Karla has worked professionally with young performing artists since 2000, as a Drama/Acting Teacher, Producer and Director of Theatre and Film.
She graduated with a BA (Drama Studies) from Edith Cowan University, Masters in Teaching (Secondary) from Notre Dame University and a Graduate Diploma (Directing) from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).
She also spent a year studying Directing at the University of Missouri-Columbia, USA.
Karla was Head of Drama for 5 years at Mazenod College in Western Australia.
In 2006, she also became the Artistic Director and founder of PAGE OF WANDS THEATRE COMPANY, an independent collective of trained theatre artists, specialising in the production of contemporary and musical theatre.
Karla has a passion for the development and production of new text-based work, working as a director and dramaturg on a number of Australian Premiere productions.
She is currently dramaturging 3 new works for The Seed: Staged Reading program and working on 2 newly commissioned works by internationally renowned Australian playwrights Angela Betzien and Finegan Kruckemeyer, for World Premiere productions at CYT.