Project History

Ghana

Daniel and Adam taught on the NYU in Ghana Program in conjunction with the University of Ghana.  Adam led a Practicum on Movement, Performance, Ritual, and Healing; Daniel brought 10 students and alumni from the Hip Hop Theatre Initiative, currently in residence at NYU, to work with local artists and performers, beginning the “Reassembling the Diaspora” project.


We are All One: The Jews of Sefwi Wiawso

DNAWORKS was funded by the U.S. Embassy in Ghana to lead an oral history project with the Jewish community, some 200 strong, in Sefwi Wiawso in the Western Region of Ghana about 120 miles from Accra.  Adam and Daniel spent Purim with the community, their first celebration of this holiday, led a Purim spiel, and taught songs, as well as Passover and one other Shabbat. The oral history project is now a film, We Are All One: The Jews of Sefwi Wiawso, in which several Jewish men from Sefwi Wiawso, Ghana, recount stories of The House of Israel community and its return to ancestral Judaic beliefs and practices.


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Buduburum

Daniel and students from NYU-in-Ghana and University of Ghana, Legon, worked with students from 10 schools in Buduburam, the former UNHCR Liberian refugee camp outside Accra, leading Hip Hop Theatre workshops and helping the Drama Club of the Dominion Christian Academy (Domica) develop an HIV/AIDS prevention educational drama. Their work there culminated in a Community Arts Celebration. Daniel was also invited to create a testimonial theatre project by and with the Ga Queen Mothers of the Greater Accra Region.


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Christian Children's Storehouse

Adam and Daniel taught at the Children’s Christian Storehouse Conservatory, an after-school and weekend arts and education program that serves youth from a wide range of backgrounds – from homeless and village youth to diplomats’ children. With the NYU and University of Ghana students, DNAworks choreographed and created an end-of-term production, Kofi’s Story: From Accra-way to Broadway, that sold out the Efua T. Sutherland Drama Studio, a beautiful outdoor amphitheatre at the University of Ghana, Legon.

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