Chuma Gault is a Los Angeles based theater artist. In 2011 he came to Independence as part of 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. Chuma has been involved as a director/guest artist for the Carlyle Brown, Beth Henley, Arthur Kopit, and William Inge tribute festivals. For the 35th annual festival, he starred in the 50th anniversary production of Where’s Daddy? by William Inge. In 2018, Chuma was the assistant director of BLISS: or Emily Post is Dead by Jami Brandli (Moving Arts). Acting awards: Los Angeles Stage Raw Awards (outstanding solo performance) nominee for The Gun Show by EM Lewis (Moving Arts); LA WEEKLY Awards (Best Male Performance) nominee for Freedom Summer by Stephen Sachs (Fountain Theater), (Best Male Performance) for 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 Pure Confidence, The African Company Presents…, Dartmoor Prison by Carlyle Brown for 2018 Inge Fest; 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) and was last seen piloting the Millennium Jalapeno through the Salsa-Run in less than seven parsecs.