malakaï is an artist, educator and producer from pre-gentrified Hackney, London.They work actively as a poet, theatre director, dramaturg, cultural programmer, creative producer, facilitator and consultant. Led by curiosity and care, malakaï creates and interrogates through an unapologetically Afroqueer lens.
malakaï co-founded and was Artistic Director of The S+K Project, a producing theatre company specialising in nurturing the talent of emerging Black & Asian artists, between 2014-19. Aged 21, malakaï was appointed Associate Director at Theatre Peckham, responsible for the venue’s artistic programming, talent development and overseeing participatory community projects.
Most recently, malakaï has led projects with the Royal Court, Apples & Snakes, South London Gallery, UAL, Mountview and Guildhall. Parallel to their work in the arts, malakaï devises and delivers bespoke anti-racist training and consultancy, predominantly for clients in the cultural and charity sectors – which have included the Albany, Young Vic and Trinity Laban Conservatoire.
A Barbican Young Poets alumnus, malakaï is currently co-director of literary arts organisation BORN::FREE, and remains passionate about expanding the forms and reach of experimental Afro-diasporic writing. They are undertaking an MA in Black British Literature at Goldsmiths University of London.