Malik Howell Malik Howell GOTHAM SECURITY
Ted Sod: Where were you born, and where did you go to school?
Malik Howell: I was born in NYC in the Washington Heights area. I have a B.A. degree from SUNY Binghamton.
TS: How and when did you start working as part of the security team at Roundabout? MH: After graduating college, I was struggling to find work. In 2006, my friend who was already was working in security suggested I come in for an interview with Gotham Security, which is the firm that does security for Roundabout. Over 10 years later, I’m still here.
TS: Please describe your responsibilities working in Security at the Steinberg Center and other RTC theatres. MH: As a security guard, the safety and well-being of our actors, staff, and patrons are our number one priority. Also, security is the first and last person in the building daily. I have to make sure that the building is secure and safe enough to enter. Security is also the first person a patron sees when coming into the building. Their interaction with us could be their first and lasting impression of Roundabout.
TS: What is the most challenging part of your job? Which part is the most fun? MH: The most challenging part of my job is that it is not the same every day. Anything can and sometimes does change at any moment, and security must be ready at all times. The most fun part of my job is meeting people I never thought I would have met in a million years. This is not a reference to just meeting the famous actors who work here and who are performing for us. I like to talk and interact with all of our patrons, and I have met many fascinating people from all over the world.
TS: Why do you choose to work at Roundabout? MH: I choose to work at Roundabout because of the flexibility my job allows me to have, which I truly appreciate. Also, I really enjoy the opportunity to see the performances on stage by the actors I see going in and out of the theatre on a daily basis when they are not performing.•
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