Karla got her start as a professional writer after her six-part mystery thriller was optioned by ITV Studios and she was invited to co-develop a series for Lime Pictures. Before that, she spent over five years as an Assistant Producer in Specialist Music at Radio 1 and 1Xtra where she worked with a whole horde of presenters including Trevor Nelson, Annie Mac, and DJ Target. She also produced Radio 4 arts show Front Row and worked extensively with BBC Asian Network and 6 Music.
In 2017, Karla was one of ten writers shortlisted for Theatre503’s annual residency programme. Later that year, her Edinburgh Fringe show previewed at the theatre before completing a full run at Underbelly, where it was longlisted for the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award.
In 2018, Karla completed a year's actor training at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, after which she founded inclusive company Dead Good Theatre. She performed as the lead in a sold out run of The Thing That Came to Dinner at London’s Vault Festival, starred in RCSSD’s production of Alice Birch’s Astronauts and went on to perform in a self-penned short play in front of a sold out audience at Southwark Playhouse.
After returning to her beloved hometown of Manchester, she was part of the writers room for forthcoming Netflix series Get Even in March 2019. Karla recently filmed a supporting role in a feature film and has just begun a year's tenure as Playwright on Attachment at the Royal Exchange Theatre. Her full length play Leaving debuted at The Bunker in December 2019. Karla starred in and co-produced the show alongside her emerging company Dead Good Theatre. She is currently under commission with Channel 4's Hollyoaks and is also working on a teen drama for the BBC.