Mackenzie Firgens

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Mackenzie Firgens
Mackenzie Firgens.jpg
Born(1975-03-06) March 6, 1975 (age 39)
Burbank, California, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active2000–present
 
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Mackenzie Firgens
Mackenzie Firgens.jpg
Born(1975-03-06) March 6, 1975 (age 39)
Burbank, California, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active2000–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]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2000GrooveHarmony Stitts
2003CupidsSusanShort film
2004Quality of LifeLisa
2004Life at BayJennaShort film
2005RentApril Ericsson
2006Sweet InsanityChristina
2006FilterCharlie StokesShort film
2006Nail PolishMissy
2006Hamiltons, TheThe HamiltonsDarlene Hamilton
2006CarrierSuzie
2007Broken ArrowsAbby
2007Revolution SummerHope
2007Pink Conspiracy, TheThe Pink ConspiracyVictoria
2007'Call My NameConstance Summer HolidayShort film
2008Book of Caleb, TheThe Book of CalebCole
2008Village Barbershop, TheThe Village BarbershopAmy
2008BreakThe Mysterious Brunette
2008Alien EncounterAshley
2009My Movie GirlVivian
2009In ParallelAngelaShort film
2010GeraldHelen
2010Violent Kind, TheThe Violent KindTrixie
2012Stitch in TimeSunny
2012Thompsons, TheThe ThompsonsDarlene Hamilton-Thompson
2012Preston CastleLiz
2014Unlucky StarsSamanthaPost-production

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2003America's Most Wanted: America Fights BackKiaraEpisode: "Dino and Troy Smith"
2008James Gunn's PG PornVioletEpisodes: "Peanus", "A Very Peanus Christmas"
2008Humanzee!PennyEpisode: "Pilot"
2009CSI: NYNurseEpisode: "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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