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 in a music filled family. 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 concerts at events across the Philadelphia region.
During her high school years at Episcopal Academy, Kayla fully integrated herself into her school community. 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 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 where she completed her minor in Africana Studies.
Kayla is passionate about and invested in projects across theater, film/television and other mediums that examine humanity from marginalized Black perspectives. She is committed to new work that centers narratives from and about Black queer folx's and women's voices.
Kayla was most recently seen in the Off-Broadway world premiere production of "The Cotillion" directed and written by Colette Robert and produced by New Georges and The Movement Theater Company.
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