Malika was born and raised in Southern California and has been involved in the arts for most of her life. At the age of 14 she entered the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, where her formal theatre training began. Memorable parts include “Peggy the Hobo” from the musical Annie ( a role she originated) and “Margaret” in the Amen Corner by James Baldwin.
As a freshman at Stanford University Malika tried to expand her horizons by exploring extra curricular activities not related to the arts. On a whim she signed up for a fencing class and was recruited on to the varsity women’s team. After two months of grueling 7am conditioning sessions, Malika realized that competitive sports were not for her. Her teammates and coaches picked up on this too. Especially because she kept calling practice “rehearsal.” So, it was back to the theatre. Malika frequented the stage in drama department and Stanford Shakespeare Society productions. Stanford is also where Malika developed a passion for community based arts. As a fellow in the Institute for Diversity in the Arts she had the privilege of working closely with professional artists from around the country who use their art to engage people from all walks of life. A seminar with San Francisco based actress Rhodessa Jones opened Malika up to the power of story-telling to bring people together.
After college Malika moved to South Los Angeles where she co-founded a theatre company called Streetlamp Studio with a few like minded artists. As a core member of the company Malika developed a knack for writing–initially out of necessity, and then just for fun. She contributed by writing several sketches in Table Setting and co-writing Spare Change. Both productions were produced in North Hollywood at the Actors Workout Studio.
Attending the Masters in Acting program at the USC School of Dramatic Arts was a rigorous and transformative experience for Malika. Since graduating in 2011 she has resided in the LA area and enjoyed working in television, film and theatre. In May 2013 she will originate the role of Fabienne in the world premiere of Forget My Name at Son of Semele Theater.