Penelope Bartlau Ms

Passionate, driven, collaborative, practical-yet-fanciful, well-organised and a sustained improviser.

Penelope Bartlau Ms

Artistic Director and Creative Projects Director

Specialty Areas

Arts, Music, Literature

About Me

Penelope Bartlau
Current employment:
Artistic Director – Barking Spider Visual Theatre
Creative Projects Director – Women’s Circus

Specialisations: Theatre direction, writing and visual creation and puppetry

Penelope is passionate about stories. She specialises in visual theatre as a medium to interpret and create stories.

Penelope is the Artistic Director of Barking Spider Visual Theatre. She is a director and visual creator/story teller with a background puppetry and performance. Penelope is also award-winning creative writer. In addition to her role as Artistic Director of Barking Spider Visual Theatre, she is also Creative Projects Director at the Women’s Circus.

Penelope has worked professionally in the arts for over 25 years. In the last 11 years with Barking Spider Visual Theatre she has generated, collaborated and directed in excess of 70 works – for theatre, with museums and galleries, site-specific works, community arts projects, schools works and roving pieces. As a part of her practice, wherever possible she works with young people as equal creative collaborators and innovators.


Dome Centenary Fellowship, State Library of Victoria
R.E. Ross Playwright’s Script Development Award
Finalist in the SES International Playwriting Prize
Handspan Visual Theatre Travelling Scholarship
Friends of The VCA Graduate scholarship
Nescafe Short Film Awards Best Original Screenplay
Flickerfest Best Comedy Screenplay for Macca Strewth


Master of Arts - Victorian College of hte Arts, Puppetry
Bachelor of Arts, Monash University, Politics and English

Search our Directory