Chuma Gault will direct festival Tribute

Associate Festival Producer Chuma Gault will direct the William Inge Theater Festival Tribute to Octavio Solis. Chuma has been involved with the Inge Center as a guest artist/director for festival tributes to Carlyle Brown, Beth Henley, and Arthur Kopit. For the 35th Inge Festival, he starred in the 50th anniversary production of "Where's Daddy?" by William Inge. 

Inge Center producing director Hannah Joyce-Hoven says, "Chuma is a deeply intuitive and multi-talented theater artist. I have worked with him on a number of projects and every time I appreciate his perspective and thoughtful approach. He loves Independence - its residents and its landscape. I am so happy to bring him back as a creative partner to celebrate Octavio and his work."

Chuma is a Los Angeles based theater artist. He first came to Independence in 2011 as an actor in the original cast to develop EM Lewis' new play "Magellanica", a five-hour epic which had its world premiere last season at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, OR.

Acting awards: Los Angeles Stage Raw Awards for "The Gun Show" by EM Lewis (Moving Arts) outstanding solo performance nomination (2015); LA WEEKLY Awards (Best Male Performance) nominee for "Freedom Summer" by Stephen Sachs (Fountain Theater), (Best Male Performance) "Tree" by Julie Hébert (Ensemble Studio Theatre - Los Angeles) which also garnered a LA Drama Critics Circle nomination for Best Male Performance.  Directing credits include: scenes from "Abundance" by Beth Henley for the 2017 Inge festival, 2018 Kilroy's List play "Hang Man" (workshop) by Stacy Osei-Kuffour, "Party Girls" by Tira Palmquist (Moving Arts' The Car Plays/Segerstrom Center for the Arts), "Phenom" by Charlayne Woodard (The Car Plays/La Jolla Playhouse), "The Guard Will Escort You to Ruff-Ruff" by Carole Real (Ensemble Studio Theatre - Los Angeles) Film credits: Chuma plays Nina Simone's husband Andrew in the Cynthia Mort-directed biopic "Nina". TV: Chuma recently starred in the drama "Game of Silence" (NBC)

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