Talking About Myself
I'm gonna save you the struggles of reading a third-person biography, and instead give you the joy of reading a first person biography. Yay!
I was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania to my parents Kevin Payne and Brenda Newhart. I have two sisters, Lauren Payne Llewelyn and Micaela Payne. Yup, I was/am the middle child.
I graduated from Lake-Lehman High School in 2011. If you didn't already know (which you didn't) it's a school of approx 14 total students. More like 1,000. But it felt like 14. I performed from a young age in local stage productions as well as with my church. I got an opportunity to perform at a nationwide level for the first time in 2008 with the Assemblies of God Fine Arts Program and again in 2010 where I placed 7th overall in the nation out of 10,000+ young actors. Well snap crackle pop.
After graduating High School I auditioned for and attended the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts in New York, NY. It's a selective program and it made me feel like I might actually know what I'm doing (but probably not). I succesfully completed the intensive program in Spring of 2013.
Since graduation I've been on the prowl for steady acting work. I starred in the short film, Superhuman (dir. Andrew Weir) before directing and starring in my own short Film, Speechless. I co-directed the film Just in Case with Erin Maloney in 2015, and have been lucky to book consistant film/television work ever since, as well as the occasional theatrical stint.
Just for reading this page it means you've invested time into my career. I appreciate the support more than I can say and hope you watch out for my work in the coming future.
I love you!
-Joshua Michael Payne
"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door" -Milton Berle