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LITE 2018

Marlene McKenzie

Social Issues Performing Artist

Mobile: 07736337365

I am also DBS checked/chaperone/arts award trainer in bronze and silver/mentor/and director.

Authentic. Powerful. Honest. Performer/Director/Writer
Live In your Truth and Encompass your power

Marlene McKenzie is a Social Issues performing artists and is also the Founder and Creative Director of Mooville Theatre (CIC registered 2014). 
Marlene graduated from Birmingham Theatre School in 2004. Since graduating, Marlene's performances include:
Birmingham REP Theatre, Coventry Belgrade Theatre, Language Alive/The Play House, Women & Theatre, The Drum Arts, ICU Transformational Arts, The Other Way Works, Open Stage Productions, Kajans, Letters To Eric, and The Shaw Theatre.  Part of the Blacktress Theatre festival. She played Mother in Inside Out, Short film that won at the Black International Film Festival and Marlene performed in the BBC Drama, written by Lenny Henry and filmed by Red Productions, Danny and the Human Zoo, as Valda Graham. 
Apart from working as an actress, mentor and one to coach  Marlene loves working with children and young people and hence why Mooville was established to set up the M.A.I project. Mooville Arts Initiative, believing every young person deserves to access arts.


Marlene is on the Writing West Midlands Diversity, Inclusivity & Relevance Sub-Committee


   2008-2009      NCFE level 2 Work based support mentoring

   2004-2005      OCN in workshop/project planning delivery skills

   2002-2004      HND Performing Arts - Theatre Acting at the Birmingham Theatre School

   2001-2002      Open Access Acting Course at Birmingham Theatre School

   1999-2001      ‘A’ Level Drama and Media Studies at Josiah Mason College

Work Experience

        May 2004

Theatre  Experience  

Stella                       Don't Forget di Rush.                     Mooville Theatre                                         Marlene McKenzie  

Sprite/Mum       Looking In Looking Out.         Mac Arts Centre                                Marlene  McKenzie
Cheryl                     LITE                                                 Warwick University/MMT                        Marlene McKenzie 
Number 3              Them and Us                                    Letters to Eric                                              Tracey Street
Cheryl                     LITE                                                 Mooville                                                        Lorna Laidlaw
Laila                        Back 2 Backs                                  Women and Theatre                                  Janice Connolly
Ensemble               Out of the Flying Pan                   Letters to Eric                                              Tracey Street          
Cheryl                     LITE                                                 Creative Leap                                             Marlene McKenzie
Miranda                 All Good Things…                          The Play House                                            Deborah Hull
Woman 2               Shag around                                  Open Productions                                       Emma Clayton
Belief                      Beyond Belief                                Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham                  Mem Morrison
Ayesha                   For The Love of Auset                  The Drum                                                      Paul Savage
Woman / Singer    Don Quixote                                  Birmingham Rep Theatre                          Chris Bond
Witch                      The Witches                                   Birmingham Rep Theatre                           Jonathan Church
Kate                        Big School                                      Coventry Belgrade                                       Julia Smith
Marlene                 Open House                                   Birmingham Rep Theatre                          Steve Ball
Lady Macbeth       Macbeth                                          Patrick Centre                                             Chris Rozanski
Second Woman    Terrorism                                       Stephen Joseph Theatre                            Chris Rozanski
Wife/Chorus          Wounds to the Face                     Coventry Belgrade Studio                         Tracey Street

January 2024

Film & Television
Marlene                  A Mother's Fear                            Mooville Productions                               Marlene McKenzie  
Cheryl.                     LITE 2020                                      Mooville Productions                               Marlene McKenzie                      

Valda Graham       Danny and the Human Zoo         Red Productions  (BBC)                           Destiny Ekaragha 
Mum                       Inside Out                                       Rights of passage productions              Daniel Anderson 
Bertha                     Cyber Grannies                             BTS Media                                                  Mark Presdee
Emma                     What’s The Deal?                           Aston Media                                              Nick Birch
Geraldine               CAMHS                                           Television Junction                                    Yvonne Davies

Workshop Experience  
2020-2021             Butterfly Project.                          Drama facilitator /Film Director.              Mooville Theatre 

2019-2019              Embodied Islands                       Theatre Practitioner/teacher/director       Warwick University
2018-2019              Mini Moo's summer school        Creator/head Drama Teacher/Director     Mooville Theatre
2017-2018              Mootual Respect                          Project coordinator/facilitator                   Mooville Theatre

2016-2017              Drama Expressions                      workshop faciliator/mentor                        Mooville Theatre

2015-2016               #THISGIRLBRUMGIRLCAN          Workshop facilitator                                Mooville Theatre

2014 -2016             Butterfly Project                            Project Coordinator/deliver                    Mooville Theatre

2011-2012              After School Club                         Drama Teacher                                          ICU
2011-2011             Body Image                                    Project coordinator/facilitator                Marlene McKenzie
2010-2010             Drug awareness                            Teacher/Actor                                         The Play House
2009-2010             Drama Empowerment                  Director/mentor                                      St Albans Academy
2008 -2009            CAMHS                                            Role play/Director                                The Play House
2008-2008             Stepping into                                  Workshop Facilitation                            Flying Start 2008
                                Workshop Leader
2007- 2007            Our Story                                         Workshop Facilitation                            Summerfield School
2007- 2007            Story Telling                                    Workshop Facilitation                             Gallery 37    
2007-2007             The Struggle                                    Performance/Workshop                         BAYC
2007-2007             Scooby Doo                                     Workshop Facilitation                              Hippodrome Theatre
2006-2009             Mrs. Martin                                     Actor/Role play                                        Nelson Training /Optima House

2006/2008             Chocolate Factory                         Workshop facilitator                                Newman College           
2005-2006             Confidence                                     Teacher/Actor                                           Flying Start 2006
2006-2006             The Missing                                    Workshop facilitator                               Birmingham Repertory/
                                    Manuscript                                                                                                         Summer Project
2006-2006             Music History                                 Workshop facilitator                               College High School
2005-2005             Homing Instinct                             Stage Manager                                         The Other Way Work
2004-2005             Witches                                           Workshop coordinator                             Birmingham Rep/Flying start

Commissioned Work

"I was told that I wasn't a writer." 

  • Runnymede Future: Funders Conference -A poem A Message to the funders 2021

  • ​Bethel Health & Healing Network - A Poem for Volunteers week  Am I a Superhero? 2021

  • Momma’s Login  I am only a Mum Poem 2023

  • Terrance the Turtle – A Short interaction children’s show for 21 Pirates family day event 2023

  • Hairdressers- A short play for Year 10 girls at Holyhead School Presentation evening Performance 2023

  • Don’t forget the Rush  Mooville&Edgbaston Community Centre a Play for Windrush 75 Year 2023 

  •  Blast Fest Uk -Mr John Crow a short story part of Folklore day October 2023 

The Evolution of LITE
A Mother's Fear
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