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March 6, 1975 |
Burbank, California, U.S.
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.
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.
|2004||Quality of Life||Lisa|
|2004||Life at Bay||Jenna||Short film|
|2006||Filter||Charlie Stokes||Short film|
|2006||Hamiltons, TheThe Hamiltons||Darlene Hamilton|
|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|
|2009||My Movie Girl||Vivian|
|2009||In Parallel||Angela||Short film|
|2010||Violent Kind, TheThe Violent Kind||Trixie|
|2012||Stitch in Time||Sunny|
|2012||Thompsons, TheThe Thompsons||Darlene Hamilton-Thompson|
|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"|
|2009||CSI: NY||Nurse||Episode: "Help"|
Awards and Accolades
Best Actress nomination at Down Beach Film Festival for her role as Helen in the film GERALD with Mickey Rooney- 09
- 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
- Mackenzie Firgens - Official site.
- Mackenzie Firgens at the Internet Movie Database
- Break - The Official Movie Web Site.
- The Violent Kind - The Official Movie Web Site.
- Revolution Summer - The Official Movie Web Site.
- The Hamiltons - The Official Movie Web Site
- RENT - The Official Movie Web Site.
- Quality of Life - The Official Movie Web Site.
- Pinpoint Focus - Her own production company Pinpoint Focus has several projects in development and will be releasing creative and original independent films in the near future.