The cultural sector in Ghana is extremely rich. It is to propel this culture into the 21st century that the National Theatre of Ghana was Commissioned by the Government of Ghana and built by the Chinese in 1992.
The Theatre is governed by the National Theatre law 1991, PNDC Law 259. Among others, the law describes the setting up of Theatres in such parts of the country as the government sees it.
The Theatre has made improvements in its operations, audience development, programming, marketing and fundraising.
* Staff members are being trained constantly within the Theatre as well as in other Theatres worldwide, e.g. South Africa, Europe and the USA.
* Artistes, Producers, Technicians and marketing Agents have been invited from Theatres in South Africa, Europe, USA and Australia on exchange programmes.
* Major festivals and programmes presented in collaboration with national and international communities and institutions, all of which included workshop for artists, art professionals and teachers in the use of the arts in teaching classroom subjects and entertainment purposes have been created and instituted over the past few years. These will revolutionise the entertainment and educational system once its implementation becomes integrated into the cultural and educational policy. It is expected that this will change the publicâ€™s awareness and behaviour towards the arts. A few programmes and projects developed include:
- Dance Factory
- African Youth Orchestra (IndigenAfrika)
- Concert Party (Traditional Drama)
- Direct Consumer Contact (Drama)
- Fun World (Variety Programme)
- Theatre Programme for Schools (Drama for School Children)
- Arts Institute for Teachers
- Septemberfest (festival of Arts â€“ Adults)
- Kiddafest (festival for Children)
- Living Legends (Achievement recognition)
The Theatre has computerised all departments in order to strengthen its internal and external operations and linkages.
The Theatre employs about 95 people, 10% of whom are paid through the Theatreâ€™s own resources
The Theatre has an annual operational budget of 1.4 billion cedis. It must be noted that 39% of the National Theatreâ€™s funding comes from government and 61% from venue rentals, investments, sponsorships and gate proceeds.