Currently Based: London
Kayla Feldman is a freelance director and writer for the page, stage, and screen. At least three people have described her as “driven” which is apt because she doesn’t have a driver’s licence. She is the youngest of anywhere between three and eight children depending on who you ask. Her life goal is to hike every trail in Rocky Mountain National Park before she’s 60. As a British-American, Queer, Jewish, neurodivergent, sober atheist born in the 90s, she spends quite a lot of her time explaining herself to people.
theatre, film & TV
Represented by Jennifer Thomas at United Agents
Kayla trained on the M.A. in Theatre Directing at Mountview, Shakespeare’s Globe Directing Studio, and Directors Lab North in Toronto. She is a Co-Founder of Snapper Theatre and Sovereign Writers Group, and was part of the inaugural cohort for the NO BORDERS Artists Project at the Royal Court Theatre. Previously, she was Associate Producer for Maiden Speech Festival, a script-reader for Hampstead Theatre, a theatre scout for Theatre503, and a literary associate for Abingdon Theatre Company in New York. Her play Watchdog was a longlisted for the Women's Prize for Playwriting and Theatre503's International Playwriting Prize in 2023, shortlisted for the RSC's 37 Plays Project, and was a top-ten finalist for Titchfield Festival Theatre's New Playwriting Award and recieved an honourable mention from the Jewish Plays Project Priz in 2022. She has taught actors, writers, and theatremakers at Mountview, Identity School of Acting, Stagecoach, Caspa Arts, and elsewhere.
poetry & Prose
(as Kayla Martell Feldman)
Kayla has performed poetry across London and elsewhere, and co-hosts the Process spoken word open mic night with Tyrone Lewis. Her work has been widely published across the UK and North America, and been featured on the Dead Darlings and Artists That Work podcasts. In 2022, she won second place in the Crossing the Tees short story competition. She is a three-time Genesis Poetry Slam Winner and has had work commissioned by JW3, Canada Water Theatre, Watch Your Mouth, Vashti Media, and The Narcissist Cookbook. In 2020, she took part in the invite-only Roundhouse Poetry Weekender led by Bridget Minamore and Cecilia Knapp. In 2021, she self-published her debut poetry collection, Tikva, and her second collection is out now from Verve Poetry Press.