Kyle Payne has been acting for about ten years in New York, the Bay Area, regionally, on many national tours, in Russia, and on the first English speaking theatre for young audience production in China. He currently resides in New York.
Kyle works frequently in musicals, straight plays, and TYA productions. He has a reputation as a gifted physical comedian who combines the precise technical demands of comedy with the infectious joy of performance. Recently a backstage.com review characterized his performance as having "the manic gusto of a young Robin Williams."
When not acting, Kyle is usually teaching acting, comedy, voice, stage combat, or circus skills to students from pre-K through college. In 2006, Kyle graduated with a MFA in Acting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 2003 he graduated with a BA in Theatre and a minor in Spanish from the Robert E. Cook Honors College of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Kyle originally hails from Jackson Heights, Queens. Watching his dad perform as a professional barbershop quartet singer and arranger sparked his love for theatre. In fact, at age four, he thought that a tuxedo-clad wedding party exiting a local church was a barbershop quartet. It was disappointing when the group did not burst into song. His mother, Nancy, still lives in Jackson Heights, and his younger brother Rory works in education in New Orleans. Kyle is married to his lovely and talented wife, Jessica Payne.