optimistic skeptic; writer, theatre maker, producer, playwright
Laylah has been involved in theatre and writing creative fiction since childhood. Raised in an extended urban family of poets, musicians, and performance artists Laylah got her start acting with her family’s avant-garde puppet theatre troupe, Handghost Theatre in the 1980s. She performed in LCTC’s production of the Laramie Project (2018), Spare Stage’s production of Talking Heads (2016), and Ex Nihilo’s Terra Incognito radio play series (2016). Her plays have been produced by Playland Productions, PianoFight, PCSF, and Wily West, with readings by SF Olympians Festival, Quantum Dragon Theatre, and Monday Night Playground. Laylah served on the board for the Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco (2005-2009). In 2009 Laylah joined Wily West Productions as their Executive Producer where she served until 2015, presenting several award winning, nominated, and critically acclaimed productions of new works by local area writers and theatre artists. She produced the annual short play festival “Sheherezade” from 2008-2014, which received a TBA nomination for Outstanding Anthology for “Sheherezade 14“. Laylah was a member of the Playground SF – Monday Night Playground writer’s pool in the 2016/2017 season. She is the Artistic Director for Spare Stage in San Francisco.
She is a proud member of the Dramatist’s Guild, Playwrights Center (Minneapolis), and International Centre of Women Playwrights. Occasionally a poem happens, a video gets edited, and sounds get designed.