Malena Pennycook (she/they) is a LatinX/White actor, writer and multidisciplinary theatre artist currently pursuing an MFA in Playwriting at The University of Texas at Austin.   

Malena has performed in and developed new work with The Public's Under the Radar, Santa Cruz Shakespeare, sheCREATES, The Flea Theatre, New Georges, Fresh Ground Pepper, Dixon Place, Queer|Art, The Brick, EggYPan Magazine and more. Projects include her solo show, AM I BUSY YET?  (The Flea, Center for Performance Research, Oregon Fringe Festival) and DIVING BOARD (Nomad's Writers Group).


Current memberships: SAG-AFTRA, EMC, Ring of Keys.


Former memberships: The Bats at The Flea, Fresh Ground Pepper's PlayLab, Shakespeare in the Square, The Nomads Writers Group and The Arts in Education Roundtable.


Malena is a recipient of the Richie Jackson Artistic Fellowship and has received additional support from The Actors Fund and The Arts in Education Roundtable. 


BFA NYU Tisch Experimental Theatre Wing.

Stay tuned, reach out and see NEWS for tickets to upcoming performances.  

Updates Coming Soon! 

Zoom Reading of WeWorkCrunge

A developmental reading of Malena's one act play WeWorkCrunge will take place via zoom during Covid quarantine. 

New Platform for Blue due to Covid 19

Malena's play BLUE and the entire sheCREATES festival was cancelled due to Covid 19. 

A short piece of the play performed by Garret Lyons will air on the @TheatreWithoutTheatre instagram account created by Ali Stoner, Matt Minnicino and Lily Houghton and featured in the NYTimes. Link the account below. 


Flea Graduation!

After three wonderful years, Malena has left The Flea Theatre. From Ms Estrada, to Sincerity Forever, to Serials, to TAing Clare Barron's Pataphysics workshop to many wonderful staged readings in between - she thanks the company for such a formative few years and helping her form lifelong creative friendships. 

Production begins for Malena's play BLUE

Malena's original adaptation BLUE will premiere at the sheCREATES festival produced by Make/Shift with support from Akin theatre co. in a few weeks. They've just begun production. The festival, which will feature new work by various female identifying artists, will take place MARCH 20 & 21 at The Living Artist Gallery in Queens. Don't miss out! Tickets below 

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