Alicia Payne

Alicia is delighted to be the current Vice-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.

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.

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. 

In 2009/2010 Alicia was an inaugural Harbourfront World Stage Ambassador.  She was an Associate Artist at Mixed Company Theatre where, as Assistant Project Lead in 2010, Alicia helped pilot Project ACT/PROJEC ACTIF, a new initiative to help youth in grades 7-9 lead active, healthier lives.  More recently, she was the playwright/co-facilitator for an intergenerational workshop project between Mixed Company Theatre and Urban Arts (2015). 

Additional artist educator credits include working with resilient youth as the Playwright/Facilitator for Uth Ink, St. John’s in 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).

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.  She is a producer for and co-founder of Arbez Drama Projects:  www.arbezdrama.com

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