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Lori Payne
Written and Directed by Lori Payne
After receiving a Bachelor's Degree from the University of New Orleans, Payne worked as a freelance writer in New Orleans, choosing to tell stories where arts and activism intersect. Her stage plays reflect her training in both journalism and the arts, and an understanding of things that make us human.

Catherine Street follows Payne's comedic trilogy Ulterior Side Dishes, which was produced at the Nuyorican Poets Café in 2006. Ulterior Side Dishes was also produced as a radio drama by the WBAI host and journalist, Dred Scott-Keyes. Recent venues include the Strawberry One-Act Festival and The American Theatre of Harlem in 2005, and the Arthur Seleen Theatre in 2006. Lori is currently studying playwriting under the tutelage of Anthony 'Tee' Saralegui, dramaturge and author of the book Writing One Play.