Niger’s performing arts have grown remarkably over the last decade with an encouraging number of shows reaching international stages. But like in many neighbouring countries, the challenges ahead pair the successes. Lack of infrastructure, inadequate skills training opportunities and limited involvement from public institutions keeps this emerging sector on the sidelines.
Compagnie Arène Théâtre is one of the leading local organizations working to professionalize theatre-making by training talented drama writers as well as much-needed managers and administrators. A series of workshops have been held. Advocating for increased and more strategic support from authorities, a seminar also took place with almost 100 participants, resulting in the setting-up of Niger’s first network of theatre companies.