Penelope Bartlau


Penelope Bartlau is the Artistic Director of independent theatre company Barking Spider Visual Theatre. She is a director and visual creator with a background in puppetry and performance, as well as being award-winning creative writer. Penelope has worked professionally in the arts for over 25 years. In the last 10 years with Barking Spider, she has generated, collaborated and directed in excess of 60 works - with museums and galleries, site-specific works, works for theatre and for radio, community arts projects, schools works and roving pieces. As a part of her practice, wherever possible Penelope works with young people as equal creative collaborators and innovators.

Penelope believes that people need to be heard and that everyone has a story to tell.  Her job is to enable the sharing and telling of stories – and to create the platforms for their telling across different mediums.

Penelope has a Master of Puppetry from the Victorian College of the Arts, trained in physical theatre/improvisation (Commedia Dell'Arte) in Italy with Antonio Fava and in method acting at Lee Strasberg in New York. She studied screenwriting at RMIT, and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Monash Uni), Double Major in English Literature and Politics.