The National Theater is located in the Victoria Borg district of Accra, Ghana.
It is to build and propel the rich culture of Ghana into the 21st century that the National Theater of Ghana was Commissioned by the Government of Ghana and built by the Chinese in 1992.
The National Theater is governed by the National Theater law 1991, PNDC Law 259. Among others, the law describes the setting up of Theaters in such parts of the country as the government sees it.
It has a building area of 11,896 square meters (128,050 square feet), and is sited near the junction of the Independence Avenue and Liberia Road. The building has a complicated construction molding and novel exterior features. When looked at from a distance, the whole structure looks like a gigantic ship or a seagull spreading its wings.
The building houses the three resident companies of the National Dance Company, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the National Theatre Players
The Theater has made improvements in its operations, audience development, programming, marketing and fund raising.
* Staff members are being trained constantly within the Theater as well as in other Theaters worldwide, e.g. South Africa, Europe and the USA.
* Artistes, Producers, Technicians and marketing Agents have been invited from Theaters in South Africa, Europe, USA and Australia on exchange programs.
* Major festivals and programs 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 revolutionize the entertainment and educational system once its implementation becomes integrated into the cultural and educational policy. It is expected that this will change the public awareness and behavior towards the arts. A few programs and projects developed include:
- Dance Factory
- African Youth Orchestra (Indigenous Africa)
- Concert Party (Traditional Drama)
- Direct Consumer Contact (Drama)
- Fun World (Variety Program)
- Theater Program for Schools (Drama for School Children)
- Arts Institute for Teachers
- September fest (festival of Arts)
- Kiddie fest (festival for Children)
- Living Legends (Achievement recognition)
The Theater has computerized all it’s departments in order to strengthen internal and external operations and linkages.
The Theater employs about 95 people, 10% of whom are paid through the Theater’s own resources
The Theater has an annual operational budget of 1.4 billion cedis. 39% of the National Theater’s funding comes from government and 61% from venue rentals, investments, sponsorships and gate proceeds.