Kyla Searle hails from the San Francisco Bay Area and now lives on two coasts. Her debut play Fall, In Love and War was developed by Anna Deavere Smith and supported by the Astrea Foundation. She has developed her work through the Hemispheric Institute, Institute for Art and Civic Dialogue and the Institute for Theatre in the Jazz Aesthetic. As a producer Kyla specializes in new work and initiatives; she served as a producer for the Creative Ecosystem project at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, a model later expanded at 651 Arts and the Kennedy Center.
As a dramaturg Kyla has worked extensively with artists such as Daniel Alexander Jones and Sharon Bridgforth and has dramaturged works developed at Lincoln Center, Soho Rep, the Classical Theatre of Harlem, the Sundance Institute and La Mama, Etc. Her work as a dramaturg has been recognized by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival and the Eugene O’Neill Playwriting Center.
Kyla’s work in creative research - exploring the history of California real estate, agribusiness and conservative campaign management - has been presented at the University of Heidelberg, The American University of Paris, New York University and the New School. She holds a BA in Metropolitan Studies, minor in Public Health from UCLA, an MA in Interdisciplinary Research from NYU and an M.F.A. from Brown University. She teaches Playwriting at Brown University.