The actors have to rehearse in the upstairs lobby as the Baghdad symphony orchestra is practising in the auditorium. But for Mays, it's good to be working at all.
"It wasn't possible to work during the war and afterwards," she says.
"I was out of work like other actors. We started up again with Iraqi satellite TV seven months ago.
"I think we were the last ones to come back to work - after the engineers and technicians."