BERNIECEShe is a veteran stage actress and has appeared in countless productions, including New Horizon Theater’s The Dance on Widow’s Row, Queens of the Blues and Do Lord Remember Me. Payne’s musical theater work includes The Wiz, Little Shop of Horrors and Into the Woods. She has made several performances of Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity produced by Shona Sharif African Drum and Dance Ensemble. Payne is an accomplished spoken word artist. In 2012, she released her award-winning, debut spoken word recording, Words Unspoken, under her pen name, Spirit-Lead. In August, 2015, she released her first poetry chapbook, From My Indigo Pen.