Raegan Payne is a published playwright whose plays have been produced from Los Angeles to Lagos. She studied Shakespeare at the British American Drama Academy and improv/sketch writing at The Groundlings in Los Angeles. She is a member of Ammunition Theatre Company’s Writers Group, the Dramatist Guild, Actors' Equity, and SAG-AFTRA.

Raegan’s play “The Dying Declaration of Madge Oberholtzer” won the McNerney Playwriting Award, Long Beach Playhouse’s New Works Festival, was a Bay Area Playwrights Festival finalist, and an O’Neill semi-finalist.  Her play “Timeless: A Scientific Comedy” was picked by Pulitzer Prize Winner Martyna Majok to win the Kentucky Women Writers Conference Playwriting Prize, and was a finalist for the Reva Shiner Comedy Award.  She has stayed at Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore in Paris, participated in The Royal Court Theatre’s Peckham Writers Group in London, the Scripps Ranch Theatre’s New Works Studio, the HBMG Foundation’s Winter Playwrights Retreat in Colorado, The Lark’s Roundtable Reads, and Iceland’s Klaustrid Artists Residency. In 2019 she was awarded the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Grant.  

She unwinds by fostering kittens and practicing Aikido.


My Story

Born in Murray, KY, I grew up writing plays for my brothers and cousins to perform at our grandparents house.  Note - we used the basement as a theatre because it was cold, creepy, and had old stuff to use for props and costumes. I highly recommend this. 

I started school as pre-med because I love science, but switched tracks because my teachers saw promise in my comedy writing.  Also, I took parasitology and in another class refused to pith a frog.  Don't look up pith.

This is an actual picture of me writing at 1 - attempting a romance. No one, including my parents, appreciated its avant-garde structure.