A warm, rich, inviting voice

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    "Marni Penning is an actress with amazing range and versatility. She is intuitive, enthusiastic and a pure delight to work with."

     Rick Rohan, Senior Creative Director, GraphicAudio

    About Me

    Award-Winning Actress

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    Marni is an audiobook narrator, playwright, acting coach, two-time Helen Hayes Award nominee, and other-award-winning multi-hyphenate who co-founded Cincinnati Shakespeare Company in 1994 (over 35 roles, including Juliet, Kate, Rosalind, Beatrice, and Hamlet). Recent credits: Admissions at Studio Theatre; The Agitators; Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies at Mosaic Theatre; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Book of Will at Round House; Are You Now..., The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek at MetroStage. Regional: Shakespeare Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, Folger, Washington Stage Guild, Orlando Shakespeare, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, and Georgia Shakespeare. Film: Mona Lisa Smile. Television: The Sopranos, Saturday Night Live, All My Children, Guiding Light.

    Warm, Rich, Inviting Narration


    Marni has been a voiceover artist for many years and was a disc jockey in college; she studied voiceover for animation with well-known voice teacher Pat Fraley. She narrated over a dozen titles for the Library of Congress Books for the Blind, as well performing in over 50 large-cast recordings for Graphic Audio. She has also been a producer with Lyric Audiobooks since 2016, so Marni is well-versed in audiobook creation. She now records full-length audiobooks from her home studio outside Washington, DC.

    Current Projects


    Marni just completed a nine-week run of Joshua Harmon's bitingly hilarious satire ADMISSIONS at Studio Theatre in Washington, DC. Before that, Marni played Susan B. Anthony in Mat Smart's THE AGITATORS at Mosaic Theatre opposite Ro Boddie as Frederick Douglass (pictured), and Elmarie Kleynhans in Athol Fugard's moving THE PAINTED ROCKS AT REVOLVER CREEK at MetroStage. For a full list of credits, click on Marni's resume below.

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    Marni Penning - Actress/Narrator

    Based in Washington, DC

    (917) 653-6924