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Iden B. Payne

IDEN PAYNE began his career as a Shakespearean actor, but it was the international reputation gained by the Horniman Repertory in Manchester, England, organized and directed by Mr. Payne, that led to his being invited to the United States in 1913 to organize a season of modern plays for the Chicago Theatre Association, a pioneer Community Theatre. He began his connection with and interest in educational theatre at that time at Carnegie Institute of Technology, an association that continued until 1950, with the exception of the eight years (1935-43) that he was director at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon, England. In 1916 Mr. Payne directed John Barrymore in his first success in a serious role (Galsworthy'^ Justice) and for the next four years was director for the Charles Frohman company, one of Americans foremost producing organizations. Now Guest Professor of Drama at the University of Texas, he has served in that capacity at many State Universities. He was Director for the first four seasons of the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego and returned last season to direct Measure for Measure.

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Cast -- Shakespeare Production Credits

  1. Romeo and Juliet (1956, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, USA) .... Friar Lawrence

Production and Crew -- Shakespeare Production Credits

  1. Cymbeline (1956, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, USA) .... Director

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