Malena Pennycook is an NYC based actor and multidisciplinary theatre artist.  


Teeny tiny: 

She was born in Montreal and raised in Austin, making frequent visits see her mother's family in Buenos Aires. Malena learned Spanish and French and began playing cello and acting at a young age. 



After high school, Malena studied Eastern religion in Nepal. In 2013, she moved to NYC to attend NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing, where she trained in physical, classical and devised theatrical forms. She became a player with Shakespeare in the Square, participated in the International Theatre Workshop in Amsterdam and experimented as a writer, director, composer and performer. 


Now (still small-ish):

Malena has developed work regionally and at various Off/Off Off Broadway venues including The Public's Under the Radar, The Flea Theatre, Santa Cruz Shakespeare, Dixon Place, The Brick, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Rockwall Studios, American Vicarious, Working Theatre  and Shakespeare in the Burg. She participates in a Tuesday night writers group, teaches cooking and art in NY Public Schools and lives a regular human life.  She is a member of Shakespeare in the Square and The Bats at The Flea Theatre and is a 2019 recipient of the Richie Jackson Artistic Fellowship. Her writing has been published in last two editions of Egg Y Pan. Read here: https://eggypanmagazine.com/

Malena is currently rehearsing Sincerity Forever by Mac Wellman to be performed at The Flea August 24 - Oct 7th. Dina Vovsi directs. 


Info and tickets here: http://theflea.org/shows/sincerity-forever/

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

Sincerity Forever

Malena is currently rehearsing for Sincerity Forever to be performed at The Flea August 24th - Oct 7th. The play is about a group of teens in the KKK. It follows their crushes, questions of faith and descent into chaos when furballs come to town. The show is timely and challenging. Dina Vovsi directs. TW: Racist Garb & Language 

Working Theatre: The Only Ones

Malena joined the Working Theatre for their reading of The Only Ones written by Liba Vaynberg and directed by Dina Vovsi. The Only Ones is part of The Working Theatre's 5 Borough's One City initiative which commissions work about real New Yorkers across the city and tours them to each borough. Malena read stage directions. 

A(Loft) Workshop with American Vicarious

Malena spent this week workshopping new play A(Loft) with The American Vicarious theatre group directed by Christopher McElroen (Drama Desk, Helen Hayes awards) and writer Jaymes Jorsling. The play will receive a production later this year so no spoilers! 

Birdbrains @ Rockwall Studio

Malena and the cast of BIRDBRAINS are going into tech this week at Rockwall Studio. This wild adaptation of Aristophane's The Birds employs Bouffon clowning techniques, live music and "birds" like you have never seen them before. Directed by Bailey Nassetta and written by MIchael Galligan. Performances May 23-June 2nd 

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