"It's not the having; 

it's the getting."


Elizabeth Taylor



"It's communication;

that's what theatre is all about."


Chita Rivera


"I have only one rule in acting:

Trust the director and give him heart and soul."


Ava Gardner



About kayla


Kayla is a Chicago-based actress and arts administrator. She was most recently seen at The Fireside Theatre in Guys and Dolls, a run cut short by the COVID-19 crisis.


Chicago credits include The Wizard of Oz (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), South Pacific (Drury Lane Theatre), Can-CanBilly ElliotLittle Me (Porchlight Music Theatre), PippinMary Poppins (Mercury Theater Chicago), Anything Goes, Gypsy, and Mame (Music Theater Works, formerly Light Opera Works).


She is the creator of Call Me Elizabeth, a solo performance piece focusing on the early life of Elizabeth Taylor. The piece enjoyed an initial reading at The Den Theatre that was named one of the Top 3 Solo Events of 2019 by the Michael and Mona Heath Fund. 


In addition to her stage credits, Kayla has worked in development, marketing, and finance for Goodman Theatre and Writers Theatre. She is a consultant for Artistic Fundraising Groupproviding grant writing and fundraising services for various nonprofits. Passionate about the arts and creative expression, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing & Editing from Youngstown State University and is a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.


Catch her if you can.

Photos: Cassie Scott, Collin Quinn Rice, Brett Beiner, Adam Decker, Bari Baskin