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Mbala Nkanga

République démocratique du Congo

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Assistant Professor (theatre studies, world drama), Mbala Nkanga is a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo where he grew up and worked as a teacher, director and scholar, is now at the University of Michigan. Since 1979, he has taught directing, scenography and dramaturgical analysis at the Institut National des Arts in Kinshasa (DRC). He directed plays in various professional companies there, such as Bernard Dadié’s Béatrice du Congo, Wole Soyinka’s A Dance of the Forests, Réné Kalisky’s Aïda Vaincue. From 1982 to 1986 he directed the recording of radio drama for the prestigious Radio France-Internationale’s Concours Théâtral Interafricain. One of the plays is Diur Ntumb’s Zaina (Grand Prix 1982), which he brought to the stage and screen. He adapted for the stage and directed Maryse Condé’s Segu. He was the head of the research center in performing arts and music (CEDAR) at Institut National des Arts. He has completed extensive research in French theatre and drama, and Central African performance traditions. He is a former Fulbright scholar and winner of Northwestern University’s Gwendolyn Carter Award for Academic Excellence. He holds a PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, an MA in Theatre and Drama from Indiana University, and a BA in History and Directing from the Institut National des Arts in Kinshasa.

English

Assistant Professor (theatre studies, world drama), Mbala Nkanga is a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo where he grew up and worked as a teacher, director and scholar, is now at the University of Michigan. Since 1979, he has taught directing, scenography and dramaturgical analysis at the Institut National des Arts in Kinshasa (DRC). He directed plays in various professional companies there, such as Bernard Dadié’s Béatrice du Congo, Wole Soyinka’s A Dance of the Forests, Réné Kalisky’s Aïda Vaincue. From 1982 to 1986 he directed the recording of radio drama for the prestigious Radio France-Internationale’s Concours Théâtral Interafricain. One of the plays is Diur Ntumb’s Zaina (Grand Prix 1982), which he brought to the stage and screen. He adapted for the stage and directed Maryse Condé’s Segu. He was the head of the research center in performing arts and music (CEDAR) at Institut National des Arts. He has completed extensive research in French theatre and drama, and Central African performance traditions. He is a former Fulbright scholar and winner of Northwestern University’s Gwendolyn Carter Award for Academic Excellence. He holds a PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, an MA in Theatre and Drama from Indiana University, and a BA in History and Directing from the Institut National des Arts in Kinshasa.