Actress Penny Reynolds embarked on her theatre career in the mid-1960’s and hasn’t stopped for breath since. A native of Chicago she’s become a familiar face on the city’s theatre, commercial, and film scenes.
After several years as the celebrity table photographer at Chicago’s famed “Blue Note Club” Penny decided she wanted to be on the other side of the camera and took her show business plunge. Early on she rubbed shoulders with a very young Candice Bergen, and recently with the Green Bay Packers hunk Aaron Rodgers. She recalls the musical “Chicago” as a highpoint in her career, partly because it was named after her beloved home, and partly due to the challenges and rewards of playing the archetypal prison matron, Mama Morton.
Though Ms. Reynolds has a long list of theatre and musical credits, she’s made her greatest mark as one of the mature go-to character women for commercial work. Penny has landed lead roles with clients such as Associated Bank, Athletico, Maker’s Mark, and Walgreens Drugstores.
Ms. Reynolds got her career jumpstarted early on by getting proper training. She was a long term student at the eminent Ted Liss Actor’s Studio, studied with the Old Town Players Workshop, acting/dialects with Dennis Zacek, and on-camera acting at the Audition Studio. She’s taken dance classes with Lou Conte and vocal coaching with Patricia Rusk.
Highlights of her long career include: Mary in the avant-garde play “Saved” at Kingston Mines, the lead role in “Killing of Sister George,” Miss Fellows in Tennessee William’s “Night of the Iguana,” the irascible Mrs. Baker in “Butterflies Are Free,” and Mary in the two character musical “I do, I do.”
Penny considers herself fortunate to have worked for and with some terrific people. She’s played in twenty-five musicals at the Harand Theatre in Wisconsin, and in a dozen benefit shows at the preeminent Victory Garden’s Theatre. With ten commercials in the last few years under her belt, and walk-on stints in half a dozen films, Penny feels blessed to have a successful career as an older character actress.