.   She has worked on freelance assignment for American Express, The Mets Organization and Eurohypo and continues to consult on various types of events.


Raushanah Simmons is a New York based actress working professionally in the industry for almost a decade. An alumni of Brooklyn Technical H.S., Raushanah received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sport Science from Long Island University under the Chase Smart Start Scholarship endowed by JP Morgan Chase.  It was at Chase she learned the value of diligence, teamwork, professionalism and diversity in the workplace.  Raushanah later moved on to International Project Finance team in Citibank, N.A. where she was a corporate officer in the the Trust Sales Group before embarking on her acting career.

Raushanah has had the privilege of working in numerous theatrical projects over the years including most recently Annie (in theaters December 2014), The Other Woman (20th Century Fox), The Blacklist (NBC), Hostages (CBS) and Do No Harm (NBC). Some of her favorite theater credits include In the Red and Brown Water (Studio Theater, DC), Mother Courage (NYSF), ScreenPlay (Flea Theater), The Lesser Seductions of History (FLUX Theatre Ensemble), The Tempest (Public Theatre Shakespeare Lab). Raushanah has also appeared in numerous national commercials.  She is proud member of SAG-AFTRA and Actor’s Equity.