Professor B. Iden Payne taught at The University of Texas at Austin from 1946 to 1973. Before coming to Texas, Payne was a well-known director of plays in England and Ireland, where he directed hundreds of productions. During his time at UT, Payne directed 30 plays, 24 of which were Shakespearean productions. He retired as a Professor Emeritus in Drama at the age of 91. Three years after his death in 1976, UT dedicated a theater in his name that still stands today.