Originally from Australia, Penny Chivas moved to Glasgow in 2010. A co-founding director of @TheGlasgowJam with Tom Pritchard, Penny has provided platforms for the growth of Contact Improvisation, alongside her teaching. She is also a freelance performer working with Ian Spink, Plan B, Scottish Opera, Lyra Theatre, Rosina Bonsu, Caroline Bowditch and Stillmotion including international touring.

Her interest in improvisation has led to study with Julyen Hamilton on numerous occasions. Her teaching work includes; Royal Conservatoire of Scotland -Juniors and university programmes, London Contact Improvisation (LCI), Dance House Glasgow and international guest teaching.

Penny graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), and Victorian College of the Arts (VCA)