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Detra Payne

Name

[Payne, Detra]
  • Assistant Professor of Instruction
  • Senior Lecturer

Biography

Professor Detra Payne is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas, Arlington Theatre Department. She teaches cross disciplinary courses with the Women’s and Gender Studies department, including Gender and the Performing Arts and Women in Theatre. Professor Payne has acted professional in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Memphis and currently in the DFW area. Ms. Payne earned her MFA from the Actor’s Studio Drama School a division of The New School, where she studied extensively and mastered The Method technique of acting formulated by Lee Strasberg. Her B.A. is from the University of Washington, and while there she was a member of the first class to be taught the Suzuki Method, created by world renowned theatre artist Tadashi Suzuki. Ms. Payne is trained in the Meisner Technique, created by Sanford Meisner through the Joann Baron/DW Brown Studio in Los Angeles. Ms. Payne is a founding member of the Los Angeles based theatre company, Sacred Fools now in its 20th year. Ms. Payne has produced and directed a number of theatrical productions and has worked on films and in television not only as an actor but as a production and talent coordinator. Ms. Payne has worked as the personal assistant to actresses Lela Rochon and Sheryl Lee Ralph, and as the Executive Assistant for the Tavis Smiley Foundation. Her acting credits include - television: 24, Moesha and The Parkers, Film: Forced Move, Kudzo Killers, “Imbroglio”, “Long Black Limousine”, “S for Sally”, Theatre: Fabulation or The Re-education of Undine, Miss Edna Lewis, The Mountaintop, The Bluest Eye, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Steel Magnolias, Who Will Bell the Cat, Prophet, It’s Gulliani Time, Baby Talk. Detra Payne is a member of the Screen Actors Guild American Federation for Television and Radio artist, one of the primary unions for performing artists.

Professional Preparation

    • 2007 MFA in ActingActors Studio Drama School/New School for Drama
    • 1990 BA in Theatre ArtsUniversity of Washington

Memberships

  • Membership
    • Apr 2008 to Present Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Radio Artists (SAG/AFTRA)
  • Member
    • Aug 2018 to Present Black Theatre Association
    • Aug 2017 to Present Assocation for Theatre in Higher Education

News Articles

Live Performances

  • 2017
    • Nov 2017 A Midsummer Night's Dream

      Guest professional and faculty, performed the role of Egea (Egeus) in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" for the Maverick Theatre Company.

      [Non-refereed/non-juried]
    • Oct 2017 Director - "And Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens" by Tennessee Williams

      Directed the one-act play AND TELL SAD STORIES OF THE DEATH OF QUEENS, for the fall semester MavLab One-Act Plays series, in the UTA Department of Theatre.

      [Non-refereed/non-juried]
  • 2016
    • Aug 2016 3rd Annual Dallas One Minute Play Festival

      Dallas area play festival that includes 60 new one minute plays about subjects that affect the community we live in, and 60 plus actors performing them.
       

      [Non-refereed/non-juried]
  • 2015
    • Aug 2015 1 Minute Play Festival

      I performed in various roles for the 1 Minute Play Festival that Kitchen Dog Theatre in Dallas hosted. It was performed on the SMU campus.

      [Non-refereed/non-juried]
    • June 2015 Fabulation or The Re-Education of Undine

      This play was my Dallas debut, and I performed the lead role of Undine. This production was performed at Mt. View Community College.

