Ditector & Actor
Milwaukee, Wisconsin native, Malkia Stampley is an actor, director, arts facilitator and consultant and emerging producer. Storytelling and collaboration or building community are at the core of Malkia's work. She received her formal theater training in acting at Marquette University, Skylight Music Theatre and Milwaukee Repertory Theater.
On screen, Malkia has appeared on hit TV shows Empire, Chicago PD, Chicago Med, The Chi, Shameless, Work in Progress. Feature films include HBO's "Native Son," Netflix's "Beats" and independent films "Killing Eleanor" and "Small Town Wisconsin." Malkia also has an extensive voiceover career and currently plays multiple principal characters on the animated series "Senior Living."
Malkia began directing stage productions in 2016 after being asked to re-conceptualize Milwaukee's annual BLACK NATIVITY production and for three very successful years, she built a strong team, an unforgettable annual experience that will continue for years to come for the Milwaukee community. Malkia will be directing Christina Ham's NINA SIMONE: FOUR WOMEN Spring 2021 at Milwaukee Repertory Theater. She most recently directed Zoom productions of STEW by Zora Howard for the Milwaukee Black Theater Festival and THE MOUNTAINTOP by Katori Hall for American Players Theater and PBS. Previous directing credits include NUNSENSE by Dan Goggin at Milwaukee Repertory Theater; FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE by Clark Peters at Skylight Music Theatre; the world premier of ANTARTICA, WI by Finegan Kruckemeyer at First Stage (production and workshops); "Project: Black Lives" adapted by Malkia Stampley at Milwaukee Fringe Festival.
As a stage actor, favorite theater performances include: TWO TRAINS RUNNING (Cincinnati Playhouse and Milwaukee Rep); FLYING WEST (Bronzeville Arts Ensemble); DOUBT (Milwaukee Chamber); KING LEAR, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (Optimist); THE COLOR PURPLE, DREAMGIRLS, A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Milwaukee Rep); CROWNS (Skylight Music Theatre); LEARNING TO STAY, GOOD PEOPLE (Forward Theater); CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, HOLES, A MIDNIGHT CRY (First Stage); DREAMGIRLS (St. Louis Black Repertory Theater); BLACK NATIVITY (two years at Congo Square Theatre); RAISIN (Court Theatre) among many others. She received a Woodie King Jr. Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Lorrell in Dreamgirls in St. Louis and a Black Excellence Award nomination for Mary in Black Nativity. In 2017, Malkia and four other women of color were commissioned to write a play for Theatre LILA titled LINES, a curated collaboration of pieces that celebrate Women of Color. Malkia has also toured Japan and Taiwan, performing music from The Lion King and other Disney classics with an ensemble of American singers and has been a teaching artist for 15 years. Malkia co-founded Bronzeville Arts Ensemble in 2013 where she served as Producing Artistic Director for two years. She was honored as an inductee of Whitefish Bay High School's Hall of Fame for her work as an actress, featured by Marquette University as a distinguished Alum and is a recipient of the 2018 Sisters in Creativity Award.
Malkia is a certified Yoga Teacher and received her training after spending time in Rishikesh, India.
Malkia resides in New York City with her husband, actor Chike Johnson, and their three children.