Rob Penny

Rob Penny

Robert Lee "Rob" Penny (1941—2003) was an American playwright, poet, and professor.

Penny was born in Opelika, Alabama on August 6 1941. He moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's Hill District as a toddler, where he was raised.

In 1968, he and his friend August Wilson, a fellow Pittsburgh poet and playwright, co-founded the Black Horizon Theater, which staged performances until the mid-1970s. Dr. Vernell A. Lillie founded the Kuntu Repertory Theatre in 1975 as a way of showcasing Penny's plays. Penny had begun teaching at the University of Pittsburgh in 1969 and served as chair of its Africana Studies Department from 1978–1984. Penny wrote more than 30 plays and 300 poems.

In 1976, he and Wilson co-founded the Kuntu Writers Workshop, which Penny coordinated until his death on March 16 2003.


*cite book | author=Conner, Lynne | title=Pittsburgh in Stages: Two Hundred Years of Theater | location=Pittsburgh | publisher=University of Pittsburgh Press | year=2007 | id=ISBN 0-8229-4330-1
*Ervin Dyer (2003). [ Rob Penny obituary] . Retrieved October 2, 2005.

External links

* [ Kuntu Repertory Theatre Homepage]

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