After graduating with a Radio/TV/Film degree from Northwestern University in 1992, Penny Penniston worked for five years as an advertising copywriter for EURO RSCG Tatham in Chicago, Illinois. In 1998, Penniston left Tatham to become a free-lance copywriter and to pursue an interest in playwriting and screenwriting. As a playwright, Penniston began by co-adapting The Roaring Girl, a 1611 comedy by Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker. This play had its world premiere in 1999 with Shakespeare’s Motley Crew in Chicago, Illinois and was nominated for “Best Adaptation” by Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Committee. Penniston’s second play was now then again, which was adapted for the screen as “Love is Brilliant.” It ran for 17 weeks, received wide critical acclaim and won a Joseph Jefferson Citation for “Best Adaptation.” Penniston currently serves as Head of the Playwriting Department at Northwestern University.
The TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund | 2005