The Chakula cha Jua Theater Company is New Orleans second oldest Black community theater company (after Ethiopian Theater). The company was formed in 1985 to provide an outlet for local actors, playwrights and directors in the Black Arts community. Its goals are to present the works of African American playwrights as they reflect the experiences of Black people in America and throughout the world. Chakula Cha Jua, the company's founder and Artistic Director has been an active participant in the Black Arts Movement for more than thirty years. Under his direction the company has presented a variety of new and exciting works for both adults and children. The company has performed for public libraries, community centers, churches, lounges, prisons and in more than one hundred schools in New Orleans and throughout the Southern Region. The Chakula Cha Jua Theater Company was a regular fixture in The Alliance for Community Theaters' Annual New Orleans Black Theater Festival. Mr. Cha Jua was recipient of the Alliance's "Best Director” award in 1990 while the company was bestowed the award for "Best Production" in 1993. In 1991, Chakula Cha Jua Theater Company was one of the few theater groups from the South represented at the National Black Theater Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The Chakula cha jua’s Theater Company’s new web site is currently under development. Send all inquries to Chakula@juno.com.