Malika Omolola Oyetimein
I'm so happy you stopped by to look at my lil corner of the internet! My name is Malika Oyetimein and I am a artist and storyteller. I recently suffered a brain injury that left me disabled. While I am in recovery and navigating my new life, I am so grateful I had a passion and skill I could lean into!
Knitting/ Sewing / Designing is not only therapeutic but a great tool in exercising my brain and using my motor skills.
I am a director and playwright by ' trade' and a passionate knitter / new sewist who has turned it into her own small business! Ive been knitting for 10 years and actually began when my mother was battling cancer (shes is alive and well ).
Knitting gave me a way to be there by her side in the hospital & during her treatments. Knitting allows me to be present AND in a meditative state at the same time... does that make sense? =)
Directing wise :
I received my MFA from The University of Washington's School of Drama. I a member of the Directors Lab at Lincoln Center Theater. I was featured in Seattle’s City Art Magazine 2016 Future List, Cross Cut 2017 and my productions of Bootycandy (2016 ) and Hoodoo Love (2017) were nominated for Gregory Awards: Best Production. I had the honor of co-adapting and directing Dr. Maya Angelou's I Know why the Caged Bird Sings (Book-It Repertory Theatre) which garnered a Gregory Award nomination for Best Director. Select directing credits: How I Learned What I Learned ( Arden Theatre Co.) The workshop production of The First Deep Breath ( National Black Theatre), The Bitter Game (Wallis Annenberg), Eclipsed (Southern Repertory Theatre), the world premiere of WHITE (Theatre Horizon) Barbecue, Bootycandy (Intiman Theatre Festival), And In This Corner: Cassius Clay (Seattle Children’s Theatre).
Writing wise :
"(S)LAUGHTER: A PLAY ON PAIN: When a pregnant community activist is thrown in prison for “standing her ground” she goes into labor and is forced to give birth in solitary confinement, shackled to a bed. Alone and afraid, she cries out and her epigenetic memory answers the call, bringing help she never envisioned. (S)LAUGHTER: A PLAY ON PAIN written by Malika Oyetimein is a poetic and painful look at the intersections of the racial injustices of the American healthcare system and prison system. This work will be produced in conjunction with Oyetimein and Brennie Tellu’s company unBossed Productions. "