Payden Ackerman

Payden Ackerman is a director, acting coach, and playwright. ​A Southern California native, Payden holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts with ​an Emphasis in Playwriting from Cal State Fullerton. As a playwright, Payden has been produced in Orange County, Los Angeles, and Portland. He is also a trained dramaturg, specializing in New Play Dramaturgy and Devised Theater. While obtaining his M.A. in Theatre Studies from Central Washington University, Payden studied various acting methodology before writing his thesis on Fay Simpson’s Lucid Body – an acting method based on the Indian chakra system and Jungian psychology. He enjoys long walks and throwing his boomerang over the Potomac.

Jessie's Messy Mind

As an artist living with schizo-affective, Jessie reveals mental difference in a refreshing new way. With original music, hilarious alternate personalities and a look inside a true manic episode, you'll see crazy like you've never seen it before.

Mil Grus

LA’s premier bouffon troupe: a motley crew of miscreants have crawled out of the gutter to make you question reality. Our feats of physical and existential comedy defy explanation and provoke unfettered, eery glee. Come see what's behind the curtain.