Penelope Youngleson is a theatre maker, designer, writer and educator working in Cape Town.
She has won several awards with Philip Rademeyer and their company, Rust Co-Operative, and in her own capacity, including: the Best International Production at the Dublin Festival, Runner Up for Best International production at Amsterdam Fringe, panel selection at Afrovibes Festival in the Netherlands, two Standard Bank Ovation awards, 3 Silver Standard Bank Ovation awards, a Gold Standard Bank Ovation award – and a Fleur du Cap award for Best New Director.
Her particular interest is South Africa-specific stories and has written 9 scripts in the last 4 years – all original works, all about and for and in praise of people from this country. She is a Bertha Fellow at the UCT Graduate School of Business, pursuing an MPhil in Social Innovation, where she is researching the impact of play and play-making with at-risk, school-attending youth (particularly those who identify as girls, non-binary gender identity and queer) and ways to upskill and embolden through theatre to create active, compassionate citizens in our schools. She was also named amongst the Mail and Guardian Top 200 Young People of 2016.