Penny Couchie (Anishinaabe) is an award-winning arts leader, dancer, actor, choreographer and community engaged artist of Anishinaabe ancestry from Nipissing First Nation, Ontario. Penny is co-founder and co-artistic director of Aanmitaagzi, an Indigenous multi-arts company based in her home community. Penny holds an Honors BA from the University of Toronto and is a graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. In 2016, Penny received the KM Hunter award in Dance.Over the past twenty years Penny has guest taught at schools throughout Canada and the US, including the Centre for Indigenous Theatre. Her most recent choreography includes Aanmitaagzi’s latest production, Serpent People, Citadel Theatre, Toronto, Ontario, Material Witness, a co-production by Aanmitaagzi and Spiderwoman Theater, LaMama, New York, NY, When Will You Rage? for Planet IndigenUs, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto , Dances of Resistance, Aanmitaagzi’s multi-year community-engaged dance theatre project and Like An Old Tale for Jumblies Theatre, Toronto.