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, New Georges, Fresh Ground Pepper, Dixon Place, Queer|Art, The Brick and more.
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 will be a 2022 writer in residence at the New Harmony Project and was a 2017 Richie Jackson Artistic Fellow.
They are a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, The Dramatist Guild, EMC & Ring of Keys.
Former memberships include: The Bats at The Flea Theatre, Fresh Ground Pepper's PlayLab, Shakespeare in the Square, The Nomads Writers Group and The Arts in Education Roundtable.
BFA NYU Tisch Experimental Theatre Wing.
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Diving Board was named a Finalist for the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference,
Two Apprentices Were the Only Volunteers received the LatinX Playwriting Award; Rosa Parks Playwriting Award; Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award Runner-Up & Paula Vogel Playwriting Award Runner-Up at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
Malena performed their solo show Am I Busy Yet? at Cosmic Cherry Arts Festival in NYC. Direction: Jenny Lavery.
Malena played Nurse in the bilingual Romeo y Juliet workshop written by Karen Zacarias & directed by KJ Sanchez.
Malena began their MFA in Playwriting at The University of Texas at Austin.