Kaila Galinat is a NYC-based actor
from the quiet woods of Eastern Connecticut. She has been on and off stage with all sorts of performing arts for most of her life. After t-ball, soccer, and even a few dance lessons couldn’t hold her interest at a young age (she quit soccer after the coach told her she couldn’t sit on the ball whenever she wanted), she started to dedicate more of her time to the arts. Through elementary school and middle school, she joined every community play, musical and school chorus group she could, and even directed a community youth talent show for two years at her town’s Finnish American Heritage Society (doesn't every town have one of those?).
Drama, Music, Comedy and Movement
In 2016 Kaila received a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts at Adelphi University, where she had the pleasure of exploring a variety of topics, including performing and analyzing classical drama, stand-up comedy, musical theatre dance, text analysis, accents, acting for camera, and voiceover technique. In her junior year, she landed the lead role of Janet in the Rocky Horror Show and was able to explore her vocal and character range and have loads of fun doing so.
Now, Kaila trains with Broadway performer Clinton Sherwood (Book of Mormon tour/Broadway swing) in contemporary musical theatre. She has always had a passion for music and continues to develop her voice and knowledge of music theory.
Growing up, Kaila was a Girl Scout for nine years, which taught her that education and being a well-rounded person is especially important for young women. This is something that would stick with her for the rest of her life. While she focused on performing in high school, she also joined the Quiz Bowl, cheerleading and track teams, played drums in the marching band, and won the school Spelling Bee. All this led to her acceptance into Adelphi University, where she challenged herself academically within the Levermore Global Scholars Program. It was with this program that she started to understand how arts can have a meaningful impact on political and social issues. From here, Kaila established a relationship with Artists Striving to End Poverty, starting a chapter of the organization at Adelphi and becoming a young ASTEP Fellow in 2014. She recently traveled with ASTEP to India to volunteer as an arts teacher at Shanti Bhavan Children's Project and found the experience incredibly rewarding and artistically refreshing.
Off the stage, Kaila loves traveling and having outdoor adventures. Hiking, camping, bike riding, painting, and yoga are the things that keep her feeling refreshed and energized. In college, she traveled to Costa Rica on a study abroad program, where she hiked through three different rainforests, stayed at a completely self-sustainable ranch, and practiced speaking Spanish with local residents (this was her happy place). Kaila is a hard worker who is willing to let her work take her anywhere in the world.