(Bio as of February 2022)
Tyla Abercrumbie (Playwright) is an actor, writer and director who returns to the Goodman, where she appeared in SWEAT and MAGNOLIA. At TimeLine, where she is a Company Member, she directed the the TimePieces play reading of REPAIRING A NATION. In the Chicago area, she has worked as an actor at TimeLine, Chicago Shakespeare, Court, Goodman, Next and Northlight. She has also worked at Florida’s Asolo Repertory Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Milwaukee Rep and Actors Theatre of Louisville. Television credits include THE CHI (recurring role), PROVEN INNOCENT, CHICAGO PD, CHICAGO MED, SHRINK, EMPIRE, EASY, CRISIS, MOB DOCTOR, DETROIT 187, CHICAGO CODE, SHAMELESS, and PRIVATE PRACTICE. You may also have seen her at comedy clubs around town testing jokes for her stand-up show, NAKED & RAW 3 (THE TAKERS AND THE TOOKEN). Her plays include WHO’S AFRAID OF DEEPAK CHOPRA, ASYLUM (AKA LIFE), PSYCHOLOGICAL TERRORISM, NAKED AND RAW, THE STRAW, AFFAIR OF AMBIGUITY and NORMALITY. Tyla’s work has been produced by Pittsburgh Playwright’s Theatre, MPAACT Theatre and Chicago Cultural Center and THE STRAW received a professional Staged Reading with Chicago Dramatists. Her book Red Wine and the Bles’sed Monkey, a collection of prose and poetry, established her as a respected poet invited to showcase her work at venues, events and media outlets around the country, and as an opener for keynote speakers like the Reverend Jesse Jackson. Tyla grew up on the west side of the Chicago in the Austin community. She has a BA degree from Columbia College with a focus in Theatre and Creative Writing. Her partner in crime is her Yorkshire Terrier, Tobi, whom she consults with on everything.