Kyla is a playwright from the San Francisco Bay Area. Her debut play Fall, In Love and War was developed by Anna Deavere Smith and supported by the Astrea Foundation. She has developed her work through the Hemispheric Institute, Institute for Art and Civic Dialogue and the Institute for Theatre in the Jazz Aesthetic. Kyla’s work as a producer informs her playwriting practice; Kyla co-piloted/produced the Creative Ecosystem initiative at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, a model later expanded at 651 Arts and the Kennedy Center.
As a dramaturg Kyla has worked extensively with artists such as Daniel Alexander Jones and Sharon Bridgforth and has dramaturged works developed at Lincoln Center, Soho Rep, the Classical Theatre of Harlem, the Sundance Institute and La Mama, Etc.
Kyla’s work in creative research – exploring the history of California real estate, agribusiness and conservative campaign management – has been presented at the University of Heidelberg, The American University of Paris, New York University and the New School. She holds a BA in Metropolitan Studies, minor in Public Health from UCLA and an MA in Interdisciplinary Research from NYU.