Malik B. El-Amin Artistic Director & Co-Founder

After arriving in Los Angeles (from New York) to further his acting career, Malik B. El-Amin began going deaf – progressing from hearing aids, to a cochlear implant surgery in 2010. This journey from hearing to deafness, and back to hearing again fundamentally changed his world view as it relates to opportunity and accessibility for underrepresented groups. Combined with his passion for theatre, this new perspective led to the formation of Griot Theatre.

Initially an actor, Malik has appeared in commercials and television and numerous plays at regional theatres including Indiana Repertory Theatre, Penumbra Theatre, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Commonwealth Shakespeare Festival, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, and Organic Theatre Company, among others. Directing credits include the short films, THE WEEK and SOCIALIST POKER. the play A WOMAN CALLED TRUTH, and Griot Theatre's JULIUS CAESAR and VOICES.

Malik holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and an MFA in Theatre Arts from Brandeis University. He is also a certified actor/combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors and a member of Actors Equity Association (AEA) and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA). When not conspiring to commit theatre, Malik volunteers with the Los Angeles chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America, is a regular blood donor with American Red Cross, and works as Senior Manager at Farmers Insurance, where he holds the designation of Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute. Mr. El-Amin is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Regan Linton Operations Director

Regan Linton is a native of Denver, Colorado, and is, first and foremost, an actor, performer, and theatre artist, now based in Los Angeles.  She is a recent alum of the MFA Acting program at UC San Diego (the first wheelchair user to graduate from the program).  Before starting at UCSD, she performed and worked for 6 years with PHAMALY (a Denver-based nonprofit theatre company for actors with disabilities).  She enjoys the challenge of diverse and eclectic acting roles, from Shakespeare to Albee, Brecht to Disney.  She has also enjoyed dipping her wheels in film and TV in LA.  When she’s not acting, Regan enjoys wearing numerous life hats, which at different points in the past few years have included singer, writer, teacher, athlete, yoga instructor, social worker, and traveler.  She has taught public speaking and acting, and done conference presentations and workshops on topics such as voice and disability awareness.  Regan uses a manual wheelchair due to a spinal cord injury from a car accident in college, and is passionate about the creative possibilities that result from incorporating actors with non-mainstream attributes into theatre.  She holds a BA in American Studies and Ethnicity from the University of Southern California (USC), and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Denver. –

Ismail Mitchell Strategic Initiatives Manager
Ismail Mitchell is a Clinical Molecular Scientist.  He received his M.S. in Bioinformatics from University of Illinois Chicago and a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  He grew up on the South Side of Chicago and has attended several plays at the Navy Pier Chicago Shakespeare Theater.  He recently moved to sunny Los Angeles, where he enjoys hiking and golfing.  Some of his hobbies include music production, videogames, golf, surfing, healthy eating and hydroponics.  Ismail’s music aspirations lead him to produce for artists such as C-Rayz Walz from the Wu-Tang, MPAC, J-Seriyus from Chicago, and IbrahimDaTruth.  Ismail is excited to be working with Griot Theatre and hopes to contribute to its future success.  He can be contacted at