Kaya’s love for storytelling, along with a desire to give voices to the underrepresented, led her to be the filmmaker she is today. She co-founded the women’s organization Mise en Femme, as well as Temple University’s first ever Women’s Film Festival. Her filmography consists of music videos, short films, documentaries, and several web series. Kaya’s most recent work includes HBO's Mare of Easttown, and Neighborhood Film Company's debut feature film, Concrete Cowboys. As a woman of color, true representation and authentic stories are her focus. Her goal as a filmmaker is to continually create work that she truly connects with and that provokes.
Kaya was born in Pittsburgh, Pa, but has lived all over the East Coast. She currently resides in Philadelphia, where she moved to study Film & Marketing and African American Studies at Temple University.