Malcolm MacKenzie is a young actor and playwright from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
In March of 2022 the Penn State Acting BFA student produced their first original work Bone Play, which dealt with the ways our bodies and our communities tell our stories when we no longer can.
As a writer whose interest lies in exploring how we conceive of ourselves within the larger story of the human saga, Malcolm is thrilled to have the opportunity to immerse themself in their work at the Colerain Mansion, a site with it’s own deep ties to our local history. They are working on two upcoming projects while at the Colerain Center this August. In The Bloop three Penn State students walk onto an inter-dimensional bus... and now they can’t get off. The Bloop is a one-act written for Penn State Acting students to give a cast and first-time director the opportunity to experiment with characters and a story created specifically with them in mind.
Mal is also doing preliminary research and planning for a yet unnamed play that follows two girls as they learn about tradition, historical context, the Great Highland Bagpipes, and what we owe to future generations. Mal is also a certified Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors; their fight choreography has been seen in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Penn State Center Stage, Bone Play, and the upcoming short film The Door by Dark Mind Productions. As a performer, they will be playing Actor 7 in Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphasis with Penn State Center Stage this October.