Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine

Adjunct Lecturer


Adjunct Lecturer
MFA, New York University
The Moscow Arts Theatre
The Royal National Theatre
The University of Virginia

The Los Angeles Times listed Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine as one of the biggest breakout stars of Sundance 2020, and he was awarded (the coveted) Best Actor at the 2020 Durban International Film Festival for his lead performance in Ekwa Msangi’s award-winning film Farewell Amor. Mwine was also singled out in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter reviews of the film, with the latter stating that “Mwine stuns with his elegant pauses and piercing stares that seem to jump through the screen.” Furthermore, the film was named Top Ten Indpendendent Films by the National Board of Review.

Mwine also stars in Solomon Onita Jr.’s film Tazmanian Devil, which premiered at ABFF 2020. Previous film acting credits include Mira Nair’s Queen of Katwe, opposite Lupita Nyong’o and Blood Diamond opposite Leonardo DiCaprio from director Ed Zwick.

Mwine’s work as a feature-length and short film director has resulted in multiple awards. His short film Kuhani, won the main prize for Best Achievement in Directing at the Oscar-qualifying International Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Switzerland and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film at Slamdance. Mwine is set to direct an upcoming documentary on Ugandan studio photographer Kibaate Aloysius Ssalongo, which Steven Soderbergh is Executive Producing.

Mwine will next be seen as Detective Raymond Griggs in the upcoming David E. Kelley/Ted Humphrey Netflix series (from A+E Studios) entitled The Lincoln Lawyer, based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling novels. Mwine’s extensive television credits include his critically acclaimed portrayal of Ronnie, the complex anti-hero in Lena Waithe’s Showtime series The Chi. Variety, The Boston Globe, Roger Ebert and The New York Times all singled out Mwine in their reviews with NY Times stating that “Mr. Mwine is especially remarkable as the precariously balanced Ronnie.” Mwine played the lead role in the series finale of HBO’s Room 104 and previously portrayed recurring roles in Steven Soderbergh’s Cinemax series The Knick, David Simon and Eric Overmyer’s HBO series Treme, Eric Overmyer’s Amazon series Bosch, and Tim Kring’s NBC series Heroes.

Mwine’s first effort as a playwright, Biro, a multi-media solo performance piece, held its World Premiere at Uganda’s National Theatre and subsequently premiered in London and in New York at The Joseph Papp Public Theatre, where it made the New York Times Critic’s Pick List.

Mwine received his MFA in Acting from New York University and completed studies at The Moscow Arts Theatre in Russia, The Royal National Theatre in London and The University of Virginia. He has taught at Yale University and has taught theatre and film artists in more than a dozen countries in Africa.

Born in Hanover, New Hampshire and a dual citizen of Uganda and America, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine has consistently worked across the mediums of photography, theatre, film and television.