Kayla Carter is …

a multi-disciplinary artist, community educator, equity and diversity consultant, reiki healer.

Kayla Carter is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, and healer. She is a Toronto-based black, disabled, femme survivor who is of Jamaican, Cuban, and Maroon ancestry and believes that her existence is not accidental, but very deliberate.

Her work focuses on ancestral and inter-generational trauma, shame, healing, queerness, race, gender, disability justice and what it means to be unabashedly human.

As a healer, Kayla’s work focuses on mental health, self-care, self-love ancestral and intergenerational trauma, sustainable forms of healing, and radical reproductive justice/healing.

She recently graduated Suma Cumae Laude from York University with a Masters Degree in Health Studies, where she wrote her thesis entitled the telling, the making and the haunting, which focused on race, mental health, gender and trauma.

Her play For Fried Plantains debuted at the National Arts Centre of Canada ,has been shown across Canada and the U.S. and was recently the Keynote Performance for the Activate History Conference.

In May 2015 her first short film Lay it down (2015) ( Producer, Director, Writer, Actor, Sound), was screened at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Following Lay it down she produced, directed and wrote her second film based on her first play For Fried Plantin

Kayla is the founder of Gravel Pitt Productions, where she is currently in pre-production for her first documentary entitled Sad Girls Club. She would like to thank her ancestors and remind them that their work was not in vain. She would also like to acknowledge the Mississaugas of the Credit River and unceded Three Fires Confederacy Territories, as the land where she is currently a settler.