KIKI LAYNE, a native of Cincinnati, marks her first leading
role in a film with If Beale
Street Could Talk.
Ms. Layne recently completed work on Native Son, starring opposite Ashton
Margaret Qualley, and Nick Robinson; the movie, directed by Rashid Johnson and
adapted by Suzan-Lori Parks from Richard Wright's classic novel, is slated for
early 2019. Also next year, she and Mr. Sanders star in Captive State, directed
The Chicago Tribune featured Ms. Layne as one of its "2016 Hot New Faces of
Theater." Her stage credits include starring in the U.S. premiere of Octagon at
Jackalope Theatre and garnering a Black Theater Alliance Award (BTAA) nomination
Best Featured Actress in a Play; Genesis, at the Definition Theatre; Good
People, at the
Redtwist Theatre; Griffin Theatre's touring production of Letters Home; and
Theatre and The New Colony's co-production of Byhalia, Mississippi, earning her
nominations for Best Featured Actress in a Play and Most Promising Actress.
She graduated with a BFA in acting from The Theatre School at DePaul