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.  

PURE @ The Drama League's DirectorFest

After a successful European tour, PURE, an immersive sensory theatrical experience created and directed by Christian Bakalov, is visiting New York as part of The Drama League's DirectorFest. Malena is participating in the workshop production as an immersive performer/facilitator. Performances are Jan 15 & 16th 12-6pm. Tickets/Info Below 

Malena joins SAG-AFTRA!

Woohoo! Malena is a proud new member of SAG-AFTRA thanks to her commercial and voice-over work. 

CHASE Sapphire Voice Over

Malena recorded voice over in French and English for an upcoming series of CHASE Sapphire radio ads. 

Malena to write for She CREATES festival in Spring

Malena was chosen as a playwright for the 2020 She CREATES festival produced by Make|Shift Theatre company. Over the course of the Winter, she will be paired with a female identifying generative artist and a director and they will work together to compose a short play centered on a myth. Stay tuned for more. 

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