Penny Arcade Aka Susana Ventura is an internationally respected performance artist, writer and poet known for her magnetic stage presence, her take no prisoners wit and her content rich plays and one liners. She is the author of ten scripted performance plays. Her work has always focused on the other and the outsider, giving voice to those marginalized by society. Her decades long focus on the creation of community and inclusion as the goals of performance and her efforts to use performance as a transformative act mark her as a true original in American theatre.
She Debuted at 18 in John Vaccaro's explosive Playhouse of The Ridiculous and was a teenage Superstar for Andy Warhol's factory.
She has contributed and participated in every major art movement of the past 45 years.
Since 1999 she has co-directed The Lower East Side Biography Project "Stemming The Tide Of Culutural Amnesia" with longtime collaborator Steve Zehentner in which she interviews highly self individuated artists and others in an attempt to preserve the cultural history of the counter culture. This show airs and cybercasts Mondays at 11pm in NY on channel 34 Time/Warner and everywhere on the internet. Click here for schedule and more info.
While Penny Arcade is considered the Queen of Underground Performance she has had a mainstream presence outside of America since 1993 and her work has been produced everywhere from Calgary to Sydney, London to Vienna, Rio to Zagreb, Oslo to Lisbon, Mexico City to Glasgow to Vancouver but has been produced in few places in the USA.
In 2012 the 20th anniversary revival of her sex and censorship show Bitch!Dyke!Faghag!Whore! played 48 shows in London with 48 standing ovations, hitting the zeitgeist again as it did in it's year long 1992-1993 off broadway run at The famed Village Gate where it ignited the international neo burlesque movement.
The international press in every major city has long done features on Penny Arcade and we are happy that The New York Times has joined them!
She is currently writing her autobiography.
Please sign her guestbook. Penny adores hearing from people and is an avid corresponder.