who is this guy?
Malakaï is a freelance writer, producer, theatre director and facilitator working to stretch the limits of performing arts, enabling the socially and politically disenfranchised to make a mark within the sector and beyond.
Both as an artist and a producer, Malakaï has worked a range of organisations such as LIFT, Hoxton Hall, Hackney Showroom, SOAS, Coney, Nouveau Riché and Soho Theatre to create meaningful theatrical and participatory experiences. He is independently producing Likkle Rum With Grandma, a live literature and digital archive project created by poet Jeremiah ‘SugarJ’ Brown, and mentors a cohort of Young Producers with Emergency Exit Arts' and Bernie Grant Trust's archive project, Marginalised No More.
As a writer, Malakaï has been commissioned by the likes of Nationwide, Apples & Snakes, the RSC and Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has performed his poetry at events and festivals across the country. Other work has been published online and in print by FWRD Magazine (2017), Barbican Centre (2017), and in Rife Magazine's first book, 21 Stories From Britain's Youth (Unbound, 2019) – of which excepts of his essay were selected to be reprinted by VICE and the Independent. He is an alumnus of the Barbican Young Poets and publishes his thoughts sporadically on his Medium page.
Malakaï’s writing and creative producing has led him to feature on numerous panels and deliver talks for the likes of the Barbican, Creative Access, HOME, the V&A and the British Council. He has acted as a consultant in improving workplace inclusion for institutions as large as the Royal Albert Hall, and currently facilities anti-oppression training for corporate executives with Fearless Futures.
He has facilitated and directed rehearsed readings, scratch nights, community productions and ensemble shows for organisations including Spotlight, Hackney Empire, Haringey Shed, Immediate Theatre, Arts Bridge Charity, Hackney Shed and with The S+K Project.
Malakaï co-founded and was Artistic Director of producing theatre company The S+K Project between 2014-2019 – a company built on the ambition to make the arts for everyone by nurturing young people, developing artists and producing work that sits outside of the “Black theatre” canon. He was a 2018 Associate Artist with Talawa Theatre Company and is a core member of creative collective (In)Space, where he is currently writing a surrealist audio drama about social cleansing to be released under their Hearts of Darkness season in 2020.
Malakaï is currently Artist-in-Residence at Theatre Peckham, working alongside the Artistic Director on fundraising, programming work and setting up a new artist and community hub space due to launch late 2019. Meanwhile as Tamasha’s first Digital Producer, he is curating their inaugural Digital Season – a festival of innovative new work by Black, brown and BEA artists including immersive storytelling adventures, Series 2 of tea-spilling review show Tell Dem, and touring experimental audio listening parties – to debut throughout Autumn 2019. Malakaï serves as a board Trustee for Hackney Showroom and LIFT, and is chair of LIFT’s Tottenham Board.