Wellington born and trained, Penny Dodd began her career at the Mercury Theatre in 1981 in Auckland, as musical director for Oliver!, Chicago, Sweet Charity, Footrot Flats, The Rink and The Pirates of Penzance. In 1987, she moved to London and played keyboards for the National Theatre’s Fathers and Sons and The Pied Piper, and West End productions of
The Phantom of The Opera and Chess. After returning to New Zealand in 1990, Penny arranged and produced programmes for Radio NZ, and began orchestrating for New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. She was arranger/musical director for
Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park from 1994 to 2014. Penny arranged and conducted Sirens with Christchurch Symphony Orchestra in 2001 and Symphonic Rock 03 and 04 with APO. In 2001 she returned to theatre as musical director and conductor. Shows have included: Chicago, Evita, Cats, Anything Goes, 42nd Street and The Phantom of the Opera. Highlights at Auckland Theatre Company have included High Society, End of the Rainbow, Jesus Christ Superstar and the role of tap class accompanist
Mrs Fraser in Stepping Out.