Enter the name for this tabbed section: Dramatic Writing
Penny has 20 years of experience as a playwright and screenwriter. She is the author of the stage play now then again, which premiered in Chicago in 2000, won a Joseph Jefferson Citation for "Best New Work" and was published by Broadway Play Publishing in the Fall of 2001. Her screenplay adaptation, titled Love is Brilliant, won the Sloan Award at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival. Penny is the author of numerous other screenplays. Her short film script, One in a Million, was produced in 2012 with Fulton Market Films.

Additional stage plays include
Keys of the Kingdom, Spin, which had its world premiere as the inaugural production at Theater Wit's new performance space in Chicago; The Roaring Girl (co-authored with director Jeremy Wechsler), which received a Joseph Jefferson Nomination for "Best Adaptation;" 7 Years at the Mayfair Mall, a one-act commissioned and premiered by Milwaukee Repertory Theater; and Miss Julie, a commissioned adaptation of the August Strindberg play.

Penny is a former Adjunct Professor of Playwriting at Northwestern University. She has written articles on screenwriting for MovieMaker Magazine and lectured internationally on dialogue writing technique. Her book Talk the Talk: A Dialogue Workshop for Scriptwriters is published by MWP Books.

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Theater Wit, Chicago IL (p, w)
Milwaukee Repertory Theate, Milwaukee WI (p, c)
Portland Center Stage JAW Festival (w)
Gorilla Rep, New York NY (p, c)
Bailiwick Repertory, Chicago IL (p)
Shakespeare's Motley Crew, Chicago IL (p)
Collaboraction, Chicago IL (p)
Lookingglass Theater, Chicago IL (w)
Stage Left Theatre, Chicago IL (w)
High Desert New Play Development Workshop, Las Cruces NM (w)
Blank Theater, Los Angeles CA (w)
Depot Theater, Westport NY (w)
The Old Globe, San Diego CA (w)
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Copywriting
As an advertising copywriter, Penny has written national television, radio, and print ads for brands such as: Huffy Bicycles, Red Lobster Restaurants, Clearasil, Metamucil, Hardee’s, Kemper Financial Services, Hoover, Ameritech, and The League of Chicago Theaters. In addition to her produced advertisements, she has participated in market research and identity development for brands such as Chex Cereal, Kay Jewelers, Jared the Galleria of Jewelry, Coast Soap, Old Spice, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Head and Shoulders Shampoo, Purina, The Center for Ethics and The American Bar Association.

Penny has developed corporate communication pieces for clients such as The Department of Internal Medicine at Rush University Hospitals, Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget (SCA Paper), Trane Air-Conditioning Systems, Mimic Technologies, and The Lab School of Chicago. In 2004, her television campaign for the League of Chicago Theaters won a Summit Creative Award. In addition to extensive experience as a copywriter, Penny is also a published author and award-winning playwright.
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Directing
Penny is currently pursuing an MFA in Cinema Directing at DePaul University. Prior to enrolling at DePaul, she conceived and directed the City of Stories Web Video campaign for Friends of Chicago’s Neighborhood Theaters.
Enter the name for this tabbed section: FAQ
Can I get a copy of one of your scripts?
My script Seven Years at the Mayfair Mall is available for free download on this website. All other published scripts are available for purchase through amazon.com. If you are a theater professional, you may contact me to request a free copy of a script for review.
How do I get performance rights for one of your plays?
For performance rights to now then again, contact Broadway Play Publishing. For performance rights to all other scripts, contact me.
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Dramatic Writing Bio
Penny Penniston is a Chicago-area playwright and screenwriter. She is the author of the stage play now then again, which premiered in Chicago in 2000, won a Joseph Jefferson Citation for "Best New Work" and was published by Broadway Play Publishing in the Fall of 2001. Her screenplay adaptation, titled Love is Brilliant, won the Sloan Award at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival. Penny is the author of numerous other screenplays. Her short film script, One in a Million, was produced last year with Fulton Market Films.

Additional stage plays include
Spin, which had its world premiere as the inaugural production at Theater Wit's new performance space in Chicago; The Roaring Girl (co-authored with director Jeremy Wechsler), which received a Joseph Jefferson Nomination for "Best Adaptation;" 7 Years at the Mayfair Mall, a one-act commissioned and premiered by Milwaukee Repertory Theater; and Miss Julie, a commissioned adaptation of the August Strindberg play.

Penny is a former Adjunct Professor of Playwriting at Northwestern University. She has written articles on screenwriting for MovieMaker Magazine and her book Talk the Talk: A Dialogue Workshop for Scriptwriters is published by MWP Books.
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Charming... In Proof and in now then again the main characters, all in their 20's, find the pursuit of difficult knowledge no less enlivening and nervous-making than things like their careers, their families, their social graces, their hormones and their heartaches. I can't recall having seen similar types on the stage before... illuminating an obviously extant kind of life experience I'd never before considered but was delighted to discover.
--Bruce Weber,
New York Times
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Hollywood wants great scripts. Great scripts must have great dialogue. Great dialogue writing begins with this book.
--Brantley M. Dunaway,
Producer, Love in the Time of Cholera
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Smart ... zesty and witty.
-- Chris Jones,
Chicago Tribune

Deftly written and acted
-- Hedy Weiss,
Chicago Sun Times
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...a grand old time with this action packed adventure story...
--Lucia Mauro
Chicago Sun-Times

swashbuckling fun... the production is a handsome one indeed.
--Catey Sullivan
New City
Copywriting Bio
As an advertising copywriter, Penny has written national television, radio, and print ads for brands such as: Huffy Bicycles, Red Lobster Restaurants, Clearasil, Metamucil, Hardee’s, Kemper Financial Services, Hoover, Ameritech, and The League of Chicago Theaters. In addition to her produced advertisements, she has participated in market research and identity development for brands such as Chex Cereal, Kay Jewelers, Jared the Galleria of Jewelry, Coast Soap, Old Spice, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Head and Shoulders Shampoo, Purina, The Center for Ethics and The American Bar Association.

Penny has developed corporate communication pieces for clients such as The Department of Internal Medicine at Rush University Hospitals, Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget (SCA Paper), Trane Air-Conditioning Systems, Mimic Technologies, and The Lab School of Chicago. In 2004, her television campaign for the League of Chicago Theaters won a Summit Creative Award. In addition to extensive experience as a copywriter, Penny is also a published author and award-winning playwright.