Arlene Malinowski - Writer, Actor, Teaching Artist

I believe that all of us have a story.
Our stories connect us to who we are
where we come from and who we can become.
Most importantly, I believe our stories connect us with each other.
In the sacred spaces of small theaters, talk over kitchen tables
and between the pages of the written word something happens to us.
We connect, and it is in that connection we discover
that that we all live the same lives in many different ways.
Through my work as a solo artist, writer and teacher it is my hope that we all learn to listen for the story.


Arlene Malinowski

With her trademark humor, Arlene confronts her own state of mind when Depression walks into her kitchen, lights a cigarette and makes himself at home. A Little Bit Not Normal is serious comedy about depression and naming it, claiming it and standing to be counted. It’s the journey of a love story tested and the secrets we keep about crazy.

"Thoroughly compelling. Malinowski also keeps a sense of humor... Its humor is pitch dark to be sure. There’s revelation, tragedy and ultimately redemption woven through her family’s secrets and successes with wonderful vividness."

Chicago Reader

UIC Master Class


Performances :

You’re Being Ridiculous Steppenwolfe Theater, February 3

Story Jam; City Winery, May 20

A Little Bit Not Normal: Oakland & Los Angeles May 2018

Classes :

Solo & Story Fundamentals- Chicago Dramatists Feb 6- March 27

Solo & Storytelling- Page to Stage- Chicago Dramatists April 24- May 29. Saturday Series June 16

Private Class- Winter is cycle full. Wait list available for Fall

Recipient: 3arts Fellowship at the UIC Department of Disability in the Arts and Culture

Semi-finalist: American Blues Theater- Blue Ink Playwriting Award "A Little Bit Not Normal"