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 is Writer and Director and Creative Producer for Arts Council Funded play Silva Lining’s Care Plan trailer, and runs workshops for Bristol University’s Life of Breath Project, Nailsea Town Council, WECIL and EHCAP. 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, dancing and yoga, I love tootling on the piano, and I am learning how to sew on a sewing machine.

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.