      [Non-refereed/non-juried]

Courses

      • THEA 1343-002 INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE

        Acquaints the student with major phases of theatrical activity and production research. Considers the duties and contributions of director, actor, scene designer, costumer, and others involved in play production. Students may be required to attend and review productions. During the course of the semester, students will complete two Analysis Paper on these productions, several Design and Analysis Assignments over the semester’s play, several quizzes and short essays over assigned material, and one Oral Report.  This course satisfies the University of Texas at Arlington core curriculum requirement in Creative Arts.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • THEA 2352-001 ACTING II: SCENE STUDY

        Acting technique exercise to enhance and develop acting skills through scene study. Methods of characterization, research, and role preparation. Prerequisite: THEA 1303, THEA 1307, and permission of instructor.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • THEA 1303-001 VOCAL PERFORMANCE I: FUNDAMENTALS

        COURSE DESCRIPTION

        The fundamentals of vocal performance as it relates to effective oral communication. Students develop ideas for the purpose of communication and learn effective techniques for clarity of expression, ideas, and message while considering the effect on an audience. Theatrical communication techniques are one of several skill sets taught. Oral, aural, written, and visual literacy are all explored, with intense focus on oral presentation. This course satisfies the University of Texas at Arlington core curriculum requirement in Communication.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • THEA 3361-001 Women In Theatre History

        Examines the history, theory, and practice of women in theatre. Pioneering female writers, directors, producers, actors, designers, and activists will be explored as will their influence upon drama in its historical, social, and cultural contexts. Students will also be introduced to theory that examines female characters in plays and their impact on the artist and audience. Offered as THEA 3361 and WOMS 3361

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • THEA 1343-003 THEA 1343-003 INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE

        Acquaints the student with major phases of theatrical activity and production research. Considers the duties and contributions of director, actor, scene designer, costumer, and others involved in play production. Students may be required to attend and review productions. During the course of the semester, students will complete two Analysis Paper on these productions, several Design and Analysis Assignments over the semester’s play, several quizzes and short essays over assigned material, and one Oral Report.  This course satisfies the University of Texas at Arlington core curriculum requirement in Creative Arts.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • THEA 3360-001 GENDER AND THE PERFORMING ARTS

        Examines the role of gender in the performing arts, including theory and practice focused on gender. Additional topics may include female pioneers in the performing arts, the image of gender in different media, the way gender affects actors and artists, and the effect of cultural definitions of gender on audience reception. Offered as THEA 3360 and WOMS 3360. Credit will be granted only once.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • THEA 3309-002 SCRIPT ANALYSIS

        An investigation of dramatic structure from the points of view of the director, actor and designer.  Elements of dramatic theory are included.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • THEA 3308-001 ACTING III: ACTING FOR THE CAMERA

        An advanced acting course to acquire performance technique on camera. Previously taught as THEA 4308. Credit will be granted only once. Prerequisite: THEA 1307, THEA 2352, and permission of instructor

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • THEA 1343-001 INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE

        Acquaints the student with major phases of theatrical activity and production research. Considers the duties and contributions of director, actor, scene designer, costumer, and others involved in play production. Students may be required to attend and review productions. During the course of the semester, students will complete two Analysis Paper on these productions, several Design and Analysis Assignments over the semester’s play, several quizzes and short essays over assigned material, and one Oral Report.  This course satisfies the University of Texas at Arlington core curriculum requirement in Creative Arts.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • THEA 3361-001 Women In Theatre History

        Examines the history, theory, and practice of women in theatre. Pioneering female writers, directors, producers, actors, designers, and activists will be explored as will their influence upon drama in its historical, social, and cultural contexts. Students will also be introduced to theory that examines female characters in plays and their impact on the artist and audience. Offered as THEA 3361 and WOMS 3361

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • THEA 1303-001 VOCAL PERFORMANCE I: FUNDAMENTALS

        COURSE DESCRIPTION

        The fundamentals of vocal performance as it relates to effective oral communication. Students develop ideas for the purpose of communication and learn effective techniques for clarity of expression, ideas, and message while considering the effect on an audience. Theatrical communication techniques are one of several skill sets taught. Oral, aural, written, and visual literacy are all explored, with intense focus on oral presentation. This course satisfies the University of Texas at Arlington core curriculum requirement in Communication.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • THEA 2352-001 ACTING II: SCENE STUDY

        Acting technique exercise to enhance and develop acting skills through scene study. Methods of characterization, research, and role preparation. Prerequisite: THEA 1303, THEA 1307, and permission of instructor.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • THEA 1343-001 INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE

