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, minored in Social and Cultural Analysis, 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, New Georges, QUEER|ART and Shakespeare in the Burg. She is a member of The Nomads writers group, Shakespeare in the Square, The Bats at The Flea Theatre and is a 2019 recipient of the Richie Jackson Artistic Fellowship.

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

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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