Penny Landau

Penny Landau saw her first Broadway show, West Side Story, when she was 9 years old. Since then, she has performed, stage managed, directed, and instructed for the last 33 years while running her own PR firm, Maya Public Relations. She was introduced to the world of PR by Long Island legend & former New York Daily Mirror editor, Sam Sesskin, then head of public relations for Nassau Community College, while she was working her way through school. Her first major PR job was with another legend, John Scanlon, on Richard Brooks’ film Wrong Is Right, with Sean Connery & Robert Conrad. With the Jacksina Company, she reppedGrand Hotel, the musical (with John Schneider), The Will Rogers Follies (with Keith Carradine) & the touring companies of Grand Hotel & Bye Bye Birdie (with Tommy Tune & Ann Reinking), The Baby Dance (with Stephanie Zimbalist & Linda Purl) & The Ridiculous Theatrical Company. With FLT, she repped David Zippel’s It’s Better With A Band (Scott Bakula, Nancy LaMott, Jenifer Lewis & Catherine Cox), Tallulah (starring Helen Gallagher), Night Club Confidential (with both Fay DeWitt & Eileen Fulton) & John Ford Noonan’s All She Cares About is the Yankees, as well as The First All Children’s Theatre, Theater of the Open Eye, The American Center for Stanislavsky Theatre Art & the Sonia Moore Studio.

As a stage manager, she is proud to have been the original PSM for the Tony Award-winning Torch Song Trilogy with Harvey Fierstein, Matthew Broderick, Estelle Getty & Joel Crothers. She is also proud to have stage managed Kurt Vonnegut’s Happy Birthday, Wanda June, for the venerable Equity Library Theatre. She was a member of the original Stage Managers Association & is fondly remembered for hawking Moon Pies & Goo-Goo Clusters dressed in a waitress uniform, in the audience of the Broadway show Pump Boys & Dinettes.

Penny has served on the Board of Directors of The League of Professional Theatre Women as Vice-President of Communications, is a Founding Charter Member of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs. She is also the Executive Producer of the film An Affirmative Act, the first feature film about Gay marriage.

Her production company, EMP Theatricals LLC, produces solo shows & presented Now That She’s Gone, in both Los Angeles & New York, “Shooting Stars in Jordan” at the NY Fringe Festival & was the Associate Producer of Edge, starring Angelica Page as Sylvia Plath (New York, Los Angeles & London) & Siren’s Heart: Norma Jean & Marilyn in Purgatory, starring Louisa Bradshaw as Marilyn Monroe. EMP is currently producing Still Waters, an original musical by Dennis Courtney & David Brian Colbert, about the life of the legendary Ethel Waters.

As a General Manager, Penny Landau & EMP has GM’d Siren’s Heart Edge & was the Associate GM on the multi-award-winning Jelly Roll with Vernel Bagneris & We’ll Meet Again with Vicki Stuart, both Off-Broadway.

She holds a BS in English Lit & Poetry from Bowling Green University, an MA in Theatre History & Criticism from Brooklyn College & a PhD from Bowling Green in 19th Century American Theatre History. She has taught theatre at Bowling Green University, Montclair State University, University of New Hampshire & Kingsborough Community College, as well as Special Education in public Schools in both New York & New Hampshire. She is published both professionally & academically & is currently the Executive Editor of NiteLifeExchange.com, where Broadway & Cabaret meet. She is also the columnist known & loved by all, as “The TV Junkie.”