Malena Pennycook (she/they) is a white-Latine writer & performer currently pursuing their MFA in Playwriting at The University of Texas at Austin. 

As a performer and deviser, Malena has developed new projects with The Public's Under the Radar, Santa Cruz Shakespeare, sheCREATES, The Flea Theatre, Fresh Ground Pepper, Dixon Place, Shakespeare in the Square, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, The Brick and more.

As a writer, their plays include Diving Board (O'Neill Finalist 2022; Crashbox Austin); Two Apprentices Were the Only Volunteers (The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival: Latinx Playwriting Award, Rosa Parks Playwriting Award, Paula Vogel Playwriting Award Runner-Up, Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award Runner-Up); and their solo show Am I Busy Yet? (Cosmic Cherry Arts NYC; Oregon Fringe Festival). 

Malena has taught theatrical workshops in acting, devising and writing at institutions across the country, including a recent presentation at the Youth & Performance Conference at York University . You may have also seen  them speaking French and Spanish in commercial spots for AT&T, Chase and OfferUp. 

Malena was a 2022 writer in residence at the New Harmony Project, a 2019 Richie Jackson Artistic Fellow and a 2017 Santa Cruz Shakespeare Acting Fellow. 

They are a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, The Dramatist Guild, EMC, Ring of Keys and The Latinx Theatre Commons. 

BFA NYU Tisch Experimental Theatre Wing.

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photo courtesy of Nikolai Mishler