Born in Sheepshead Bay and raised in central New Jersey, Kayla has been performing since age nine. Her first official stage appearance was playing Wendy Darling in her summer camp’s production of Peter Pan. Although she peed her nightgown onstage in front of her fellow campers, she knew it wouldn’t be her last time performing vulnerably for an audience.
Since then, Kayla’s love affair with all things artistic has only grown stronger. She attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied acting, playwriting, devising, and directing at Playwrights Horizons Theater School, and Shakespeare while abroad in London at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. At RADA, she was fortunate enough to conquer such roles as Paulina in The Winter’s Tale, Lady Anne in Richard III, and Tamora, Queen of the Goths, in Titus Andronicus.
In 2014, Kayla created and starred in The WorkOut!, an immersive theatrical fitness farce, with frequent collaborator, Chris Andrae. The WorkOut! was quickly adapted as a film, The WorkOut Video!, and received an official premiere in August 2015.
Following the success of The WorkOut Video!, Kayla had the distinct opportunity to work alongside Clubbed Thumb, Sarah DeLappe, and Lila Neugebauer while performing as #8 in the original workshops of The Wolves, which culminated in a reading at The Wild Project in 2015.
Soon after, Kayla was cast in the Alabama Shakespeare Festival's 2015/2016 Acting Apprentice Company. With ASF, she performed in The Comedy of Errors, A Christmas Carol, Cinderella, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. She also had the great honor of playing the lead in Starstruck - a play by the brilliant Lucille Lichtblau - which had its world premiere at ASF's Southern Writers' Project new works festival.
Kayla’s play, Lilith in Pisces, received a staged reading at Dixon Place in June 2018, and will be fully mounted at the Hudson Guild Theater in August 2019, as part of the New York Theater Festival’s annual Summerfest. Kayla will play Erin, a Cancer, in the production.
In addition to performing and writing for the stage, Kayla has acted in numerous films and series pilots, including Ian Owes U!, which premiered at the New York Television Festival in July 2018, and The Bachelors of Broken Hill Farms, premiering in the summer of 2019.
Most recently, Kayla played Ophelia (as well as Laertes, Claudius, and both gravediggers!) in Adam Matthias’ four-person production of Hamlet at the Brick Theater in Williamsburg. She also completed the Improv Training Program at the Upright Citizens’ Brigade Theater in December 2018, and has since been performing long-form improv with her indie team, Hobby Lobby Baby Hammer, at venues throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn.