Malkia Stampley-Johnson is a tv, film and stage actor, voiceover artist and stage director from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She comes from a large musical family, the daughter of a pastor and educator. Malkia received her formal training at Marquette University, Skylight Music Theatre and Milwaukee Repertory Theater. She is a founding ensemble member of Milwaukee's Bronzeville Arts Ensemble and Artistic Associate with Chicago's Congo Square Theatre.
After spending the majority of her career in theater, she joined Gray Talent to expand her career, booking tv roles on Empire, Chicago PD, Shameless and a recurring role on Showtime's The Chi. She recently made her feature film debut in HBO/A24's Native Son and soon after Netflix's Beats and independent films Killing Eleanor and Small Town Wisconsin. Malkia has an extensive voiceover background (radio/tv, commercial, industrial, announcer, etc.) and currently plays multiple principal characters on the animated series Senior Living which can be found on YouTube.
Favorite theater productions include: Two Trains Running (co-production: Milwaukee Rep and Cincinnati Playhouse); The Color Purple, Dreamgirls, A Christmas Carol (Milwaukee Rep); Doubt (Milwaukee Chamber Theatre); The Taming of the Shrew (Manhattan Shakespeare Project); Crowns (Skylight Music Theatre); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Theatre LILA and Children's Theatre of Madison collaboration, Optimist Theatre); Good People (Forward Theater); Holes and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (First Stage); Dreamgirls (St. Louis Black Repertory Theater); Black Nativity and The Talented Tenth (Congo Square Theatre); Raisin (Court Theatre). She received the Woodie King Jr. Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Lorrell in Dreamgirls in St. Louis and has been nominated for Black Theater Alliance and Black Excellence Awards.
She has toured Japan and Taiwan twice, performing music from The Lion King and other Disney classics with other American singers.