About Me

Penelope Lowder has enjoyed performing and writing since she was a kid growing up in Los Angeles. Her mother . Christine  Redding-Lowder was a lover of books and her father, Billy Lowder a consummate story teller but it was her Uncle, Otis Redding, who was her inspiration.

She studied at Los Angeles City College Theater Academy, received her BA degree in theater at  University of Southern California, performed  in Los Angeles, New York and London theater but it was writing that stole her heart.

Returning stateside, her play, And So We Supped, was produced at McCadden Place Theater and her career began to take steam. She wrote Reaching Autonomy, based upon a story her mother told her about a relative that was a mistress to a Klansman. She partnered with Black Women State of The Union , who produced her plays 15 Minutes and The Follicle Prison War,  at Skylight Theater. The latter was also selected for the NAACP Ten Minute Play Festival.

 

The Short Playwriting Festival in New York selected "Honest Sam" about an African war criminal that finally receives his comeuppance as a semi finalist. Her other works that have been performed in Los Angeles and New York are "Pushing Yellow", "A Drop of Sun" and currently Skylight Theater is producing the world premier of her play "West Adams." 

Hilldog Productions produced her first short film 4Closure and her short film 15 Minutes is winning awards and appearing in festivals.

 

Ms. Lowder is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Theater and is a past member of the Guy Hanks and Marvin Miller Screenwriting Program, Audrey Skirball Kenis Playwrights Lab, Los Angeles Playwrights Center, Che'Rae Adams Playwright Workshop, Robey Theater Playwrights Lab.

Film

Red Plow Productions| Life On Pause| 2020

Penelope Lowder, Angela Dauphine

Taylor Hawthorne| 15 Minutes| 2019

Lony'e Perrine, Austen Jaye

Hilldog Productions| 4Closure | 2013

Kareem  Grimes, Dinora Walcott

Film

Red Plow Productions| Life On Pause| 2020

Penelope Lowder, Angela Dauphine

Taylor Hawthorne| 15 Minutes| 2019

Lony'e Perrine, Austen Jaye

Hilldog Productions| 4Closure | 2013

Kareem  Grimes, Dinora Walcott

Stage

Skylight Theatre| West Adams| 2020

Penelope Lowder,

Skylight Theatre| A Drop of Sun| 2019

Alimento| The Third Day | 2016

Stage

Skylight Theatre| West Adams| 2020

Penelope Lowder,

Skylight Theatre| A Drop of Sun| 2019

Alimento| The Third Day | 2016

Stage

Skylight Theatre| West Adams| 2020

Skylight Theatre| A Drop of Sun| 2019

Vision Theatre| The Unseen| 2019

Alimento| The Third Day | 2016

Commercials

Geico Commercial 2020

Training &
Workshops

University of Southern California

Los Angeles City College Theater Academy

Guy Hanks Marvin Miller Screen Writing Fellow

SkyLAB Playwrights - Skylight Theatre

Special Skills

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Special Skills

II am an Angeleno playwright, novelist and screenwriter. My, L.A. Times Critics Choice play, West Adams, was produced by Skylight Theater. It was written and developed in SkyLAB, Skylight Theater Playwrights Lab. My book, Three Seconds of Hell, inspired by my father's life, while he was in a motorcycle gang in the 1950's deep south was released in 2017. Three Seconds of Hell has been adapted to a screenplay. My short film, 15 Minutes, touched on the dynamics of intraracial dating, was screened at PAFF. My past dramatic and comedic plays and screenplays encompass themes of race, feminism, autonomy, white supremacy, intraracial dynamics, Afro Futurism and the surreal experiences of Black Americans in America. When I'm not writing, I enjoy any activity that promotes peace of mind, positivity and loads of giggles.