An LA native, Carla stumbled upon pan-Asian performance collective Peeling at the Asian American Writers Workshop and wrote, performed and produced with them for three years, which she still considers her first theater training.
Her plays include Nomad Motel (Rolling World Premiere at City Theatre, Horizon Theatre and Unicorn Theatre; NY Premiere at The Atlantic Theatre Company, The Two Kids That Blow Shit Up (Artists at Play, Mu Performing Arts, Midnight Rice, Aurora Theatre Company, The Kitchen) Fast Company (South Coast Rep, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Lyric Stage, PFP and Mu Performing Arts), TBA (2g), The Sugar House at the Edge of the Wilderness (Ma-Yi Theater Company) and Big Blind/Little Blind.
Her work has been developed at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference (2015 and 2021), Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, Huntington Theatre Company, the NNPN Showcase of New Plays, The Women’s Project Lab, The Lark Play Development Center's Writers Workshop and Meeting of the Minds, the CTG Writers’ Workshop, the Ma-Yi Writers Lab and the Ammo Theatre Company Playwrights Lab.
Former Artistic Director of Asian American Theater Company, 2g.
Her play Revenge Porn or The Story of a Body was a Toulmin Commission for the Atlantic Theatre Company.
TBA is published in Out of Time and Place. Fast Company is published by Samuel French. Nomad Motel will be published by Theatre Rights Worldwide. BA, Vassar College. MFA, New School for Drama.
Proud member of New Dramatists and founding member of The Kilroys. Co-recipient of the 2021 Horton Foote Playwriting Award from the Dramatist Guild.
Carla wrote on Graceland, Fear the Walking Dead, I Love Dick, The First, Preacher. Home Before Dark and the forthcoming Mr. + Mrs. Smith from Francesca Sloane and Donald Glover. She's in development on shows for Netflix and FX.