AN ARTIST'S DUTY, AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED, IS TO REFLECT THE TIMES
- Nina Simone
McKenzie performs as an actor on both stage and screen in Chicago and regionally. She has worked with Steppenwolf Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, A Red Orchid Theatre, and The Second City in Chicago, as well as Woolly Mammoth and The Studio Theatre in her native Washington, DC. A member of SAG-AFTRA, she also works in film and television, appearing in independent film and in a guest star role on NBC's Chicago Med. She is the writer, producer, and lead actor of the independent film Olympia, currently in post-production. She earned her MFA in acting from The Theatre School at DePaul and is represented by Actors Talent Group.
McKenzie is also an accomplished writer and poet. Her poetry has been published in PANK, Crab Fat Magazine, The Fem, Juked, Sundog Lit, and elsewhere, and have been nominated for Pushcart, Best New Poets, and Best of the Net awards.
She is 1/3 of the poetry collective Growing Concerns, with fellow poet and hiphop artist Mykele Deville and musician Jeff Austin. The group released its inaugural album WE HERE: Thank You for Noticing with two sold-out performances at Steppenwolf's 1700 Theatre in 2017, and published its first book FIVE FIFTHS in 2018 through Candor Arts. She performs with the collective and solo throughout Chicago.
McKenzie believes in the power of art and performance to not only shape a better world, but to transform the lives of young people. She has taught acting to high school age students at Goodman Theatre, as well as poetry workshops with She Crew, 826CHI, and New Trier High School. She coaches the Goodman Theatre Poetry Team. She is available to lead acting, voice, and poetry workshops for groups, as well as individual artist coaching.
what if tomorrow | Juked
the time of your life & renaissance blk | Crab Fat Magazine
relaxer: | PANK
h o l y / w a r | Sundog Lit
poem for my niggas | on Peace, Fam by Mykele Deville
searchlight :: invocation | Rogue Agent Journal
african, american |Voicemail Poems