Department of Performance Studies
College of Liberal Arts
David Donkor engages theatre/performance as a form of public address in Africana cultures. His ethnographies of Ghanaian stand up comedy, popular theatre, and storytelling explain the interplay of a trickster ethos (based on folk figure Ananse) with performance, political liberalization, and economic (neo) liberalization in Ghana.
Donkor will produce a book, Staging Independence, about Ghana’s 1957 independence commemoration and exploring the national, international, and transnational importance of Ghana’s maiden independence.