Born in Rapid City, South Dakota, Maitland and her family moved to Scottsdale, Arizona when she was seven. By age thirteen she had already appeared in numerous community theatre and dinner theatre productions. She attended Arizona State University, majoring in music and theatre. Maitland moved to Los Angeles in 1978 and worked in night clubs while taking acting classes at the Los Angeles Film Industry Workshop.
On television, Maitland has appeared in several made-for-television movies, and a supporting role in Mr. Holland's Opus. She is active in a Los Angeles theater company, and currently does voice over work, radio plays, and appears live with the Santa Clarita Playhouse.