Heather Miles is a proud cofounder of BLT and is ecstatic to serve as Artistic Director. She fell in love with theatre at a young age and performed in school plays and musicals including several at Thomas Dale High School. After a twenty-year hiatus to raise her two children Kourtney and Carter, Heather triumphantly returned to the stage in 2010 as the Cheshire Cat in a magical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. It’s proven impossible to keep her away from the stage since! She has directed productions of Annie, Willy Wonka, Jr, and The (Almost) Totally True Story of Hansel and Gretel, and Alice In Wonderland (twice!). Acting accolades include appearing as Madame Thenardier in Les Miserable, Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn in The Music Man, Stage Manager in Our Town, Peggy in Godspell, and most recently Mae Peterson in Bye, Bye, Birdie. Heather is also the “Marmee” (a role she once played in Little Women) to granddaughters Quinn, Rory and Sloane, who bring her immense joy and lots of giggles. She loves spending time with her family and friends, seeing as much theatre as humanly possible, cooking, and – of course – karaoke! Heather hopes to see you on stage or in the audience very soon!
Kyla Trice Zabala – Director of Educational Outreach
On stage since the age of three, Kyla Trice Zabala has been a part of over sixty theatrical productions. When she was fourteen, she was in her first community theatre with Summer Musical Enterprises, Fiddler on the Roof, and the theatre bug bit her. Kyla graduated from Radford University with degrees in both English and Theatre. In 2006 she became a founding member and Artistic Director of New River Stage, a community theatre in Blacksburg. One night at karaoke, she met Ramon Zabala, piano player extraordinaire, and fell in love as he sang Frankie Valli’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of “You.” In 2010, they married and moved to Richmond. Where Kyla began teaching in Henrico as an English and Theatre teacher, where she produced several shows; some of her favorites include 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Godspell, Footloose, In The Heights, Raisin in the Sun, Chicago, and Clue. Her direction of In the Heights was taken to Firehouse theatre and given a three-week professional run. In 2016, Kyla was awarded the R.E.B. Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Community Foundation, and in 2022 she was given the honor of being one of the Top 20 teachers in Henrico. When not on or around the stage, you can find her drinking coffee, writing papers, or with her nose in a book, sometimes all three (and yes, she still loves singing karaoke). She would like to thank Evan for reminding her of her intense love of community theatre, the Broken Leg Theatre board for asking her to join, and Ramon for his continued support of her dreams.