        Acquaints the student with major phases of theatrical activity and production research. Considers the duties and contributions of director, actor, scene designer, costumer, and others involved in play production. Students may be required to attend and review productions. During the course of the semester, students will complete two Analysis Paper on these productions, several Design and Analysis Assignments over the semester’s play, several quizzes and short essays over assigned material, and one Oral Report.  This course satisfies the University of Texas at Arlington core curriculum requirement in Creative Arts.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • THEA 3308-001 ACTING III: ACTING FOR THE CAMERA

        An advanced acting course to acquire performance technique on camera. Previously taught as THEA 4308. Credit will be granted only once. Prerequisite: THEA 1307, THEA 2352, and permission of instructor

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • THEA 3309-002 SCRIPT ANALYSIS

        An investigation of dramatic structure from the points of view of the director, actor and designer.  Elements of dramatic theory are included.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • THEA 3360-001 GENDER AND THE PERFORMING ARTS

        Examines the role of gender in the performing arts, including theory and practice focused on gender. Additional topics may include female pioneers in the performing arts, the image of gender in different media, the way gender affects actors and artists, and the effect of cultural definitions of gender on audience reception. Offered as THEA 3360 and WOMS 3360. Credit will be granted only once.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • THEA 2352-001 ACTING II: SCENE STUDY

        Acting technique exercise to enhance and develop acting skills through scene study. Methods of characterization, research, and role preparation. Prerequisite: THEA 1303, THEA 1307, and permission of instructor.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • THEA 1343-003 THEA 1343-003 INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE

        Acquaints the student with major phases of theatrical activity and production research. Considers the duties and contributions of director, actor, scene designer, costumer, and others involved in play production. Students may be required to attend and review productions. This course satisfies the University of Texas at Arlington core curriculum requirement in Creative Arts.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • THEA 1307-001 ACTING I: BASIC TECHNIQUES

        Study and exercise in fundamentals of the actor's craft utilizing the Stanislavsky Method. Emphasis on the development of basic acting techniques including: characterization, objectives, beats, action, and script analysis. Performance requirements include improvisation, monologues, and scene study. Attendance at productions outside of the classroom may be required. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • THEA 1303-001 VOCAL PERFORMANCE I: FUNDAMENTALS

        COURSE DESCRIPTION

        The fundamentals of vocal performance as it relates to effective oral communication. Students develop ideas for the purpose of communication and learn effective techniques for clarity of expression, ideas, and message while considering the effect on an audience. Theatrical communication techniques are one of several skill sets taught. Oral, aural, written, and visual literacy are all explored, with intense focus on oral presentation. This course satisfies the University of Texas at Arlington core curriculum requirement in Communication.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • THEA 3308-001 ACTING III: ACTING FOR THE CAMERA

        This is an advanced acting course to acquire film and video performance technique.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • THEA 3309-002 SCRIPT ANALYSIS

        An investigation of dramatic structure from the points of view of the director, actor and designer. Elements of dramatic theory are included

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • THEA 1343-001 INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE

        Acquaints the student with major phases of theatrical activity and production research. Considers the duties and contributions of director, actor, scene designer, costumer, and others involved in play production. Students may be required to attend and review productions. This course satisfies the University of Texas at Arlington core curriculum requirement in Creative Arts.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • THEA 1343-003 THEA 1343-003 INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE

        Acquaints the student with major phases of theatrical activity and production research. Considers the duties and contributions of director, actor, scene designer, costumer, and others involved in play production. Students may be required to attend and review productions. This course satisfies the University of Texas at Arlington core curriculum requirement in Creative Arts.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • THEA 1343-001 ACTING III: ACTING FOR THE CAMERA

        This is an advanced acting course to acquire film and video performance technique.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours

Administrative Appointment

  • 2017
    • Aug 2017 to Present - MavLab Coordinator, Winona State University, Winona, MN   Department of Theatre Arts and Dance