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Originally hailing from the best city in the world, Philadelphia, PA, Kayla Coleman is a NYC based actor, singer, dancer, musician and activist.

Kayla grew up as an only child raised by her mother Karen, with a music filled family surrounding her. The shyest of kids, Kayla did not openly share her musical gifts with her family, church, or community until she was 11 years old.

Kayla began to stand out with her vocal capacities, earning herself entry into the Pennsylvania Girlchoir. Kayla won numerous awards and scholarships in the tri-state area for voice, including the Marian Anderson Award, Anna M. Vincent Scholarship Trust, The National Associate of University Women, among others. Along with voice, Kayla began performing flute solos at events across the Philadelphia area.

During her high school years at Episcopal Academy, Kayla fully integrated herself into her school community - seriously, there wasn’t a club that she didn’t attend at least once. At Episcopal, she honed her acting, singing and dancing skills for the stage. Kayla won The Dora Khyatt Prize for Music, PMEA All-State Chorus Finalist, and Carnegie Pennsylvania Hall High School Honors Series, which earned her the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall.

Kayla is a May 2018 graduate from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts’ Undergraduate Department of Drama. Kayla completed her professional training at the New Studio on Broadway, and studied at  NYU’s campus in Accra, Ghana.


Kayla is passionate about cultural specificity and exploration of theatrical expression within the African Diaspora. New theater, film and television projects that question, critique, and engage the intersections of race, class, culture, gender, from new perspectives and voices are pivotal to Kayla's artistic voice.

Kayla was most recently seen in the Argyle Theater’s production of Hairspray (Dynamite). Up next, Kayla will be joining the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival as a member of their Conservatory Company for their 2019 season, including: Into the Woods (Little Red), Cymbeline, and Much Ado About Nothing.

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