Playwright, Actor, Solo Performer
“I believe that everyone has a story that will stop your heart but people have stopped telling them because we’ve stopped listening. Through my autobiographical solo work it’s my hope that people will recognize that our stories have a way of telling the truth and connecting 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.”
Arlene Malinowski is an actor/playwright who views her solo work as an extension of the social justice issues she has been committed to for the last 25 years. Her solo plays, What Does the Sun Sound Like, Til Deaf Do Us Part, Kicking the Habit, Or Forever Hold Your Peace have been produced and performed in venues nationwide. Her work has been honored with an LA Theatre Ovations nomination, an LA Weekly Award, a Garland Award and named one of best solo shows by Windy City. Aiming for Sainthood was her first commission for 16th Street Theater.
As an actor, Arlene has appeared in By The Music of the Spheres at the Goodman Theatre. Favorite roles include Lovers and Other Strangers, Chapter Two, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, and the critically acclaimed Solos in Harmony and In A Different Voice.
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. As a spoken word artist she has performed at Victory Gardens, 2nd Story, HBO Workspace, Tasty Words, Theatre 150.
TV credits include: ER, CSI, MOW Sweet Nothing in my Ear, The Practice, The Division & X Files and. She teaches solo writing/performing in L.A., S.F. and Chicago. She has been a contributing writer for The Week Behind and is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists.