Karla studied Aboriginal Theatre at WAAPA and is Alumni and holds a BA in Contemporary Arts majoring in Performing Arts from Edith Cowan University.
Karla holds the 2021 Aboriginal Award for West Australian of the Year.
Karla is an award-winning filmmaker, actress and radio personality. Karla was Perth’s NAIDOC Artist of the Year in 2009 and 2017 and holds a 2020 International ImagineNATIVE Award, WA Screen Award, WA Fringe Award, WA Performing Arts Award and a Deadly Award.
Karla’s film credits include NITV and AFL sports entertainment show Yokayi Footy series 1, 2 and 3, Cinefest finalist short drama Tooly, Family Rules Series 1, 2 and 3 (NITV), On Country Kitchen Series 1 an 2 (NITV), Virtual Whadjuk (VR project), Nyoongar Footy Magic (NITV) and other short documentary films. To date Karla’s film credits are over 90 full lengths episodes on television.
Karla has an extensive background in radio, in theatre, as a Noongar cultural dancer and choreographer, singer and speaker, MC, workshop facilitator for dance, Noongar language and performance and major event curator for over 10 years plus across City of Perth and performs with Noongar dance group Kwarbah Djookian singing in language for over 10 years.