Alicia Payne

Alicia is delighted to be the current President of Playwrights Guild of Canada. Alicia's published writing credits include a syndicated cartoon, monologues, short plays and magazine articles.  In addition to the Playwrights Guild of Canada, her professional memberships include the Dramatists Guild of America, ACTRA and CAEA.

Alicia was an ambassador for the Opening Ceremonies of the Invictus Games in Toronto. She also participated in The Honest 6ix Artist Residency at Toronto For Everyone and her one act comedy D Cup was part of the Alumnae Theatre New Ideas Festival 2017.

As a participant in the Canadian Forces Artist Program (CFAP), she wrote a libretto about Canadian Forces Families. In November 2015, During the CFAP Exhibition, a libretto reading was held at the Diefenbunker Museum in Ottawa and a video excerpt was on display.

In the summer of 2015, Alicia was a surprise Wave Discussion Series presenter and led a Studio Hour at the A Room of Her Own (AROHO) Retreat. 

In December 2014, Justice for Maurice Henry Carter, co-written with Donald Molnar, had a staged presentation at Ferrysburg Community Church in Spring Lake, Michigan. In September 2014, under the auspices of Shakespeare Behind Bars, a reading was held at Michigan’s Earnest C. Brooks Correctional Facility with a cast of inmates. The play also had readings at the Readers' Theatre of New Works as part of the 2015 and 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston Salem, North Carolina. It has also had staged readings at Calvin College and The University of Western Michigan in 2013.

Staged readings have also been held at Calvin College and the University of Western Michigan, and as a fundraiser for the Hawaii Innocence Project at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu.  Previously titled Maurice Carter’s Innocence, a workshop production of an earlier draft was mounted at the 2010 Fringe Festival of Toronto.  Excerpt readings have taken place at the Innocence Network Conference in Houston and the 33rd Annual Teaching Public Administration Conference in Grand Rapids, as well as at the Obsidian Theatre Company International Playwrights Forum in Toronto, Canada.

Alicia is a contributor to the Encyclopedia of African American Music published in 2010. She is an alumna of the Playwrights Collective at Theatre Passe Muraille and the Tapestry Opera Composer Librettist Laboratory. 

She led a workshop in Play! A Symposium at the 14th World Festival of Children's Theatre (2016). Additional artist educator credits include working with resilient youth as the Playwright/Facilitator for Uth Ink, St. John’s (2008/2009); Playwright/Facilitator for Uth Ink/Luminato (2010); Facilitator and Facilitator/Librettist for the Tapestry Opera INside Opera Program (2011 & 2012); Conference of Independent Schools Drama Festival Workshop Leader (2013 & 2014); and co-facilitator for Lakeshore Arts literacy through the arts program, Shazaam! (2012 & 2014, 2015). Along with Donald Molnar, Alicia was presented with a Lakeshore Arts Impact Award in 2016.

As a producer, Alicia participated in the Obsidian Theatre Mentor Apprentice Program 2012/2013. Her placement was with Gideon Arthurs, then General Manager at Tarragon Theatre. Alicia is a co-founder of Arbez Drama Projects. She produced the dance play The Old Wolf and the Sacred Trout by Donald Molnar int the 2017 Toronto Fringe: