Since 2002, Topher Payne has premiered seventeen plays in Georgia, which have gone on to be staged around the world. He was a 2017 Lambda Literary Award nominee for Perfect Arrangement, which was also awarded the 2014 M. Elizabeth Osborn Award by the American Theatre Critics Association. Perfect Arrangement had its Off-Broadway premiere in 2015, and has since been produced in more than twenty states. His other works include Morningside, Swell Party, Tokens of Affection, and Evelyn in Purgatory. He is this year’s inductee into The Georgia Theatre Hall of Fame.
Topher is also a three-time Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award winner, and the recipient of the 2016 Suzi Bass Award for Best World Premiere for Let Nothing You Dismay. Readers of Creative Loafing have named him Atlanta’s Best Local Playwright for the past seven years, and he was selected as one of “Ten Playwrights You Should Know” by Southern Theatre magazine.
He began writing for television in 2016, and has scripted four films for The Hallmark Channel. His feature screenwriting debut, a horror movie about terrifyingly competitive high school drama students entitled Break a Leg, is currently in development.