Ayvaunn Penn most recently served as assistant director to two-time Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson at Brooklyn’s historic Billie Holiday Theatre and Golden Globe winner Regina Taylor at the Tony Award winning Goodman Theatre. She is currently earning her Master of Fine Arts in Playwriting at Columbia University. She also has the honor of being the Columbia University School of the Arts Dean’s Fellowship recipient for the playwriting class of 2018.
Miss Penn is an inductee of Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society and a member of the Dramatist Guild of America. She also bears a Master of Arts in Theatre from Louisiana Tech University with a double concentration in acting and playwriting. While at Tech, she was honored with: the 2015 Lula Mae Sciro Award of the Year for Theatre Excellence, the 2015 Arthur W. Stone Playwright of the Year Award, and also won first place in the graduate level research symposium qualifying her to compete at the state level. The winning presentation unveils how William Shakespeare uses metre to define relationships between characters as well as portray a character’s nature.
Lastly, Ayvaunn is the author of Ephemeral Moments: a book of poetry and short stories exploring issues such as domestic abuse, struggles of faith, and contemporary love.