Associate Artistic Director
Originally from Albuquerque, NM and more recently transplanted from Seattle, WA, Kayla is a Chicago based director, producer, and teaching artist. Most recently Kayla completed a directing internship at The Artistic Home where she produced and directed for the annual Cut the Chase Festival, assistant directed The School for Lies, and and stage managed By the Bog of Cats. Directing credits include Quality: The Shoe Play and TopDog/Underdog (Assistant Director) at Bellingham TheatreWorks, Office Hours (world premiere) at The Idiom Theatre (Bellingham, WA), and The Aliens at The National Autonomous University of Mexico (Mexico City). The Aliens was part of Teatro UNAM’s annual international festival and cultural exchange program, and was later toured to KCACTF Region VII and the greater Seattle area. She acted as Assistant Director for The Summer Youth Theatre Institute (WA state), and as lead teacher and coordinator in the Bellingham Public Schools after-school arts enrichment program. Kayla holds a degree in Theatre Arts with concentrations in Education and Acting from Western Washington University. Academic and self-produced directing credits include Mr. Marmalade, The Dumb Waiter, How I Learned to Drive (Assistant Director), God of Carnage, Control, A Streetcar Named Desire, and The Plague . She has trained in Meisner, Linklater, Suzuki, Growtowski, devising, and Viewpoints; relevant acting credits include Sydnee in Black Flag at WWU's Hip-Hop Theatre Weekend, Ensemble in Bring your Stories to Life hosted by Jeopardy Magazine, Ensemble in Pool: No Water, produced by Michael Bontatibus and performed at Mary Wayte Pool, and Isobel in An Experiment with an Airpump at WWU.