Mr. Payne joined the Department of Theatre after ten years as resident sound designer for Pioneer Theatre Company and teaching sound and projection design for The University of Utah and Illinois State University. He has designed sound, projections, and/or composed music for more than 150 productions in theaters throughout the country, including twelve years at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Round House Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, four years at The Virginia Stage Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Utah Opera and Symphony, The Fulton Opera House, Utah Musical Theatre, and many others. He has taught master classes for various sections of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Southeastern Theatre Conference, Utah Theatre Association, and Illinois High School Theatre Festival. His sound design and composition of Julius Caesar was presented in the Prague Quadrennial design exhibition 2007 and USITT states tour 2008. Joe is a member of United Scenic Artist local 829, and the USITT Sound Commission.