Layla Se-Eun Kim is an international theatre director and interpreter based in London and Seoul.
Layla is taking Luke Sheppard's Hopemill production of Spring Awakening to Seoul in Summer 2021, by introducing and pitching it herself. Spring Awakening is her ultimate dream show.
Layla has participated as the Korean footage reviewer for the upcoming Youtube documentary film 'Life in a Day 2020' directed by Kevin Macdonald and produced by Ridley Scott. The film will premiere at Sundance Film Festival in 2021.
The Korean production of 'Pride and Prejudice' (Joanna Tincey), of which Layla participated as the assistant director / first script translator has won the 'Best Play of the Year' at 2019 SAGA Awards and will get a revival from September 19th 2020 to late November.
She has worked in numerous theatres as The Other Palace, London Palladium, New Wimbledon Theatre, Eventim Apollo, Canal Cafe Theatre, Etcetera Theatre Camden, Theatre N16, The Bunker, O2 Arena, O2 Empire in London, Manchester Arena, Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, AccorHotels Arena in Paris, and almost every major venues in Korea.
Layla works as the K-Pop world tour interpreter, most recently with BLACKPINK's In Your Area tour, BTS's Love Yourself world tour, Zico, Monsta-X, Day6, SF9 in London and so on. She also worked for local Seoul show of Queen, Lady Gaga, Mika, Green Day, Muse, etc.
She shadowed the associate director of 'The King and I' during its West End run at the London Palladium. She also assisted and translated for the English workshop of a new Korean musical '1446' at The Other Palace, London, UK. She is also working on the English version of a very successful Korean musical 'Gloomy Day', which she showcased at East 15 Acting School.
Her other East 15 credits are Cock (Mike Bartlett), The Inheritance (Matthew Lopez), Chicago (Kander & Ebb), Spring Awakening (Wedekind), and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Brecht).
Originally from Korea, she assistant-directed and interpreted in the productions of Wicked, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Newsies, Sweeney Todd, Something Rotten, The Immersive Great Gatsby, Daddy Long Legs, Cats, Jekyll & Hyde, Dracula, to name a few.
Layla has worked with many international theatre companies and directors such as Ivo Van Hove, Matthew Bourne, Wanye McGregor, Dimitris Papaioannou, Cirque du Soleil, Compagnia Finzi Pasca, etc.
She worked as a script translator/dramaturg for The Legend of Georgia McBride (Matthew Lopez), Pride and Prejudice (Joanna Tincey), Venus in Fur (David Ives), Skylight (David Hare), Passion (Sondheim), Dracula (Wildhorn), Houdini (Duffield).
Layla is a graduate from East 15 Acting School and Korea University. She is a proud member of Young Vic's Directors Network and Musical Theatre Network UK.
Spring Awakening (Sheik & Sater) (Seoul, Korea)
Life in a Day 2020 (Premiere at Sundance 2021)
Pride and Prejudice (Tincey) (Seoul, Korea)