a.k. payne...

is a playwright, theatermaker and artist-theorist.


grandchild of The Great Migration(s), she and all her people hail from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  

their plays love on and engage the interdependencies of Black pasts, presents and futures and seek to find/remember language that might move us towards our collective liberation(s).


she holds a B.A. in English and African-American Studies from Yale College and is currently pursuing an MFA in playwriting from Yale School of Drama. 

a.k. is represented by United Talent Agency.


Top Photo by Nomé SiDone. Bottom (L) by Julia Char Gilbert