Meet the playwright – Topher Alan Payne, “Jazz Duet in a Minor Key”


Topher is a third-year MFA actor at WSU.  Before Wayne State, he taught Speech and Theatre Arts at Owasso High School.  He has also performed professionally at the Berkshire Fringe Festival, Lubbock Moonlight Musicals, American Theatre Company of Tulsa, and Angel Fire Mountain Theatre Company.  Jazz Duet in a Minor Key is his first written work to be staged, and he is ecstatic to see his words come to life.

You can see Topher’s play Jazz Duet in a Minor Key at the 2014 Heck-Rabi Festival in the Studio Theatre, February 27-March 1 or March 6-8.



Topher Alan Payne in the 2014 production of “Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde” at the Hilberry Theatre. Photo by Kevin Replinger.


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