Elisabeth Efua Sutherland


Paa Joe and Elisabeth Efua Sutherland, 'Akԑ yaaa heko One does not take it anywhere', Opening, courtesy Gallery 1957, Accra. Photo Nii Odzenma


Elisabeth Efua Sutherland (b. 1991, Accra) holds a BA Theatre with a minor in Education Studies from DePauw University (2013) and an MA in Contemporary Performance Making from Brunel University London (2016). She lives and works in Accra, Ghana.

Elisabeth works across theatre and performance but is starting to explore new fields, media, and materials. She is increasingly concerned with interactivity, video, sculpture and texture in making performance/performative objects. She is interested in the way culture can shape identity and development, and in the impact that active cultural curation can potentially have on individual and national attitudes.

In 2016, Elisabeth was an artist in residence at the Google Cultural Institute in Paris as part of a residency organized by 89Plus, co-curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Simon Castets with Julie Boukobza. For 2017, Elisabeth will be in residence at the Villa Empain in Brussels, and at the Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida, as well as creating for the Accra Theatre Workshop season. She will also be working on the second phase of The Interstice Project (Black Box), which is an expansion of her shipping container studio project. Elisabeth is the Artistic Director of the Accra Theatre Workshop.


Born in 1991, Accra

Lives and Works in Accra


  • Brunel University, London
  • M.A. Contmeporary Performance Making


  • DePauw University, Greencastle
  • B.A. Theatre Major with a minor in Education Studies

Exhibitions (not including theatre work)


  • Black Noise, Harn Museum of Art (University of Florida), Florida
  • Deverb, Terra Alta, Accra
  • Americans 2017, 89Plus at WESTBAU: LUMA Foundation, Zurich
  • The Interstice Project, Phase II: Black Box, Terra Alta, Accra


  • Anansi's Wife//Akua's Daughter, Brunel University London
  • Weaverbird Series, International Metabody Forum, Brunel University, London
  • Anansi's Wife//Akua's Daughter, 89Plus at the Google Cultural Institute Lab, Paris


  • Sui Generis (video version) 89Plus at WESTBAU: LUMA Foundation, Zurich
  • Sui Generis, ChaleWote Street Art Festival, Jamestown, Accra
  • Dwennimmen, Nubuke Foundation, Accra


  • Dreamscape, ANO at Dak'Art, Senegal
  • Dreamscape, Nubuke Foundation, Accra
  • Dreamscape, Alliance Francaise d'Accra, Accra

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