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

Layla is the resident director of

The Nature of Forgetting (

and Six ( in Korea.

She's working on three new Korean musicals' international collaboration and cross-language workshops in 2023.

Layla directed and translated 'A Hundred Words for Snow' by Tatty Hennessy. It opened in Spring 2022 season at Dream Art Center, Seoul, and received a revival in the same year. (

Layla brought 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. (

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.

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.

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.


Red Book (Jung Seok Han & Sun Young Lee) (London, UK)

The Nature of Forgetting (Theatre RE) (Seoul, Korea)

The Birch Grove (You Jeong Chang) (Seoul, Korea)

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