Penny KreitzerPenny Kreitzer was born in South Africa and studied Theatre, English and Political Science at the University of Cape Town, The Hebrew University in Jerusalem and S. F. State University.  She has an MA in Theatre and a Licentiate Speech Teacher’s Diploma from Trinity College, London.

Her experience in High Impact Communication Skills for Leaders, covers Fortune 500 companies, training sessions in Europe, South Africa and the Middle East, as well as workshops throughout the USA. She is faculty at the UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business and has served on the faculty of The Athena Women’s Leadership Institute at Barnard College in New York as well as many others academic institutions.  She has presented at the Haas School of Business Alumni Reunion, Yale University Learning Center Conference and Eli Lilly International Conference for Women Physicians.  A new endeavor is working with horses in equine assisted training.

Faculty Positions:

  • Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
  • Olin School of Business, Washington University
  • Weatherspoon School of Business, Chase Western University
  • The Athena Women’s Leadership Lab, Barnard College
  • The Berlin School of Creative Leadership
  • The Executive Coach Training Institute, UC Berkeley
  • University of San Francisco
  • Columbia University
  • Vassar College
  • Suny Purchase, New York
  • The HB Studio Theater Training School, New York
  • American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco
  • Lesley University, Cambridge Ma, and Netanya, Israel

Theater Background:

As a professional, award-winning actress, Ms Kreitzer has performed at The Berkeley Repertory Theater, American Conservatory Theater, The Aurora Theater, Gloucester Stage Company, Shakespeare & Company, The HB Studio. Since 1974, she has been a member of the Roy Hart Theatre, France. She created and performed 16 characters in “The Actors Rehearse the Story of Charlotte Salomon.”

Ms Kreitzer has been Voice and Dialogue Coach on Academy Award nominated documentaries “Promises” and “Regret to Inform” and for award-winning actress/playwrights Anna Deveare Smith (”Fires in the Mirror” Berkeley Repertory Theater),and Ellen McLauglin (“Angels in America” Mark Taper Forum).

Penny Kreitzer - Twelfth NightOlivia in “Twelfth Night”


Charlotte in "The Actors Rehearse the Story of Charlotte Salomon" Charlotte in “The Actors Rehearse the Story of Charlotte Salomon”
“This is wonderful, thought-provoking theater  meticulously crafted and presented by a fearsomely talented and engaging actress. Kreitzer gives ample sampling of her own lovely contralto singing voice. We also listen and watch as she gives voice to a total of sixteen characters on stage – male and female, old and young, from different ethnic and linguistic backgrounds.” — Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, June 2009