Meet the Artist: Malkia Stampley
What brought you to acting?
My mom loved watching old TV musicals and I grew up watching my older brother in musicals. I also sang a lot in choirs and small groups around town, so the desire to perform came naturally. Acting in high school was my way of doing something different from the music performing I knew.
What did 10-year-old Malkia think she'd be when she grew up?
I remember not knowing what I wanted when I was ten and was so frustrated that I couldn't figure it out. I guess I should have gotten a clue from all the pretend soap opera scenes I played out by myself in my room!
What is the greatest challenge that you anticipate in playing Titania and Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night's Dream?
For each of them, connecting the dots throughout their journey, and finding the playfulness when both of them can be so serious.
What do you hope that Shakespeare in the Park fans will take away from A Midsummer Night's Dream?
That Shakespeare can be enjoyed by all ages! And, hopefully, those new to Shakespeare will enjoy the show and understand the storyline.
Who should play you in the feature film of your life?
Zoe Saldana or a younger Sanaa Lathan.
What Shakespeare character do you most resemble?
What's your superpower?
Keeping a mental calendar...for everyone in my family!
Tragedy, comedy or history?
Truth or dare?
Splitting a pint of Luna and Larry's Salted Caramel Coconut Ice Cream with my husband while watching episodes of "A Different World!"
More about Malkia:
Malkia is making her Milwaukee Shakespeare in the Park debut this year. She is native of Milwaukee and former Milwaukee Rep intern (2005/2006). She is a founding ensemble member of Milwaukee’s Bronzeville Arts Ensemble. Favorite stage productions include: A Midnight Cry (First Stage); Burying The Bones (In Tandem Theatre); Good People (Forward Theater); Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (First Stage); Dreamgirls (St. Louis Black Repertory Theater); two years of performing in Black Nativity (Congo Square Theater); Raisin (Court Theater) among many others.
She has also toured Japan, playing Nala in the concert version of The Lion King and received the Woodie King Jr. Award, Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, for Lorrell in Dreamgirls. She is currently the face of the YMCA Metropolitan Milwaukee and enjoys making theater magic happen in her hometown, especially with her brother, Nathaniel; she dedicates her work to Chike and their three superstars.
Catch Malkia in her next roles: at The Milwaukee Rep in Dreamgirls in September and A Christmas Carol in December, at First Stage in Holes and in Crowns at Skylight Music Theatre next winter. She will also be assistant directing The Mojo and the Sayso, a collaboration with Bronzeville Arts Ensemble and Madison's Theatre LILA.
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