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 (CrossRoads Commission from SCR), Fast Company (EST/Sloan Commission; winner of the Edgerton New American Play Award and The Seattle Times’ Footlights Award for Top Play on a Smaller Stage ), TBA, The Sugar House at the Edge of the Wilderness, Dirty, Big Blind/Little Blind, and The Two Kids That Blow Shit Up.
Her full-length plays have been produced or workshopped by The O’Neill Playwrights Conference, South Coast Rep, Center Theater Group, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Lark Play Development Center, Ma-Yi Theatre Company, The Women’s Project, Partial Comfort, 2g, The Hegira, Porkfilled Productions, and Artists at Play among others.
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 Season Two of USA’s Graceland and Season Two of AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead. She is currently working on Amazon’s I Love Dick.
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.