Chuma Gault (he/him) is a Los Angeles based theater artist. In 2011 he came to Independence for the first time as part of the original cast to develop EM Lewis’ new play Magellanica, a five-hour epic. Chuma was the associate producer and tribute director for the Inge Fest honoring Octavio Solis (2019) and has been involved as a performer or director for the Carlyle Brown, Beth Henley, and Arthur Kopit Festivals. For the 35th annual Inge festival, he starred in the 50th anniversary production of Where’s Daddy? by William Inge. As a director Chuma most recently directed Gem of the Ocean by August Wilson at the University of Georgia, which opened April 2022. Other directing credits include: 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) Acting awards: played Caesar Wilks in Gem of the Ocean by August Wilson which won Best Production 2019 Ovation Awards (A Noise Within); 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); LA WEEKLY and LA Drama Critics Circle Award Best Male Performance nominee for Tree by Julie Hébert (Ensemble Studio Theatre – LA) Film credits: Chuma plays Nina Simone’s husband Andrew in the Cynthia Mort-directed biopic Nina. TV: The Rookie (ABC); Game of Silence (NBC); Girlfriends (Netflix).