Amy Penney, Acting and Vocal Instructor
Amy Penney is an actor, singer, dancer, director, writer, and teacher who has worked extensively in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Arkansas. Having studied dance for over 20 years, she has a wealth of knowledge and performance experience in ballet, tap, jazz, and clog dancing. She has appeared in a variety of leading roles in theater productions at numerous theatres throughout the country, including San Francisco's New Conservatory Theatre and Ray of Light Theatre, and Los Angeles's Theatre Forty, Secret Rose Theatre, and Hudson Theatre. Amy won an LA Weekly Theatre Award for Best Featured Female Performance in "Hound Dog," performed at the Hudson Theatre. Amy also has appeared in film and television, including two feature films "Holyman Undercover" and "Destiny" and has also played roles on "Boston Legal" and the Sci-Fi Channel's "Monsters of the UFO." Amy has directed plays at the for New Conservatory Theatre Center (NCTC), Synapse Institute, and East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, and at the Land Ark Garage Theatre Company in Los Angeles and at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
An accomplished writer, she has written a comedy feature screenplay and directed her one-act play, "The Lady In Red," at a one-act festival at the University of Arkansas.
Amy has taught extensively, including teaching acting technique and scene study classes to youth and adults in LA for over ten years at Strasberg Institute, Ventura Court Theatre and The Actor's Forum, youth drama classes for San Francisco's NCTC, and Artist In Residence Programs at several schools and summer programs in the San Francisco Bay Area. She also directed a youth choir for the world peace organization, Soka Gakkai International. As part of America's Pride Program, Amy conducted weekend workshops in drama, dance, and singing and cast fifty students from Arkansas Public Schools to perform at Arkansas's State Conference. She wrote, directed, and choreographed students in a show that was performed for an audience of 2,500.
Amy graduated (magna cum laude) from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a B.A. in Theatre Arts.