Mackenzie Firgens

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Mackenzie Firgens
Mackenzie Firgens.jpg
Born (1975-03-06) March 6, 1975 (age 39)
Burbank, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2000–present

Mackenzie Firgens (born March 6, 1975[1]) is an American actress.

Early life[edit]

Firgens was born in Burbank, California and was raised by her father and mother. She has said that she knew she wanted to be an actor from a young age, and would put on plays for her parents and friends, often playing several roles. She enrolled in jazz dance and ballet at the age of 7. By 8 she was auditioning for commercials. Her imitation of Mae West landed her first television role on Disney's Contraption.

By junior high she had joined a touring theatre group and begun to take on serious dramatic roles that explored peer pressure and domestic violence. Her high school lacked a drama club so she started one and starred in its first production.

Continuing her pursuit of acting she moved to Chicago to study theatre at the Goodman School of Drama at DePaul University. She submerged herself in acting, voice, movement and speech, further honing those early dreams into marketable skills. Eventually she found her way back to the West Coast and performed with the Tony Award winning San Francisco Mime Troupe. Soon after she finished an undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University's Theatre Department.

Career[edit]

Firgens made her feature film debut starring as Harmony in the underground hit Groove, which was an Official Selection at the Sundance Film Festival, and released by Sony Classics Pictures. Firgens originated the role of April in the film version of the Broadway sensation Rent, directed by Chris Columbus. As April, Firgens had the opportunity to create a new character for the classic musical, and shares the screen with Adam Pascal.

Firgens also starred in Quality of Life with Lane Garrison, which won a Special Mention Award at the Berlin International Film Festival as well as the Best Youth Film at the Stockholm International Film Festival. Additional film credits include Broken Arrows with Lori Petty and The Hamiltons with Brittany Daniel.

Firgens can be seen in David Carradine last film the action movie "Break" also with Michael Madsen and Chad Everett by the award winning director Marc Clebanoff.

Other films she is in are Bollywood favorite My Name is Khan, and the upcoming sequel to The Hamiltons The Thompsons opening summer 2012.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Groove Harmony Stitts
2003 Cupids Susan Short film
2004 Quality of Life Lisa
2004 Life at Bay Jenna Short film
2005 Rent April Ericsson
2006 Sweet Insanity Christina
2006 Filter Charlie Stokes Short film
2006 Nail Polish Missy
2006 Hamiltons, TheThe Hamiltons Darlene Hamilton
2006 Carrier Suzie
2007 Broken Arrows Abby
2007 Revolution Summer Hope
2007 Pink Conspiracy, TheThe Pink Conspiracy Victoria
2007 'Call My Name Constance Summer Holiday Short film
2008 Book of Caleb, TheThe Book of Caleb Cole
2008 Village Barbershop, TheThe Village Barbershop Amy
2008 Break The Mysterious Brunette
2008 Alien Encounter Ashley
2009 My Movie Girl Vivian
2009 In Parallel Angela Short film
2010 Gerald Helen
2010 Violent Kind, TheThe Violent Kind Trixie
2012 Stitch in Time Sunny
2012 Thompsons, TheThe Thompsons Darlene Hamilton-Thompson
2012 Preston Castle Liz
2014 Unlucky Stars Samantha Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back Kiara Episode: "Dino and Troy Smith"
2008 James Gunn's PG Porn Violet Episodes: "Peanus", "A Very Peanus Christmas"
2008 Humanzee! Penny Episode: "Pilot"
2009 CSI: NY Nurse Episode: "Help"

Awards and Accolades[edit]

Best Actress nomination at Down Beach Film Festival for her role as Helen in the film GERALD with Mickey Rooney- 09

References[edit]

  1. ^ According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905–1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. Searchable at Family Tree Legends

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