CRYSTLE PAYNTHER is known for her extensive experience as an actress in both independent film and theater. Some of her leading role productions as an actress include; Black Girl, Seven Guitars, Black Nativity, and a host of independent films. Crystle recently starred in the short film “SMILE”, in which she won the 48 Hour Film Competition’s Best Female Actress Award. She enjoys impacting others through visual arts and entertainment. Crystle has taught theatre arts and video production to Akron Public School students aging from 5 to 13 and appreciates the opportunity to work with writer LeMaro Smith again in Heaven & Earth.