Penelope Bartlau

Penelope Bartlau is the Artistic Director of Barking Spider Visual Theatre (Barking Spider) and is creative Projects Director at Women’s Circus. She is a theatre maker, puppeteer/performer and writer.

Penelope has worked professionally in theatre for over 25 years. In the last 11 years with Barking Spider, she has generated, collaborated and directed 70 works - for theatre, with museums and galleries, site-specific works, community arts projects, schools works, roving pieces and writing and performing for radio.

Writing credits include: House of Dreams (The Johnston Collection 2016), Psychopomp & Seething (La Mama 2015), Bathing Beauties (ABC Radio National (RN) & FOLA 2014), The Memorandium (RN 2015) & seasons/touring (2012-15), Liberty of the Press (Melbourne Spring Fashion Week/State Library of Vic 2014), Ex Libris (Melbourne Athenaeum Library, 2013), Bedtime for One (Village Festival 2013)

Dome Centenary Fellowship (State Library of Victoria)
R.E.Ross Script Development Award (“Dispatch”)
Handspan Visual Theatre Travelling Scholarship
Friends of The VCA Graduate scholarship
Nescafe Short Film Awards Best Original Screenplay (Macca Strewth)
Flickerfest Best Comedy Screenplay (Macca Strewth)

With Barking Spider: MAGNA (Museums and Galleries National Awards) for Interpretation, Learning & Audience Engagement:

2016 – Nominations for “House of Dreams” Johnston Collection, and “Home” Glen Eira Gallery
2015 – “Liberty of the Press” – State Library of Victoria
2014 – “Antarctic Gaze” – Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
2013 – “Big Objects on Show” – National Museum of Australia, Canberra
Victorian Museums Awards 2017 - Honourable mention, House of Dreams

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