Laila Ayad

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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 tours of Lucy Loves Desi: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sitcom and Seven. She developed DreamWorks’ The Prince of Egypt for the stage in the leading role of ‘Tzipporah’, and both Stephen Belber’s Joan and Christopher Gabriel Núñez's Locusts at the Ojai Playwrights Conference. World premiere credits 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). Film and television 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.