Dean's Welcome

You are welcome to the School of Performing Arts, one of the schools under the College of Humanities, University of Ghana. My name is Prof. Kofi Agyekum, the Acting Dean of the School of Performing Arts. The School comprses five units, namely the Department of Theatre Arts, the Department of Dance Studies and the Department of Music. The two other units are the Abibigoromma Group and the Efua Sutherland Drama Studio. The School offers courses of study both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. They are, respectively, BA/BFA (Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Fine Arts), MA/MFA (Master of Arts/Master of Fine Arts). The School also runs Ph.D. courses.

SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION AND HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS (HoD)

Ag. Dean: Prof. Kofi Agyekum

Asst. Registrar: Mrs. Araba Nketseaba Nunoo

Studio Manager: Rev. Dr. Aaron Annan Yeboah

Artistic Director, Abibigoromma: Dr. Hilarius Wuaku

HoD, Dance Studies Dept.: Dr. Sylvanus Kwashie Kuwor

HoD, Theatre Arts Dept: Dr. Ekua Ekumah

HoD, Music Dept.: Dr. Joshua Amuah

Senior Acc. Asst.: Mrs. Regina Olivia Abra Agyeman

Senior Administrative Asst: Mrs. Rachel Mantey

The School of Performing Arts (SPA), through its three academic departments, offers both local and international students interesting theoretical and practical courses in the Performing Arts. Our lecturers engage in various research and creative art projects. All three departments, as well as the Abibigoromma Group, hold major productions involving both staff and students. The Abibigoromma group has excellent productions and the artistes also engage in outreach programmes to second cycle schools.

In Ghana, the School of Performing Arts is linked to the wider community and establishments and thereby provides professional services to many agencies. These include the Ghana Education Service (the largest beneficiary), The National Commission on Culture, MUSIGA, NAFTI, The Ghana National Theatre, GBC ( Radio and TV), the numerous FM stations in the country, video film production outfits, professional and amateur performance groups, and creative arts agencies.

The SPA also serves the existing public universities, colleges of education (training colleges) and senior and junior high school. Our graduates (products) are already teaching in the newly opened departments of performing arts, especially dance and theatre, at the University of Cape Coast, University of Education, Winneba, and the Methodist University.

The school (SPA) has some collaboration with Clemson, a University in the US and the Helsinki University of Scandinavia. The SPA is one of the beneficiaries of the MOU signed between the University of Ghana and Western Kentucky University, in February 2013, with the purpose of developing academic and cultural exchanges and collaborative programmes. Idea are exchanged on research in the creative arts with our collaborating institutes. Our students also travel abroad on outreach programmes for some splendid and fantastic performances.

The School (SPA) also organizes international conferences. In the last academic year, two international conferences were held, namely the Legon international Film Event (Life )1 and the African Theatre Association (AfTA) conference.

The School of Performing Arts is greatly involved in the study of language, culture and the creative arts. These are the pillars of national development in most societies, as they are the major tools for socio-economic development and social change. They comment on human behaviour in polite and indirect manners. Our teaching, research programmes and performances are avenues for the recognition, maintenance, sustenance, documentation and preservation of our cultural heritage and national identity. The School (SPA) continues to motivate lecturers and students to enhance their skills, knowledge and research in African creative arts and combine the practical and theoretical aspects of performance. The SPA attracts more foreign students than any other school in the University of Ghana. We will continue to train students to find enviable places in the world market and in industries both locally and internationally.

COME TO OUR DRAMA STUDIO AND WATCH OUR EXCELLENT PERFORMANCES!

 

The Acting Dean: Prof. Kofi Agyekum