Laila Ayad

Laila Ayad is an actor, singer, writer, and founding member of Ovation Award-winning IAMA Theatre Company. Her L.A. Theatre Works credits include Once Upon a Time in Nazi Occupied Tunisia and the national tour of Seven. She developed DreamWorks’ The Prince of Egypt in the leading role of Tzipporah, and both Stephen Belber’s Joan and Christopher Gabriel Núñez's Locusts at the Ojai Playwrights Conference. World premieres include Leslye Headland’s Cult of Love, Bachelorette and Reverb, Nina Braddock’s Untitled Baby Play, D.G. Watson’s Unbound, and Christian Durso’s Shiner, which she debuted Off-Broadway. Other theater credits include the Los Angeles premiere of John Patrick Shanley’s French Waitress(Triptych Theatre Company), Gruesome Playground Injuries (Dairy Arts Center), The Last Days of Mary Stuart (Son of Semele Ensemble), Why We Have a Body (The Producers' Club), Macbeth (Gielgud Theatre), and The Mystery of King Tut (National Tour). Television and film credits include Charlotte Reid on ABC's Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, Reception, and Exodus Fall. Laila has taught master classes in theater performance at Middlebury College, University of Richmond, and Miami University. She is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.