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Penelope is a Performer and Arts Manager who has worked in dance, theatre, and music.

As a singer, Penelope is currently studying with Norma Garbo. She recorded lead vocals for the FauveMuseum albums Lost Hallway and Blacklight, performed live in their concerts at Symphony Space and TheaterLab NYC. She performed as a soloist with Rupert Wates’ Joe’s Café at the Indianapolis Fringe Festival. She toured North America and Europe as a singer with Mikel Rouse in The End of Cinematics and was in the cast of the re-staging of Dennis Cleveland; she also has a backing vocalist credit on Rouse’s 2008 release Gravity Radio. She has sung backing vocals for cabaret director Shellen Lubin for Steve Chera & The Bob Kaye Quintet at the Metropolitan Room and on Chera’s debut album recorded at Shelter Island Sound, and opened for chanteuse Floanne Ankah at Flute Lounge. She worked with Jamey Hood and Amelia Ingram in the vintage harmony group, The Johnettes, backing members of original do-wop groups The Chaperones, Vito and the Salutations, and The Flamingos. She performed in Legros Cultural Arts ‘Women in Music’ SWAN day event in New York at Cub Groove with pianist Veronica Garcia-Melendez. Penelope studied music theory at the Singers Forum with bassist Mark Wade, reconnecting with childhood music training in piano at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and in ‘cello with The Claude Watson School for the Arts Chamber Music Ensemble.

Acting credits include Cecilia Copeland's March Madness piece at the Ensemble Studio Theatre and four theatre works with the Salma Allam Dance Theater, Sharon Talbot's True Love at the Estrogenius Festival, Gilli Glatt's 1960s thriller "Stalled," and starring opposite Kathryn McNamara in Kelly Dunlap’s film “Sins of the Mother.” She has read for poet Anne Carson at the Whitney Museum, 92nd Street Y, Princeton University, Dixon Place and the Skirball Center, and recorded a podcast of Carson's material for ArtAngel London. Recent commercials include spots for Disney XD, Bergen County Democrats, and Red Envelope. She wrote an original piece, Certain Days: 1955 Was Betty-Ann's Prettiest Year, that was shown at Public Energy's 20th Anniversary performance at the Market Hall, Peterborough. Her acting training was at the Deena Levy Theater Studio, and she has just started voiceover work, training with Marla Kirban.

Penelope’s first incarnation as a performer was as a dancer, completing the International Program Certificate at the Merce Cunningham Studio after training at The School of the Toronto Dance Theatre, R.A.D. ballet, and in modern dance teacher’s professional development at The National Ballet School of Canada. She has appeared in work by Limon alumni and Julliard Faculty member Laura Glenn, Hiske Dooper, Brian Hayes, Himiko Minato, and Gabriel Zaragoza. Choreographic credits include several contemporary dance pieces produced through Peterborough New Dance, Hurry Hard: Second City Toronto Conservatory Showcase. She has taught contemporary dance, theatre dance, and ballet in public schools and conservatories; and provided dance and movement coaching for figure skaters, gymnasts, and actors.
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Photographer Lisa Hancock
Makeup Bethany Brill
Hair Echo