Malena Pennycook


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Malena Pennycook (she/they) is a white-Latine writer, performer and devised theatre maker creating formally inventive plays about the strangeness of having a body. Pennycook is a 2023-2024 Playwrights Center Core Apprentice and Playwrights Realm Scratchpad Fellow. Their plays include How Should A Conversation Be? (Playwrights Center, Playwrights Realm) Below, a ten minute play (Take Ten Theatre Masters, Concord Theatricals/Samuel French); Two Apprentices (The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Latinx Playwriting Award and Rosa Parks Playwriting Award); Diving Board (O'Neill Finalist 2022; Crashbox; Austin Latinx New Play Festival); 9/10 Beds, a play with music (Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Musical Theatre Award 2nd Place); and their solo show Am I Busy Yet? (Cosmic Cherry Arts NYC, Oregon Fringe Festival). As a performer-deviser, Pennycook has developed projects with The Public Theater's Under the Radar, Santa Cruz Shakespeare and The Flea. Pennycook serves as the associate director of Camp Shakespeare at Winedale. She is an alum of The New Harmony Project and The Richie Jackson Artistic Fellowship. B.F.A. - New York University Tisch Experimental Theatre Wing.


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