Karla is a writer for theatre, film and television.
Karla got her start as a professional writer after her six-part mystery thriller was optioned by ITV Studios and she was invited to co-develop a series for Lime Pictures. Before that, she spent over five years as an Assistant Producer in Specialist Music at Radio 1 and 1Xtra where she worked with a whole horde of presenters including Trevor Nelson, Annie Mac, and DJ Target. She also produced Radio 4 arts show Front Row and worked extensively with BBC Asian Network and 6 Music.
In 2017, Karla was one of ten writers shortlisted for Theatre503’s annual residency programme. Later that year, her Edinburgh Fringe show previewed at the theatre before completing a full run at Underbelly, where it was longlisted for the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award.
In 2018, Karla completed a year's actor training at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, after which she founded inclusive company Dead Good Theatre. She performed as the lead in a sold out run of The Thing That Came to Dinner at London’s Vault Festival, starred in RCSSD’s production of Alice Birch’s Astronauts and went on to perform in a self-penned short play in front of a sold out audience at Southwark Playhouse.
After returning to her beloved hometown of Manchester, she was part of the writers room for BBC/Netflix series Get Even. At the beginning of 2020, Karla filmed a supporting role in a TV comedy pilot and she is now half way through a two year tenure as Playwright on Attachment at the Royal Exchange Theatre.
Her full length play Leaving debuted at The Bunker in December 2019. Karla starred in and co-produced the show alongside her emerging company Dead Good Theatre. She is currently writing her sixth episode of Channel 4's Hollyoaks and is also working on a new drama series set in Tower Hamlets.