Anne Penner

Associate Professor

  • Faculty
  • College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department of Theatre

What I do

I teach acting, directing, and actor movement courses; I also direct in the Department of Theatre.

Specialization(s)

Acting, Directing, Movement

Professional Biography

As well as teaching in the DU Department of Theatre, Anne is an actor, director, and producer. Her professional acting work includes roles with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, Stories on Stage, and Sis Tryst Productions. She also directs here at DU, and she produces for her theatre company, Sis Tryst Productions.
She also is co-host of the podcast, The Actor's Mind, with Psychology professor, Kateri McRae.

Degree(s)

  • MFA, Theatre/Acting, Columbia University School of the Arts, 2002
  • BA, Theatre & Dance / English, Amherst College, 1997

Professional Affiliations

  • Theatre Communications Group

Research

My research focuses on two goals: 1) the creation of theatrical projects for the public, and 2) the production of The Actor's Mind podcast, a conversation between acting and psychology, with Psychology professor Kateri McRae. As a theatre practitioner, my research centers on actor training, especially the Stanislavski System, Shakespeare, and actor movement training. As a podcast host, my research focuses on developing discussions about the overlap between acting technique and psychological science.

Performances

Penner, A. C. (2018). The Wolves, a play by Sarah DeLappe. Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company. Boulder, Colorado.
Penner, A. C. (2017). Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare. Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Boulder, CO.
Penner, A. C. (2018). Richard III, by William Shakespeare. Colorado Shakespeare Festival . Boulder, Colorado.
Penner, A. C. (2019). Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare. Colorado Shakespeare Festival . Boulder, Colorado.
Penner, A. C. (2017). The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion. Stories on Stage. Boulder and Denver, Colorado.

Presentations

Penner, A. C. (2019). Time to Get Real: Subjective Perspectives on Truthfulness in Performance. Livingston Lecture. College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences.
Penner, A. C., Campbell, A., & Fellenstein, E. (2017). No Acting, Please: The Paradox of Contemporary Acting Technique. AHSS Faculty Lecture Series. University of Denver: Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, University of Denver.