An LA native, Carla stumbled upon pan-Asian performance collective Peeling at the Asian American Writers Workshop and wrote and performed with them for three years, which she still considers her first theater training.
Her plays include TBA (2g, dir. Denyse Owens), The Sugar House at the Edge of the Wilderness (Ma-Yi Theater Company, dir. Daniella Topol), Dirty, Big Blind/Little Blind, and Fast Company (an EST/Sloan commission; part of the 2013 South Coast Repertory Theater Pacific Playwrights Festival)and The Two Kids That Blow Shit Up.
Her pieces have been produced or workshopped by South Coast Rep, Ma-Yi Theatre Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Lark Play Development Center, The Women’s Project, Partial Comfort, 2g, Desipina & Company, The Hegira, Red Fern Theater Company and Vampire Cowboys among others.
She’s an alumna of The Women’s Project Lab 2008-2010, the 2011/12 Lark Play Development Center Meeting of the Minds and a current member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. 2008 Urban Artists Initiative fellow, a 2009/2010 Teachers and Writers Collaborative fellow and a 2010/11 Lark Playwrights Workshop fellow. She’s been in residence at Voice and Vision’s Envision retreat with Women’s Project, the Rockefeller Foundation and NY Stage and Film with the Lark. TBA is published in Out of Time and Place. BA, Vassar College. MFA, New School for Drama. Former Artistic Director of 2g.
As an actor, she has appeared in the short films “Digital Antiquities” by J.P.Chan and “Terra
Cotta” by Samantha Chance, directed by Yasmine Gomez and “Pillowed,” written and
directed by Samantha Chanse.
As a teaching artist, she’s worked for The New Victory Theater, Lincoln Center Institute,
The Public Theater, The Women’s Project, TDF, American Place Theater and Young