Malachi Rivers started acting and music at the Suitland High School for the Visual and Performing Arts in Maryland but these days he's an award winning budding actor.
Born in Maryland, Malachi Rivers was just a child when he launched his acting career. He appeared in several school plays and performed at many concerts including the Kennedy Center in productions such as Porgy and Bess. After many years of honing his craft, Rivers resurfaced as a spoken-word poet in 2007 on the critically acclaimed Blue Note Jazz recording artist Marcus Strickland album Open Reel Deck in which the Denver Post likened him to Gil Scott Heron "Malachi reminds you of Gil Scott Heron". Rivers, traveled Europe and the states with the band and performed at some of the world's top Jazz festivals and venues including the Blue Note Jazz Cafe in New York City. Also, in 2007 Rivers, made his Off-Broadway debut as "Johnny Nance" the hot-tempered Jamaican play boy in Scrolls: The Book of Life which later became an independent film starring Rivers. The film was featured and won rave reviews at the New York Film Festival in 2011.
In 2012 Rivers released his debut EP Stereo Sound Escape which featured his close friend and deceased True Blood star Nelsan Ellis reciting spoken word that Rivers wrote for him on a song entitled "New World". Ellis stated in the Chicago Tribune that "Malachi is a good friend of mine." "It all has this great 80's vibe, a real kickback. It was fun."
In 2015 Rivers released his second EP The Other I which he explains is "allowing the actor in me to play in hip-hop. Each song I become a different character but they are all of who make who I am." The EP and live performances gained the attention of NAACP Theatre Award winning director and choreographer Peachanda DuBose who cast Rivers in her new musical Ferguson: The Musical in 2016.
Rivers, was cast as "Chad Bossman" in the critically acclaimed play that was a spinoff of the 1957 classic Twelve Angry Men. The play featured a majority all black cast and highlighted the tragic events that took the life of young black teenager. Ferguson: The Musical was nominated for three 2018 NAACP Theatre Awards and took home the gold for best choreography in a play.
Rivers, was awarded a Mayan Industry Award and a Peach Theatre Award for best performance in a musical for his role as "Chad Boss" in the play Ferguson: The Musical.
During the time of the play Rivers was also filming two popular web series Rhonda Mitchell M.D. in the role of "Brian Donovan" a physician assistant who thinks he is a playboy and LIPS (Love Inside Prevails) in the role of "William Green" a father who had to fake his death in order to protect his family.
Both series garnered Rivers accolades. Rhonda Mitchell M.D. is the 2018 recipient of the Peach Theatre Award for best web series and Rivers is nominated for best supporting actor in a dramatic series for LIPS at the 2018 Urban Web series Awards.
Most recently, Rivers has been cast in a non-disclosed project as the male lead by producer/writer Carlton Jordan. As well as, hitting the stage again with NAACP Theatre winner Peachanda DuBose in her new stage play Loving Him in the role of "Dr Rome".
Malachi Rivers is a Los Angeles based actor and is signed to The Bohemia Group.
Malachi Rivers Nominated for Best Supporting Actor at The Urban Webseries Awards
Malachi Rivers Nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama for his role as "William Green" in LIPS (Love Inside Prevails) at The Urban Webseries Awards.
Malachi Rivers Cast in NAACP Theatre Award Winner's Peachanda DuBose New Play 'Loving Him'
Malachi teams up with NAACP Theatre Award Winner's Peachanda DuBose again in her new play Loving Him . Rivers, will take the role of "Dr. Rome" in the new production.
Malachi Rivers has Signed on to an Undisclosed Project with 'Ghetto Plainsman' Writer and Producer Carlton Jordan
Malachi Rivers has Signed on to an Undisclosed Project with 'Ghetto Plainsman' Writer and Producer Carlton Jordan. Rivers, has signed on to be the leading male actor as well as, a producer on the project.
'Ferguson: The Musical' Wins 2018 NAACP Theatre Award for Best Choreography
Ferguson: The Musical starring Malachi Rivers as Chad Bossman" wins the 2018 NAACP Award for Best Chroeography in a play.
Malachi Rivers Wins 2017 Peach Theatre Award
The Annual Peach Theatre Awards which took place in Jamaica awarded Malachi Rivers for Best Performance in a Musical for his role as "Chad Bossman" in Ferguson: The Musical .
Malachi Rivers Wins 2017 Mayan Industry Award
Malachi Rivers wins the 2017 Mayan Industry Award for best performance in a musical for his role as "Chad Bossman" in Ferguson: The Musical.