OYES: Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio

Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio

Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio

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Kat Payseno



Kytriena Payseno comes from Denver Colorado, where she began her acting career with theKidSkits touring company at the Denver Civic Theatre. She continued working in the Colorado theatre community with such theatre companies as Curious Theatre, Vintage, Red Rocks Community College and Check Point Theatre Company. Kytriena earned her Bachelor’s degree in Theatre/English at the Metropolitan Denver State University, where she performed in RENT (Ali),The Wizard of Oz (Lullaby League), Cabaret (Kost) and The Foreigner (Townsperson). She has toured with educational theatre programs created by Kaiser Permanente and The American Lung Association. Kytriena has been a company member of The Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre,Kidstage and The E-Project (Performing Arts Academy of Lakewood) where she worked as an actor, director, educator and technician. Ms. Payseno joined the Ojai community in 2010, and since then she has appeared in local shows at Theatre 150 and The Ojai Art Centre such as, Annie (Lily St. Regis), Hello Dolly (Minnie Fay), Brooklyn Boy (Alison), Grease (Sandy), Romeo &Juliet (Nurse) and Reunions (Petra). She has also appeared on The Santa Paula Theatre stage in A Trip to Bountiful (Thelma), and at The Elite Theatre in various stage readings.  In 2013, Kytriena Payseno attended The University of Essex-East 15 Acting School, where she graduated with her Master’s in Acting. While in England, she performed in A Winter’s Tale (Emilia) at The Cockpit Theatre, The Cherry Orchard (Ranevskia), Waiting for Godot (Lucky), MacBeth (Lady McDuff/Witch) and Blood Wedding (Mother) at The Corbett Theatre. Kytriena has been in the films RAW (Blue Whale Productions), Hold It! (Brooks School of Film) and the music videos Gone (KimCorp Productions) and So We Fly (Brad Buley). Ms. Payseno has taught drama for Jefferson Public Schools, Ojai Unified Schools as well as local private schools such as: Oak Grove, Ojai Valley School andBeasant Hill School, and she has returned to The Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio, to continue her passion of directing and teaching today’s youth about theatre. Kytriena Payseno created SpeakEZ Cabaret and is an associate creator of The Glass Moon Theatre Company, where she strives for women’s empowerment. She is a member of Equity, Spotlight, IMDB, For Actors by Actors and The Colorado Theatre Guild. She also holds two 4Star awards for Best Supporting Actress. Currently, Kytriena is writing a collection of warm-up and theatre games/exercises for drama teachers and directors, and she can be found performing in the band Deer Leg in the Southern California area. Kytriena’s teaching philosophy finds inspiration from Gould’s words, “The purpose of art is…the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity.”Art feeds the soul and connects people to a wide variety of cultures, political views, religious views and social concerns. The theatrical arts are unique because they contain all of the artistic disciplines to communicate to an audience, and hopefully create that “State of wonder and serenity” Gould speaks about. As a lifelong theatrical student and teacher, I have found a sincere bond to my knowledge and experience in the field, while passing it on to others. I believe that all of life is contained in theatre, and the more our civilization can keep the arts alive; the more we will keep our imagination alive. For without our imagination, humans would not be human, after all we are the only organism which shows creation from our mind, body and soul. The danger lies in not feeding this human need to express or feel through the arts, and once humans stop creating; our technology and intelligence will suffer. I feel as though everyone should experience theatre at least once in their life to ensure that we create a better world for our future generations.