UPSA drama troupe launched, performs maiden play

The University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) has dived into the world of performing arts with the launch of its drama troupe on Monday, December 18.

The UPSA drama troupe, with talented students from various departments, showcased their theatrical prowess in a culturally enriched adaptation of the classic biblical story of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Their inaugural play, titled “The Nativity,” made waves as it creatively depicted the birth of the Messiah within a distinctly Ghanaian context.

The play also skilfully blended the traditional elements of the Christmas narrative with the vibrant culture of Ghana.

From the costumes to the set design to the sound effects, every detail resonated with the audience, offering a unique and engaging experience.

The Registrar of UPSA, Dr. Koryoe Anim-Wright [middle] at the launch. Seating next to her were the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abednego Amartey [left] and  playwright, Dr. Brian Akrong [right].


The Registrar of UPSA, Dr Koryoe Anim-Wright, who is behind the establishment of the drama troupe, expressed her delight at the university’s venture into the world of drama.

“We believe in providing our students with a holistic education that goes beyond academics,” Dr Anim-Wright said.

“The drama troupe is a testament to our commitment to nurturing creativity and cultural expression.”

The director of the play, Dr. Brian Akrong, commended the students for their dedication and passion, stressing that it was inspiring to see the students bring such energy and authenticity to the stage.

A scene from “The Nativity” play.


“This marks the beginning of a vibrant artistic journey for UPSA,” Dr Akrong stated. “By infusing local elements into a well-known biblical story, UPSA aimed to bridge cultural gaps and celebrate the diversity of its student body.”

He disclosed that plans for future productions are already underway, promising more exciting performances that blend education, culture, and entertainment.

A cross-section of the audience at the launch.


The launch of the UPSA drama troupe represents another stride by the university towards fostering a dynamic and enriching environment for its students, ensuring that they graduate not only with knowledge but also with a profound appreciation of the arts.



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