Malena Pennycook (she/they) is a white-Latine writer, performer and devised theater maker currently pursuing their MFA in Playwriting at The University of Texas at Austin.
Plays include Diving Board (O'Neill Finalist 2022; Crashbox, Austin Latinx New Play Festival); Two Apprentices (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); 9/10 Beds, a play with music (Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival: Musical Theatre Award 2nd Place, Paula Vogel Award Distinguished Achievement, Latinx Award Distinguished Achievement); WEAVER UNDER (O'Neill Semifinalist); Below, a ten minute play (Take Ten Theatre Masters, Concord Theatricals/Sam French), and their solo show Am I Busy Yet? (Cosmic Cherry Arts NYC; Oregon Fringe Festival).
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.
Malena is an alum of the New Harmony Project, the Richie Jackson Artistic Fellowship and the Santa Cruz Shakespeare Acting Fellowship.
BFA NYU Tisch Experimental Theatre Wing.