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Penny Harpham

Artist, Writer

Penny Harpham is the co-founder and co-Artistic Director of She Said Theatre.

She has worked across Australia, South Korea, Germany and the UK as a director and performer. She studied at the University of Queensland (Journalism/ Drama), University of Melbourne (Post Grad in Arts and Cultural Management) and most recently she graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts (Post Grad in Performance Creation – Directing) where she was awarded the Barbara Manning Scholarship for Excellence and the Global Atelier Scholarship for Overseas Travel.

In 2013 she won a Green Room Award for The Stream/ The Boat/ The Shore/ The Bridge (Next Wave Festival 2012) and in 2015 she was a recipient of the Ian Potter Cultural Trust Award which helped her complete a residency at the ZK/U in Berlin and undergo an internship with TheaterRampe in Stuttgart. Her directing credits include HART (winner of three Melbourne Fringe 2015 awards, nominated for a Green Room Award, and winner of Best Emerging Artist for Ian Michael at Adelaide Fringe 2016), Bock Kills Her Father (She Said Theatre/La Mama), Slut (VCA One Act Play Season), Laika and Wills, and Breaking (She Said Theatre for Melbourne Fringe).

As a performer Penny has worked with some of Australia’s leading arts organisations and independent theatre ensembles, including Elbow Room, Brisbane Powerhouse, Theatre Works, Motherboard Productions, Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble, and The Good Room. Penny has also worked extensively with children and young people as a Workshop Facilitator (La Boite Theatre Company, Footscray Community Arts Centre) and Teaching Artist (Western Edge Youth Arts).

Penny recently served as assistant director on Bell Shakespeare’s production of Antony and Cleopatra.

What I Learned From a Dead White Male (and Peter Evans)
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What I Learned From a Dead White Male (and Peter Evans)

Indie director Penny Harpham took a deep dive into the world of mainstage theatre with Antony and Cleopatra and, against expectations, came up inspired.

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