BIO- Arlene Malinowski, Ph.D.
I love working in collaboration.
You talk. I talk. We both listen. We explain. We laugh. We try something else. We get confused, maybe frustrated. We try again. We question. We challenge. We hold our heads in our hands so they don’t explode. We chew gum. Drink coffee (decaffeinated of course). We get up on our feet. We reread. We listen. We laugh some more. And then it happens, we get to the place where we say, “Yes, that’s it! That works!”
Her solo work has been honored with a 3 Arts nomination, Garland Award and nominations for a LA Weekly Award and LA Theatre Ovation award. As an actor she has appeared in “Love Person” at Victory Gardens and “The Music of the Spheres” at the Goodman Theatre, and Pancake Breakfast with the New Colony 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”. Most recently her work was named among the 5 best solo shows in Chicago by Windy City.
Arlene is also a writer/performer with the nationally touring, multicultural show “A Slice of Rice, Frijoles & Greens” which was honored with the White House Award for the Initiative on Race. 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. As a spoken word artist she has performed at Victory Gardens Biograph, 2nd Story, Funky Tuesday, This Much is True, Walk of Shame, Literally Sexy in Chicago and Tasty Words, Word-a-rama in Los Angeles. She also produces a groovy spoken word salon called Speak Easy-Speak Hard.
As an educator, Dr. Arlene has taught acting and solo writing/ performing at the College of the Canyons and in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco as well as in theaters and colleges nationwide. She currently conducts solo intensives in her studio in addition to teaching at Chicago Dramatists and Victory Gardens. Her solo students have performed on small stages & large performance venues both here and abroad. They have been honored with Garland Awards, special recognition at Edinburgh Fringe, NY Fringe, LA Weekly Nominations, FEM Finalists, Windy City’s Best Solo Works and numerous “Critics picks”. Her writers in the mixed genres class have been published in magazines, anthologies, online zines and featured at spoken-word events.
She has been a contributing writer for “The Week Behind”, “Selling Lemonade for Free” and “The Week Behind” and “Paramanu Pentaquark”. She is a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists and Artist in Residence with the 2011 Quad City’s Arts Program.