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 Revenge Porn or the Story of a Body (Toulmin Commission for The Atlantic; O’Neill Playwrights Conference 2021), Nomad Motel (Rolling World Premiere at City Theatre, Pittsburgh, Horizon Theatre in Atlanta and Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City; NY Premier The Atlantic Theatre in NYC; 2017 Kilroys List play), The Two Kids That Blow Shit Up (Artists at Play, Theatre Mu), Fast Company (South Coast Rep, Ensemble Studio Theatre ), TBA (2g), The Sugar House at the Edge of the Wilderness (Ma-Yi Theatre Company).
Her full-length plays have been produced or workshopped by Artists at Play, Aurora Theatre, The Atlantic Theatre Company, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, Center Theater Group, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Ferocious Lotus, The Hegira, Huntington Theatre Company, The Lark Play Development Center, Lyric Stage, Ma-Yi Theatre Company, Unicorn Theatre Company, Midnight Rice, The National New Play Network Showcase of New Plays, The O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Partial Comfort, Porkfilled Productions, South Coast Rep, The Women’s Project and among others.
Former Artistic Director of Asian American Theater Company, 2g.
Urban Artists Initiative fellow, Teachers and Writers Collaborative fellow and Lark Playwrights Workshop fellow. She’s co-recipient with Aleshea Harris, Donja R. Love, Kia Corthron and Mfoniso Udofia of the 2021 Horton Foot Playwriting Playwriting Award from the Dramatist Guild.
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 founding member of 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 AMC’s Preacher, Apple’s Home Before Dark and the forthcoming Mr. and Mrs. Smith co-created by Francesca Sloane, Phoebe Waller Bridge and Donald Glover. She is currently developing a new project with Netflix.
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.