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 Nomad Motel (forthcoming Rolling World Premiere at City Theatre, Pittsburgh, Horizon Theatre in Atlanta and Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City; Asian American Mixfest at the Atlantic Theatre in NYC; NNPN Showcase of New Plays; O’Neill Playwrights Conference; CrossRoads Commission from SCR; 2017 Kilroys List play), The Two Kids That Blow Shit Up (Artists at Play, Theatre Mu; Breaking Ground at Huntington Theatre), Fast Company (South Coast Rep, Lyric Stage, Ensemble Studio Theatre, PFP in Seattle ), TBA (2g), The Sugar House at the Edge of the Wilderness (Ma-Yi Theatre Company), Dirty and Big Blind/Little Blind.
Her full-length plays have been produced or workshopped by The O’Neill Playwrights Conference, South Coast Rep, Center Theater Group, Huntington Theatre Company, the National New Play Network, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Lark Play Development Center, Ma-Yi Theatre Company, Unicorn Theatre Company, The Women’s Project, Partial Comfort, 2g, The Hegira, Ferocious Lotus, Porkfilled Productions and Artists at Play among others.
She’s currently under a Toulmin Commission from the Atlantic Theatre writing a new play entitled Revenge Porn that will be workshopped at Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor in Summer 2018.
She’s an alumna of The Women’s Project Lab, the Lark Play Development Center Meeting of the Minds, the CTG Writers’ Workshop and the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. Former Artistic Director of Asian American Theater Company, 2g.
Urban Artists Initiative fellow, Teachers and Writers Collaborative fellow and Lark Playwrights Workshop fellow.
TBA is published in Out of Time and Place. Fast Company is published by Samuel French. BA, Vassar College. MFA, New School for Drama.
Proud member of New Dramatists and The Kilroys. Carla wrote on USA’s Graceland, AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead, Amazon’s I Love Dick, Beau Willimon’s forthcoming The First for Hulu and AMC’s Preacher.
She’s taught workshops for The New Victory Theater, Lincoln Center Institute, The Public Theater, The Women’s Project, TDF, American Place Theater, Young Playwrights, The Wallis Annenberg Center and Center Theater Group. She also taught Playwriting at Pace University in NY.