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Penny Harpham


Penny Harpham is the Associate Director of Western Edge Youth Arts and co-founder and co-Artistic Director of She Said Theatre. 

Education: University of Queensland (Journalism/ Drama), University of Melbourne (Post Grad in Arts and Cultural Management) and Victorian College of the Arts (Post Grad in Performance Creation – Directing); selected to partake in Playwriting Australia’s inaugural Directors Studio (2015) and Melbourne Festival’s Directors Lab (2016). 

Awards: Barbara Manning Scholarship for Excellence ((VCA), Global Atelier Scholarship for Overseas Travel (VCA), Green Room Award for The Stream/ The Boat/ The Shore/ The Bridge (Next Wave Festival 2012), recipient of the Ian Potter Cultural Trust Award (2015) which helped her complete a residency at the ZK/U in Berlin and undergo an internship with TheaterRampe in Stuttgart. 

Directing: HART (winner of three Melbourne Fringe 2015 awards, winner of a Blue Room Theatre Award, Winner of a NZ Fringe Award, nominated for a Green Room Award, and winner of Best Emerging Artist for Ian Michael at Adelaide Fringe 2016), The Way Out (Red Stitch Actors Theatre), Fallen, Salt, Bock Kills Her Father, Laika and Wills, Breaking (She Said Theatre), Caliban (Western Edge Youth Arts Regional VIC tour), Slut (VCA One Act Play Season). Assistant Director: Meloncholia (Malthouse Theatre), Antony and Cleopatra (Bell Shakespeare), Rust and Bone (Daniel Clarke). Most recent performing credits include: Virgins and Cowboys (Griffin Theatre), You Got Older (Red Stitch Actors Theatre), Now More Than Ever (Elbow Room). 

Facilitating: Penny has worked extensively with children and young people as a workshop facilitator and director of youth theatre (Western Edge Youth Arts, Footscray Community Arts Centre, St Martins Youth Arts Centre, La Boite Theatre Company) as well as a theatre facilitator for people with disabilities through Footscray Community Arts Centre and Northern Support Services.