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|Fellowship Participant - Ronee Penoi|
Ronee is Associate Producer for Octopus Theatricals. Founded by Mara Isaacs in 2013, Octopus Theatricals is dedicated to producing and consulting in the performing arts. With Octopus, Ronee has worked with artists and companies such as Phantom Limb Company, Ripe Time, DeLanna Studi, Lisa Peterson, Denis O'Hare, Christine Jones, Lola Arias (Argentina), Song of the Goat Theater (Poland), and more. She is affiliated with Groundwater Arts, an effort to advance climate justice in the arts, and is is at work on two new musicals with collaborator Annalisa Dias, including The Carlisle Project and #RESIST. Ronee is a 2016 Theater Communications Group (TCG) Rising Leader of Color and is part of the third cohort for The Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) Arts Leadership Program and the Leadership Fellows Program (LFP). She was a 2018 ISPA Global Fellow. Previously, Ronee was Creative Producer for the Welders Playwrights' Collective (winner of Washington DC’s John Aniello Award for Best Emerging Theatre Company) and founded Theatre from the District, an effort to support, advance and tour the work of interdisciplinary artists in Washington, DC. She was the National New Play Network (NNPN) Producer-in-Residence at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, where she authored A Producing Theatre’s Guide to Presenting, and was part of the inaugural class of New Play Producing Fellows at the American Voices New Play Institute at Arena Stage. She was Assistant Stage Manager for Anna Deavere Smith’s national tour of Let Me Down Easy, and as Directing Fellow at Arena Stage, assisted Director Michael Greif during the pre-Broadway production of Next to Normal. Ronee was also Artistic Fellow for The Shakespeare Theatre’s 07-08 season. She has been a Commons Producer and contributing writer for Howlround.com, and has also worked with the Consensus Building Institute to embed theater practices in their conflict resolution practice in the U.S. and internationally. Ronee has a BA in Music with Certificates in Theater and Vocal Performance from Princeton University and is Laguna Pueblo and Cherokee.
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