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February 10, 2022

Award-winning playwright teaches at Berry

Topher Payne, a Georgia Theatre Hall of Fame member, is teaching at Berry College this spring.

Payne is a playwright and screenwriter from Mississippi who moved to Atlanta in 1999. Known for his comedic writing, he has produced over 22 plays. Payne was a 2017 Lambda Literary Award nominee for “Perfect Arrangement”, which was also awarded the 2014 M. Elizabeth Osborn Award by the American Theatre Critics Association.

He has also scripted five films for The Hallmark Channel.

In addition to theatre and playwriting classes, Payne will host audition workshops for Berry students and Atlanta industry professionals. He is also directing the Rome Little Theatre performance of his play "Morningside" which opens Friday, Feb. 11.

“The future of performing arts in Georgia, and in this country, will be determined by the next generation of rising professionals. I’m thrilled to have the chance to work with the inquisitive and talented students at Berry College, preparing them to make American professional theatre a more inclusive, innovative, and impactful community,” Payne said

For more information on Berry College’s theatre program, visit our Theatre Major page.


Written by Public Relations Student Assistant Reed Couch

Office of Public Relations

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