GSU Student Stars in Musical Comedy at Strauss Theatre in Monroe 

Dwedee Kobbah on stage (photo by Michelle Tripp)

GRAMBLING, La. – September 22, 2021 – Dwedee Kobbah, a senior visual and performing arts at Grambling State University, has a starring role in the musical comedy Disaster! She plays a strong-willed reporter in the show that runs through September 25 at the Strauss Theatre in Monroe, La.

Disaster! pays tribute to 1970s disaster movies and is packed with popular songs from the era. The show follows several New Yorkers as they attend the opening of a floating casino and disco that turns into magnet for disasters. Kobbah’s character, a freelance reporter, suspects the owner of the venue ran out of money and cut corners so she hopes to get the scoop.

“She’s very professional and confident,” Kobbah said of her character who is also debating whether to choose a career or love.

Dwedee Kobbah


From Charleston, West Virginia, Kobbah has performed in such shows as Sister Act the Musical, High School Musical Live, and August Osage county. She got her start in front of an audience at an early age.

“I started when I was probably 3 or 4. My mom used to put me in dance and cheerleading so I was always ready to be on stage,” Kobbah said. When it comes to acting, she likes that she can get on stage and create, tell stories, provide people with an escape and give them joy.

Kobbah attended four weeks of intensive training at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts over the summer. She hopes to continues her performing arts studies in grad school.

The young actress encourages people to continue to support local community theaters and the Grambling theatre department.

Kyle T. Zimmerman, assistant theatre professor at GSU describe Kobbah as “one of our more accomplished students.”

She will be playing the role of Chairman Frances in GSU’s upcoming production 21a.  She serves as the president for the Floyd L. Sandle Theatre Guild and has performed with that group as well.

“Dwedee is a delight to have in class or as a cast member,” Zimmerman said. “She is very professional and always comes prepared.  It’s great that she is already performing off campus and showcasing the talent we have at GSU to a wider audience.”

Remaining performances of Disaster! are at 7 p.m. September 23, 24, and 25 at the Strauss Theatre, 1300 Lamy Lane in Monroe, La. Tickets are $15 for students and $30 for adults. For more information about tickets, please call 318-323-6681.

About Grambling State University
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