Malina is a skilled stagehand now serving Atlanta!
Malina holds a BA in Technical Theatre & Design from Cal Poly Pomona ('99), where she focused on prop design and fabrication. By 2001, Malina was in Portland, Oregon, where she refined her skills as a carpenter and stage electrician, and stumbled upon a unique interest in theatre safety and a profound passion for contemporary performance art.
As Scene Shop Foreman for Portland Community College ('01-'06), Malina developed a knack for empowering students and motivating them to sustain a safe work environment. And as Assistant Technical Director, she trained student crews to work with a variety of clients who rented the PCC Performing Arts Center.
One of those clients was Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA), who was on the brink of introducing an international performance art festival. Malina was recruited as a venue technical director for the first 2 years of the now acclaimed Time-Based Art Festival (’03-’04). As Malina’s enthusiasm for contemporary art grew, so did her responsibilities. As the TBA Festival Technical Director (’05-’07), Malina distinguished her management skills and nurtured a strong network of community resources. While producing performances in a variety of venues, Malina specialized in warehouse and site-specific productions, with particular attention paid to local Fire Dept. and ADA regulations.
Encouraged by the dynamic artists she worked with at the TBA Festival, Malina went on to work with Portland choreographers and performance artists as a freelance Lighting Designer and Technical Director. Some of her most successful collaborations now have tour dates at On the Boards in Seattle, Joyce SOHO in NYC, and the Fusebox Festival in Austin.
Last year, Malina was lured back to educational theatre, when she was hired by the University of La Verne as their Shop Supervisor and Safety Specialist. In 9 months, Malina developed and implemented and extensive safety training program for the Theatre Department. While in California, Malina also had the great honor of returning to work for a couple of employers from her college days-now with a broader skill set, but with the same love for theatre and dance.
Malina landed in the south in November, and is happy to call Atlanta home. She is looking forward to building a network here, and hopes to work with you soon!