Jah Shams (means “Beginning Sun” – in Arabic). Born and raised in Los Angeles, this multi-talented artist has performed in hit stage play’s like Sassy Mamas (15’ NAACP Theatre Awards – Best Ensemble, 15’ National Black Theatre Festival), One Night in Miami (14’ Ovation, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, LA Weekly, NAACP – Best Ensemble Award), played his idol Paul Robeson in The Magnificent Dunbar Hotel (15’ National Black Theatre Festival), The Emperor’s Last Performance (11′ NAACP Theatre Awards). Starred in ID Channel’s Dead Silent, BET docu-crime series American Gangster, USA series Colony, NBC’s Criminal Minds, and Comedy Central’s Key & Peele.
This “Gentlemen’s Actor” illustrates charm, confidence, and a sense of humor in films like Boy Bye (Netflix), Dead Cruelty, Into The Dark (Amazon), As Evil Does (Tubi), and Oakland in Blue (Won for Best Actor at the17’ San Francisco Film Festival, and 16’ First Run Film Festival).
Jah Shams has also developed a flair for writing and producing, selected as a finalist in the 2017 Newark International Film Festivals Screenplay Competition. Under his company B. Sun Productions, he starred in, executive produced, and co-wrote the feature film “Anger has a Secret,” which won the 7th Annual Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival’s top award, Best Feature Film in 2009.
Jah has trained with Dan Ireland, Phillip Hernandez, Erin Elizabeth Burns, Michelle Adams, Heidi Dean, Jeremy Gordon, Francine Maisler, Russell Boast, Erica Silverman and Ben Guillory.