Karla completed her Bachelor of Arts majoring in Contemporary Performance at Edith Cowan University and also has a Cert IV in Aboriginal Theatre from West Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
Karla is an award winning filmmaker, writer, director, producer, Noongar dancer, teacher and singer, actor, event coordinator, Master of Ceremonies, public speaker and workshop facilitator.
Karla was recently awarded Perth NAIDOC Artist of the Year 2017.
Karla is a filmmaker who wrote and directed short documentaries ‘Magic Quandong’ in 2013, which aired on the ABC and won Best Factual Short Film at the WA Screen Awards in 2014, wrote and directed ‘Is Sharing Caring’ which aired on ABC2 July 2014 and which was nominated for a WA Screen Award in 2015, wrote and directed Angela’s Rules in 2015, wrote and directed Army Man Coming, Healing Notes and Rev Sealin Garlett for NITV’s Our Stories Our Way, which aired in 2015. Karla also directed Goreng People, Cedric Jacobs and Alf Taylor which are recorded historic stories for Film and Television Institute’s recording stories initiative.
Karla developed with MetamorFlix, field directed and is Co Executive Producer of 6 episode series commissioned by Screen Australia, NITV and ScreenWest called Family Rules which aired on NITV on January 9th 2017 which has the green light for a 2nd series which will see Karla in a key creative role writing, directing and Co Executive Producing. New series On Country Kitchen by Mago Films for NITV was released in May 2017 which Karla co-wrote and directed. Karla is currently in production for a new series for NITV called Team of Champions as a writer/director.
Karla Hart is a performing artist across all fields and has performed nationally and internationally in China in 2009 and the United States in 2012 and 2014.
Karla is the event co-ordinator for Wardarnji Festival 2011-2017, part of Fremantle Festival which is the longest running festival in Australia. Wardarnji hosts record crowds with over 100 Indigenous dancers and for the 2nd time will officially open the Fremantle Festival again this year.
Karla played Bella and Kerry in Yirra Yaakin Aboriginal Theatre Company production King Hit at the State Theatre of WA in 2015 a role which she won Best Supporting Actress from the WA Performing Arts Awards. Karla co-wrote and acted in ‘Black as Michael Jackson’ and wrote and co-created ‘Fifty Shades of Black’ which which sold out in Perth’s Fringe Festival in 2013, which she won 'Best Emerging Artist' of Fringe Festival Perth and this show toured to Broome, Melbourne, remote communities Balgo, Mulan and Billiluna and also metro locations in Perth Cockburn and Fremantle. Karla is currently part of the team with Yirra Yaakin working on the Shakespeare Sonnets in Noongar language and working towards a full Shakespeare production in Noongar language for 2018.
Karla has managed and performed with Noongar women’s dance group Kwarbah Djookian since 2007 and has performed in China, Alabama and travelling to California and Utah to perform this July 2014. Kwarbah Djookian have performed at most major festivals in Perth and many organisations and schools. Karla has for years consecutively worked with Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF) including a major performance with the Giants from Royal De Luxe from Paris in Australia for the 1st time who are the worlds biggest puppets in 2015 where she composed a song in Noongar that she sang to the little girl Giant twice a day during their Perth visit in front of up to 1 million people, was the head female dancer and choreographer for opening in February 2016 and a choreographer, dancer and singer for opening of Festival again this year 2017 with Boorna Waanginy – The Trees Speak.
Karla was the Drive presenter for Noongar Radio for over 3 years for which she received a National award and introduced the first Noongar language program, has done casual work for the ABC Radio station in Perth and occasionally still volunteers for Noongar Radio.
Karla is a board member at Yirra Yaakin Aboriginal Theatre Company and is actively involved with the community across Perth and Western Australia and is also a panel member for the Australia Arts Council.
Karla is passionate about her Noongar heritage and in particular language and stories, the arts and about spending time with youth.