Payden Ackerman is the Chair of the Department of Theater Arts on the San Jacinto Campus. Payden Ackerman is an award-winning theater director, acting coach, and playwright. A Southern California native, Payden holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts with an emphasis in Playwriting from Cal State Fullerton. As a playwright, Payden has been produced in Orange County, Los Angeles, and Portland. He is also a trained dramaturg, specializing in New Play Dramaturgy and Devised Theater. While obtaining his Master of Arts in Theater Studies from Central Washington University, Payden studied various acting methodology before writing his thesis on Fay Simpson's Lucid Body - an acting method based on the Indian chakra system and Jungian psychology. He currently uses this method and others to coach actors in LA, Orange County, and the Inland Empire.