"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

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Award-Winning Actress

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Warm, Rich, Inviting Narration

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

Warm, Rich, Inviting Narration

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 the legendary Pat Fraley, so her specialty is character voices and complex accents! 

She cut her teeth in narration for the Library of Congress Books for the Blind, as well as performing in over 100 large-cast recordings for Graphic Audio, but her favorites are cozy mysteries, sci-fi thrillers, YA fantasy, and quirky romances. 

She now records full-length audiobooks from her high-quality home studio, working around the schedule of her husband, son, dog, fish, and chickens.


Current Projects

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Current Projects

Marni continues to stay busy with audiobook narration, including recent releases for Simon & Schuster Audio and Blackstone Audio, as well as indie authors A.L. Knorr and Tony Harmsworth.  Marni also records newsworthy stories each week from The Washington Post, The Guardian, Financial Times and more

for the Curio app.

For a full list of theatre, television, and film credits, click on Marni's resume below.

To listen to audiobooks recorded by Marni, 

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Marni Penning - Actress/Narrator

Based in Washington, DC

(703) 651-6710