Layla Se-Eun Kim is an international theatre director based in London and Seoul.

Layla is bringing the West End production of Amelie to Korea as the Korean associate director.


Layla directs and translates 'A Hundred Words for Snow' by Tatty Hennessy. It opens on the 15th March 2022 at Dream Art Center, Seoul. (http://ticket.yes24.com/Perf/41431)

Layla is taking Luke Sheppard's Hope Mill production of Spring Awakening to Seoul in Summer-Autumn 2021, by introducing and pitching it herself. Spring Awakening is her ultimate dream show. (https://tickets.interpark.com/goods/21004531)

Layla has participated as the Korean translator for the Apple TV series Pachinko based on the namesake novel by Min Jin Lee. She also worked as the Korean reviewer for the Youtube documentary film 'Life in a Day 2020'  directed by Kevin Macdonald and produced by Ridley Scott. The film premiered 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 won the 'Best Play of the Year' at 2019 SAGA Awards and got a revival in 2020 and a tour in 2021.


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 on Seoul concerts 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 in London. 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, Hadestown, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Newsies, Sweeney Todd, Something Rotten, The Immersive Great Gatsby, Daddy Long Legs, Cats, Jekyll & Hyde, The Lion King, Dracula, to name a few.

Layla has worked with many international theatre companies and directors such as Ivo Van Hove, Matthew Bourne, Wayne McGregor, Dimitris Papaioannou, Cirque du Soleil, Mark Morris Dance Group, Compagnia Finzi Pasca, etc.

She worked as a script translator/dramaturg for Pride and Prejudice (Joanna Tincey), A Number (Caryl Churchill), Skylight (David Hare), Passion (Sondheim), Dracula (Wildhorn), Houdini (Duffield) and many more.

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.


Amelie (Daniel Messé, Nathan Tysen, Craig Lucas) (Seoul, Korea)

A Hundred Words for Snow (Tatty Hennessy) (Seoul, Korea)

Next to Normal(Tom Kitt, Brian Yorkey) (Seoul, Korea)


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