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Jessica Payne
Jessica Payne

AMDA Faculty since: 2014

Jessica Payne is an actor, singer and director who works across film, television and theatre on both the national and international stage. Jessica is also an award-winning filmmaker, writing and directing her own short films. She has worked as the Director of the New Works Conservatory at TheatreWorks of Silicon Valley. She is a featured singer in local live performances, original cast recordings, vocal demos and successful audio dramas as well as serving as a script consultant for stage and film. Jessica loves guiding students to find a deeper expression of their power and specificity.

Jessica teaches Acting Fundamentals, Acting Foundations, Acting Techniques, Beginning Scene Study, Advanced Scene Study and directs various productions.


M.F.A., Acting, Western Illinois University
B.A., Theatre, Indiana University of Pennsylvania