Elspeth Penny: Writer, Director, Arts-in-health Specialist


Elspeth Penny (MA Cantab, MA UEA) is a Writer, Director and an Arts-in-health specialist with www.lifeofbreath.org; she runs Nailsea Town Council’s Letter to My Grandchild and is Creative Writing workshop leader for WECIL. She loves handwriting, letters, teaching creativity, wilderness and dance.

Elspeth Penny Showreel 2 mins Writer/Creative Producer (Film)

  • Cambridge University degree in Anthropology and Theology.
  • MA in Theatre Directing/Script Writing from UEA.
  • Many years of teaching at all ages and stages – for example my own MA module in Narrative at Norwich University of the Arts.
  • Written for BBC Doctors, BBC Radio Bristol journalist, film maker, screen writer, developer of media projects funded by eg Wellcome Trust.
  • Playwright and Director including a play at Battersea Arts Centre, along with ‘cellist Matthew Barley.
  • Worked/written across media, always ideas lead.
  • 10 years experience as a facilitator, actor and consultant for patient-medical communications.
  • Consultant in a new social competence tool called VoicePrint which measures how we talk.
  • Creative workshop leader – eg on letter writing http://www.scent.buzz
  • Regular speaker eg at medical conferences, Tedx.
  • I have two children, I love running, yoga and I sing in a choir.

Previous credits:

The Owl – Writer, Director. In association with Bristol Old Vic, with 2011 full house shows at St George’s Bristol.

BBC Doctors – Writer: Sharp Seedlings, broadcast Nov 30th 2004: An elderly woman falls out with a competitive fellow allotment holder over prize vegetables and weeds.

The Line Up – Writer: for Menagerie Theatre, play commissioned for reading 2005.

In The Same Breath – Writer/Director: short documentary film, funded by the Arts Council, previewed at Cinema City, Norwich in 2001. Currently distributed by Concord Media http://www.concordmedia.org.uk/products/in-the-same-breath-472/

Beauty and the Breast – Writer/Director/Producer: Performed at Battersea Arts Centre’s festival Sharp Intake of Music 1998.

Various Animation, Anglia TV. Radio Journalist – BBC Radio Bristol, 1991-1993

Tutor – Leader of new MA module in Narrative at Norwich School of Art and Design and team member for new MA in Animation and Soundscape, 2002-2004.
Arts Council funded artist in residence.