Research projects

Icarus Performance Project (Malta) is an ongoing research project that focuses on the space between training and performance processes as a self-contained and integral phenomenon. Set up in 2001 by Frank Camilleri, the Project follows an evolving process of technical and performance structures within a context of laboratory practice.

Contact Person: Prof. Frank Camilleri
The study forms part of larger project that investigates the research and application potential of the area between training and performance processes. It looks specifically at the application of ‘habitational action’ – a concept that emerged from other stages of the project – within a dramaturgical structure. The study contributes to the practices of ‘laboratoriality’ in the theatre of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Contact Person: Prof. Frank Camilleri
Cultural Transmission of Actor Training Techniques (CTATT) is a research project which studies how actor training techniques are transmitted across cultures. It understands transmission processes not as simplistic and linear shifts of knowledge from transmitter to receiver, but as dynamic acts in which the latter is as much an agent as the former, and in which practices are appropriated and transformed.

The aims of the Project are:
  • to create a series of research actions  – workshops, residencies, seminars, conferences – that revolve around the transmission across cultures of actor training techniques
  • to reach out to the largest possible international audience that is directly invested in the study and practice of actor training and performance
  • to create and disseminate a body of knowledge related to actor training, such as workshop documentation, recorded interviews, and published scholarly material.
Contact Person: Dr Stefan Aquilina
Cultures of Performance: Researching the Relations Between Cultural Traditions and Performance Practices
The project investigates the relationships between cultural traditions and performance practices. Specifically, the project focuses on opera and music theatre within the Euro-Mediterranean context and how cultural constructs and performance practices impact on and affect each other. Key objectives of the research project include: i. looking at cultural phenomena to determine why and how performance traditions develop the way they do, and, ii. investigating community involvement in terms of the ‘public sphere’ and its impact on cultural constructs and cultural diversity.

Contact Person: Dr Mario Frendo
This project is part of a European project on Amateur theatres across Europe. It aims to hold a census of amateur companies in Malta, to trace their history and evolution, and examine the type and range of theatrical productions that are performed. It will also look into training for amateurs. The data will be compared to other European realities.

Contact Persons: Prof. Vicki Ann CremonaDr Marco Galea

https://www.um.edu.mt/performingarts/theatre/ourresearch/projects