Classes - Bio of Instructor

Arlene Malinowski Ph.D

As an educator, Arlene has taught acting and solo writing/ performing at Chicago Dramatist, Victory Gardens, the College of the Canyons and in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco as well as in theaters and colleges nationwide. She developed the Solo show & Storytelling curriculum at Chicago Dramatists theater which includes Fundamentals Classes, Work in Progress classes, Page to Stage, Producing and Advertising Solo show & Live-Lit event and Performing Skills for Solo & Storytellers. She teaches private classes in “Writing in Mixed Genres” and coaches writers across the country.

Her solo students have performed on small stages & large performance venues both here and abroad. They have been honored with Garland Awards, special recognitions at Edinburgh Fringe, NY Fringe, Atlanta, Minn, Chicago Fringe, LA Weekly Nominations, FEM Finalists, Windy City’s Best Solo Works and numerous Jeff recommended and “Critics picks.” Her writers have been published in magazines, anthologies, online zines and featured at Live-Lit events.

As actor and playwright Arlene views her solo work as an artistic extension of the social justice work she has been committed to for the last twenty-five years. She has been performing her five critically acclaimed solo shows across the country: including “What Does the Sun Sound Like”. Aiming for Sainthood” and “Kicking the Habit” at Millennium Park, Pritizker Pavilion, St Louis Center of Contemporary Art, National Center on Deafness, Minneapolis Arts Center, Palmdale Arts Centre, Ojai Solo Series, HBO Workspace, Victory Gardens, and colleges nationwide. These works are an exploration of disability in our culture through the lens of her family’s and her own disability. She believes that these experiences have allowed her a view of a culture and ethnocentrism from a unique perspective. Her short plays have been produced at the United Kingdom’s UK-60 Festival, NY Playsmiths Theater, and Chicago One Minute Play Festival several years years running. Silenced was produced by Collaboration 2016.

She is the recipient of the 2016 3 Arts/UIC Fellowship and her solo work has been honored with an LA Theater Ovations Award, LA Garland Award and LA Weekly Award. She has been a Ragdale Resident and her play “Anonymous Donor” was chosen as part of Chicago’s Fine Print Theater Festival. Her play “Interrobang” was a finalist in the Heartland Competition and “A Little Bit Not Normal” was a Semi finalist for the Blue Ink Award from American Blues Theater.

As an actor she has appeared in “Love Person” at Victory Gardens, “The Music of the Spheres” at the Goodman Theatre, Pancake Breakfast with the New Colony and Erasing the Distance in Chicago. Favorite roles in LA include “The Crucible”, “Lovers and Other Strangers”, “One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest” with Deaf West, and the critically acclaimed “Solos in Harmony” and “In A Different Voice”. Her work was named among the 5 best solo shows in Chicago by Windy City, she has been Artist in Residence at Quad City’s Arts Program, is an Associate Artist at 16th Street Theater.

As a spoken word artist she has performed at the Green Mill , Victory Gardens Biograph, 2nd Story, This Much is True, Story Sessions, Guts and Glory, Here’s the Story, Here Chicago, 2nd Hand Stories, That’s All She Wrote, and in Chicago and at Tasty Words in Los Angeles. Television credits include guest starring on: CSI, ER, The Practice, The X Files, Any Day Now, The Division, Diagnosis Murder and the CBS movie, Sweet Nothing in My Ear.

She is a contributing writer to the Huffington Post, More Magazine, The Week Behind, Paramanu Pentaquark, and En Posse Review. Her short story “Moment the Lights Came On published in as part of the anthology “Women of Letters” by Penguin. She is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. Her new solo show “A Little Bit Not Normal” chronicling her journey through depression and naming it, claiming it and standing to be counted, commissioned by 16th Street Theater will be produced in the 2017 season at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater. This solo piece is the cornerstone of her 5 year initiative to become part of rtof the national conversation around the stigma of mental illness. Runs April 29- June 4.

Arlene Malinowski