Ayvaunn Wred Penn is an MFA Playwriting student within Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Most recently, Penn served as assistant director to Golden Globe winner Regina Taylor on her show STOP.RESET. at the Tony Award winning Goodman Theatre. She is passionate about using her gifts of writing and the performing arts to testify to the glory of God’s greatness both inside and outside of the church.
Bearing a BA in English from Austin College and an MA in Theatre from Louisiana Tech University, God has blessed both her theatrical and writing careers greatly. An award-winning playwright, Penn is an inductee of Alpha Psi Omega National (APO) Theatre Honor Society and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. At Louisiana Tech, her play “Slain Gall” was selected by APO for summer production in 2014. That same year, her play The Feather Doesn’t Fall Far from the Wing won Best Play at Louisiana Tech’s Festival of New Works. Penn is also the recipient of two Louisiana Tech theatre awards: the Lula Mae Sciro Award of the Year for Theatre Excellence and Arthur W. Stone Award of the Year for Playwriting. Formerly a senior editor for Your Black World Network – one of the top three black news websites in the nation – her voice is also heard through noted publications such as All Christian News, DFW Child Magazine, and Inland Valley News. In addition to being the founder of The Penn Speaks: Daily Devotionals and Your Black Poets, she is also the author of Ephemeral Moments: a book of poetry and short stories.