New York University
Awam Amkpa is a dramatist, documentary filmmaker, scholar of theatre and film and a curator of art and cultural practices. He is Associate Professor of Drama at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Social and Cultural Analysis in NYU’s College of Arts and Sciences. He is the co-founder and co-curator of the annual Real Life Pan- African Documentary Film Festival in Accra, Ghana, a festival dedicated to African and African Diasporic filmmaking and a curator of the photographic exhibition ‘Africa: See You, See Me’ and co-curator of photo exhibition ‘They Won’t Budge: Africans in Europe’. Awam Amkpa curated annual Highlife Music festivals in Accra, Ghana as well as an online exhibition on Kofi Ghanaba. He is the curator of the exhibition ‘ReSignifications’. His documentary films include ‘Winds Against Ours Souls’, ‘It’s All About Downtown’, ‘The Other Day We Went to the Movies’, ‘A Very Very Short Story of Nollywood’, ‘Accra Re-Inventions’ and feature film ‘Wazobia!’. Professor Amkpa has written plays such as ‘Ajasco’ and ‘Not In My Season of Songs’, directed and toured several plays in Africa, Europe and North America and is also the author of Theatre and Postcolonial Desires and several articles on the African and Black Diasporic and postcolonial theatre, film, art and photography. Mentored by Wole Soyinka, Awam Amkpa has a PhD in Drama from Bristol University, UK.