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Ms Detra Payne

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[Ms Detra Payne]
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Biography

Professor Detra Payne, (MFA, The New School for Drama) is an Assistant Professor of Instruction 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. 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. Her written work has been published in Theatre Journal and Studies in Theatre and Performance. Ms. Payne 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: "Tempestad","Forced Move", "Kudzo Killers", “Imbroglio”, “Long Black Limousine”, “S for Sally”, Theatre: Slideby, Babette's Feast, 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.

Education

    • 2007 MFA in Acting
      The New School, 2007
    • 1990 BA in Drama
      University of Washington, 1990

Awards and Honors

    • Sep  2019 University of Texas, Arlington Wright Accolade Award sponsored by College of Liberal Arts

News Articles

    • July 2018 www.theshorthorn.com
      A conversation about diversity and actress Sandra Oh and her making history as the first Asian American Female nominated for an Emmy in the Leading Actress category.
      (Type: Internet)
    • Apr 2018 Culture Buzz
      Advertising the Heal The Divide On Campus Play Readings, Professor Detra Payne was the organizer and supervisor of.
      (Type: Internet)
    • Mar 2018 www.theshorthorn.com
      The article discusses the Spring Semester MavLab plays in production that Professor Detra Payne presided over.
      (Type: Internet)

Courses

      • THEA 2352-001 ACTING II: SCENE STUDY
        (Course Id: 107119)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020
      • THEA 2352-101 ACTING II: SCENE STUDY
        (Course Id: 107119)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020
      • THEA 1303-001 FUNDAMENTALS OF PRESENTATION
        (Course Id: 107105)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020
      • THEA 1343-002 INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE
        (Course Id: 107111)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020
      • WOMS 3361-001 WOMEN IN THEATRE
        (Course Id: 112283)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020
      • THEA 3308-001 ACTING FOR THE CAMERA
        (Course Id: 107127)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • THEA 4391-010 CONFERENCE COURSE
        (Course Id: 107167)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • THEA 3360-001 GENDER AND THE PERFORMING ARTS
        (Course Id: 112282)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • WOMS 3360-001 GENDER AND THE PERFORMING ARTS
        (Course Id: 112282)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • THEA 1343-002 INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE
        (Course Id: 107111)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • THEA 1343-003 INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE
        (Course Id: 107111)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • THEA 2352-001 ACTING II: SCENE STUDY
        (Course Id: 107119)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • THEA 2352-101 ACTING II: SCENE STUDY
        (Course Id: 107119)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • THEA 4391-010 CONFERENCE COURSE
        (Course Id: 107167)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • THEA 1303-001 FUNDAMENTALS OF PRESENTATION
        (Course Id: 107105)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • THEA 1343-002 INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE
        (Course Id: 107111)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • WOMS 3361-001 WOMEN IN THEATRE
        (Course Id: 112283)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • THEA 3308-001 ACTING FOR THE CAMERA
        (Course Id: 107127)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • THEA 1343-002 INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE
        (Course Id: 107111)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • THEA 3309-002 SCRIPT ANALYSIS
        (Course Id: 107114)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • THEA 2352-001 ACTING II: SCENE STUDY
        (Course Id: 107119)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • THEA 2352-101 ACTING II: SCENE STUDY
        (Course Id: 107119)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • THEA 4391-015 CONFERENCE COURSE
        (Course Id: 107167)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • THEA 1303-001 FUNDAMENTALS OF PRESENTATION
        (Course Id: 107105)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • THEA 1343-002 INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE
        (Course Id: 107111)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • THEA 3308-001 ACTING III: FOR THE CAMERA
        (Course Id: 107127)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • THEA 3360-001 GENDER AND THE PERFORMING ARTS
        (Course Id: 112282)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • WOMS 3360-001 GENDER AND THE PERFORMING ARTS
        (Course Id: 112282)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • THEA 1343-003 INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE
        (Course Id: 107111)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • THEA 3309-002 SCRIPT ANALYSIS
        (Course Id: 107114)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • THEA 2352-001 ACTING II: SCENE STUDY
        (Course Id: 107119)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • THEA 2352-101 ACTING II: SCENE STUDY
        (Course Id: 107119)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • THEA 1303-001 FUNDAMENTALS OF PRESENTATION
        (Course Id: 107105)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • THEA 1343-002 INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE
        (Course Id: 107111)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • THEA 3361-001 WOMEN IN THEATRE
        (Course Id: 112283)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • WOMS 3361-001 WOMEN IN THEATRE
        (Course Id: 112283)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • THEA 3308-001 ACTING III: FOR THE CAMERA
        (Course Id: 107127)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • THEA 3360-001 GENDER AND THE PERFORMING ARTS
        (Course Id: 112282)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • WOMS 3360-001 GENDER AND THE PERFORMING ARTS
        (Course Id: 112282)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • THEA 1343-001 INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE
        (Course Id: 107111)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • THEA 3309-002 SCRIPT ANALYSIS
        (Course Id: 107114)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • THEA 1307-001 ACTING I: BASIC TECHNIQUES
        (Course Id: 107109)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • THEA 2352-001 ACTING II: SCENE STUDY
        (Course Id: 107119)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • THEA 2352-101 ACTING II: SCENE STUDY
        (Course Id: 107119)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • THEA 4391-016 CONFERENCE COURSE
        (Course Id: 107167)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • THEA 1303-001 FUNDAMENTALS OF PRESENTATION
        (Course Id: 107105)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • THEA 1343-003 INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE
        (Course Id: 107111)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • THEA 3308-001 ACTING III: FOR THE CAMERA
        (Course Id: 107127)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015
      • THEA 1343-001 INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE
        (Course Id: 107111)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015
      • THEA 1343-003 INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE
        (Course Id: 107111)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015
      • THEA 3309-002 SCRIPT ANALYSIS
        (Course Id: 107114)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015