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.