Business Manager & Teaching Artist
Bayard Rustin Educational Campus, Manhattan
Getting Out and Staying Out, Manhattan
Kayla fell in love with storytelling in church. She competed in speech and show choir in high school and represented South Dakota in the Poetry Out Loud competition through the National Endowment for the Arts. At The Ohio State University she found her home in the Black community. She directed shows and helped foster a community of artists as Artistic Director of the Black Student Theatre Network. She organized the annual Poetry Slam with the African American Heritage Festival. And she was a recipient of the Beanie S. Drake Leadership Scholarship. In 2010 she graduated with two degrees in Theatre and International Studies.
Later in Columbus while walking by a renovated church with a butterfly on the doorway, she met her second love: teaching. At Directions for Youth and Families, she engaged with young people; teaching acting technique, stage makeup, set and lighting design, and improv. She continued her teaching artist training with the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Stand Up for Shakespeare Initiative and with the Teaching Artist Training Institute.
Shortly after moving to New York, Kayla learned about the inspirational work at Opening Act through a friend and was eager to apply. Now she continues to pursue her love of storytelling, teaching and business management with this incredible organization.
As an actor, Kayla has performed at La Mama, HERE Arts, the Humana Festival and with the Obie-Award winning Fire This Time Festival. She is a proud alumni of the Actors Theatre of Louisville Acting Apprenticeship. kaylajackmon.