McKenzie Chinn is an actor and writer, living and working in Chicago, Illinois. On stage, on screen, and at her desk, she works to find the most truthful expressions love, purpose, relationship, and ambition - the nuts and bolts of the human experience.
Trained as a professional actor, McKenzie holds a Master of Fine Arts from The Theatre School at DePaul where she was a Sarah Siddons Scholar, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Maryland, Baltimore County where she was a Linehan Artist Scholar. Most recently, she was named a recipient of the Leonore Annenberg Artist Fellowship which provides support for early-career artists. The fellowship will help further her professional artistic development, and provide partial funding for her feature film Olympia: An Instruction Manual for How Things Work.
In Chicago, McKenzie has performed with Steppenwolf, Goodman, and Victory Gardens Theatres. On the east coast, she as worked with DC's The Studio Theatre and Baltimore's Everyman Theatre. She has also worked with Chicago's Stage Left Theatre where she is an artistic associate, Sideshow Theatre Company, Artemesia, and Pavement Group, where she has had the opportunity to perform in world premier plays and indulge her passion for work that challenges traditional social views.
She is featured in the 2014 film Hogtown, which was screened as part of Chicago's Black Harvest Film Festival.
McKenzie is the author of the full-length solo performance Everything That Ever Was, and The 30x30 Project, a month-long endeavor in which she wrote a short essay on various themes on each of the thirty days ahead of her 30th birthday. She collaborated with Chicago illustrator Isabella Rotman on original illustrations for each essay.
She lives in Chicago's Ukranian Village with her husband Ramah and step-daughter Sol.