Sam Asante is the actor who played the Senior Guard in the Star Trek: Discovery episode, “Vaulting Ambition.” Among his other projects are Fifteen Minutes, Fear They Neighbor, Hero, Falling Water and Pyrenees.
Hanelle M. Culpepper directed “Vaulting Ambition,” episode 12 of Star Trek: Discovery’s first season. A native of Alabama, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Economics and French from Lake Forest College in suburban Chicago. For graduate studies, she earned a Master’s degree at USC’s Annenberg School and, while at USC, worked behind the scenes on multiple student film projects in positions ranging from production assistant to producer. In addition to Discovery, Culpepper’s credits as a director include such series, features and telemovies as Deadly Sibling Rivalry, 90210, Criminal Minds, Revenge, Grimm, Castle, Mistresses, The Originals, The Flash and Gotham.
Toronto-based actress Raven Dauda played Dr. Pollard in “Vaulting Ambition,” a first-season episode of Star Trek: Discovery. On her Twitter page, Dauda describes herself as a “Spiritual alien masking as a human being who's learning how to love, act, write, design, teach and listen... in order to take over the world! Muah haa haa!” A veteran of film, television, stage and voiceover work, her credits span from Murder at 1600, Soul Food, Resident Evil: Outbreak and Nikita to Heroes Reborn, Mary Kills People, Designated Survivor, Salvation and Falling Water.
Burnham heads to the I.S.S. Charon with a special "gift" for the Emperor. With the help of an unexpected source, Stamets gains clarity while trapped inside the mycelial network. And Saru asks for L’Rell’s help.
Marie Ward is the Canadian actress who played the Junior Guard in the first-season Star Trek: Discovery episode, “Vaulting Ambition.” Ward’s many other film and television credits include Due South, Threshold, Mutant X, Honey, Suits, Lost Girl, Ransom and Zombies.
Sean Cochran is the Star Trek: Discovery staff writer who penned the teleplay for the first-season episode, “Despite Yourself.” Cochran began his career as a production assistant, assistant to the executive producer and production staff on such series as Lipstick Jungle, Mercy, Off the Map, GCB and Revenge.
Dwain Murphy is an actor-producer-director who guest starred as Captain Maddox of the Imperial Flagship in the Star Trek: Discovery episode, “The Wolf Inside.” Murphy was born on the small Caribbean island of Dominica, moving to Canada with his parents at the age of four, and studied his craft at the Humber College Acting for Film and Television. He has appeared in such shows and films as How She Move, DeGrassi: The Next Generation, Ghost Whisperer, Saving Hope, Rogue, The Masked Saint, The Strain, The Mist and Mohawk Girls.
Lisa Randolph is a co-executive producer of Star Trek: Discovery and wrote the first-season episode, “The Wolf Inside.” Randolph started her career as the assistant to producer Tom Fontana, working with him on Oz and Homicide: Life on the Street, among other shows, before rising through the Hollywood ranks as a script coordinator and story editor on such shows as Desperate Housewives, The Shield, Dollhouse and Being Human. More recently, she’s served as a writer-producer on Rush and Reign.