about penny cook

Widely recognised for her stage and TV roles, Penny was an artist, arts advocate, and our much-loved board member from 2005 – 2018.

A NIDA graduate, Penny had an abiding passion for Australian theatre throughout her career and from the beginning, she got her hands dirty, actively championing its cause. She was a ‘stimulating force’ as one of the foundational members of Griffin Theatre Company, securing philanthropy and backing to ensure the company’s long-term future in the 1980s.

Penny came to Monkey Baa as a founding board member in 2005 and applied the same commitment to developing and promoting theatre for young people. She mentored the Creative Team and staff through its 2-year transition to becoming the resident company of the ARA Darling Quarter Theatre and was instrumental in securing the company’s major sponsor the ARA Group.

We are thrilled to name an exciting new program for Penny in 2021 – The Penny Cook Creative Associate Program – to honour her devotion to our company, her mentorship, and her inspiration.


about the penny cook creative associates program


2021 inaugral creative associate