Payden Ackerman

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Payden Ackerman is a director, acting coach, and playwright. ​A Southern California native, Payden holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts with ​an Emphasis in Playwriting from Cal State Fullerton. As a playwright, Payden has been produced in Orange County, Los Angeles, and Portland. He is also a trained dramaturg, specializing in New Play Dramaturgy and Devised Theater. While obtaining his M.A. in Theatre Studies from Central Washington University, Payden studied various acting methodology before writing his thesis on Fay Simpson’s Lucid Body – an acting method based on the Indian chakra system and Jungian psychology. He currently uses this method and others to coach actors in LA, Orange County, and the Inland Empire. Payden has taught and directed at Mt. San Jacinto College since 2013 and is currently Chair of Theatre on the San Jacinto Campus.

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