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Professor Frank Camilleri     
Frank Camilleri is Associate Professor in Theatre Studies. He joined the University of Malta in September 1996 and served as Academic Coordinator of the Theatre Studies Division from 2004 to 2008. Between 2008 and 2013 he was Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies at the University of Kent, and in 2013-14 Visiting Professor at the University of Huddersfield. Camilleri is also Artistic Director of Icarus Performance Project a theatre laboratory practice that investigates the space between training and performance processes. He has been involved in laboratory theatre since 1989 and has performed, given workshops, and delivered papers in a number of international contexts. Camilleri has published various articles on actor training, Ingemar Lindh, theatre as laboratory, and practice-as-research. As co-director of TARF (Theatre Arts Researching the Foundations), he co-founded Icarus Publishing with Odin Teatret and the Grotowski Institute, which is now in partnership with Routledge.

• ‘The Body Politics of Acting in the Context of Training and the Performance Industry: Perspectives from Contemporary Britain’ (University of Kent).
 • ‘Institutet för Scenkonst – An Analysis of its Past and Present Practice: 1971 - 2013: Investigating Improvisation Processes in Performance’ (University of Malta).
• ‘Transforming Everyday Life: The Political Struggles of Amateur Theatres, Meyerhold and Stanislavsky’ (University of Malta).
• ‘Vocal Actions: Channelling Impulse Through Form in Training Towards Performance’; Practice as Research PhD (University of Kent).
 • ‘The Difference Butoh Makes: A Practice as Research Investigation of Butoh for Training and Performance’; Practice as Research PhD (University of Kent).

•‘Opera and Modern Stage Practice: An Analysis of the Contexts and Performance Process of Robert Wilson’s Madama Butterfly’ (University of Malta).

• ‘Writing with the Body: Exploring Écriture Féminine in the Theatre Practice of Ariane Mnouchkine’ (University of Malta).
• ‘A Fluid Variable: An Analysis of Femininity and the Female in Shakespeare’s Plays’ (University of Malta).
• ‘The Story of Imam Hussein: A Cross-cultural Experiment Inspired by Ta’ziyeh’; Practice as Research MA (University of Kent).
• ‘Narrative and Beyond: Photography as a Medium for the Analysis of Perception and Meaning within the Actor/Spectator Relationship’ (University of Malta).
• ‘Research Theatre in Contemporary Europe: An Analysis of the Means of Continuation’ (University of Malta).
• ‘The Semiotics of Samuel Beckett’s Drama’ (University of Malta).
• ‘The Way of the Pilgrim and Stories of Other Foreigners: A Dialogue between the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola and the Art of the Actor’ (University of Malta).

Lamentations of Cain: Dramaturgy of a Performance Process (Icarus Performance Project, Malta 2006).
Id-Descartes: Identity of a Dramaturgy, with John J. Schranz (GHE, Malta 1996).

Edited Books
• Translation and Editing of On Training and Performance: Traces of an Odin Teatret Actress by Roberta Carreri (London: Routledge, 2014). 
• Editor of English edition of Decroux and His Theatre Laboratory by Marco De Marinis (London: Routledge-Icarus), forthcoming 2015.
• Editing of English translation of Ingemar Lindh, Stepping Stones (London: Routledge-Icarus, 2010). 

• ‘Of Hybrids and the Posthuman: Performer Training in the 21st Century’, TDR: The Drama Review (2015), forthcoming. 
• ‘Towards the Study of Actor Training in an Age of Globalised Digital Technology’, Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 6:1 (2015), forthcoming. 
• ‘Making Visible the Invisible: Ingemar Lindh’s Practice of Collective Improvisation and Étienne Decroux’, Contemporary Theatre Review, 23:3 (2013), 390–402. 
• ‘Yours Neutrally, Habitational Action: Performance between Theatre and Dance’, New Theatre Quarterly, 29:3 (2013), 247–63. 
• ‘Habitational Action: Beyond Inner and Outer Action’, Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 4:1 (2013), 30–51.
• ‘Between Laboratory and Institution: Practice as Research in No Man’s Land’, TDR: The Drama Review, 57:1 (2013), 152–66.
• ‘Of Crossroads and Undercurrents: Ingemar Lindh’s Practice of Collective Improvisation and Jerzy Grotowski’, New Theatre Quarterly, 27:4 (2011), 299–312.
• ‘Tekhnē Sessions: Investigating Dynamic Aliveness in the Actor’s Work’, Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 1:2 (2010), 157–71.
• ‘Of Pounds of Flesh and Trojan Horses: Performer Training in the Twenty-first Century’, On Training special issue, Performance Research, 14:2 (2009), 26-34.
• ‘Collective Improvisation: The Practice and Vision of Ingemar Lindh’, TDR 52:4 (2008), 82-97.
• “To Push the Actor-Training to Its Extreme”: Training Process in Ingemar Lindh’s Practice of Collective Improvisation’, Contemporary Theatre Review, 18:4 (2008), 425-441. 
• ‘Hospitality and the Ethics of Improvisation in the Work of Ingemar Lindh’, New Theatre Quarterly, 24.3 (2008), 246-259.
• ‘I can still feel his eyes on me’, an interview by Elzbieta Stelmaszczyk, in Pogranicza 1/2003 (42), pp. 29-43. A substantial part of this interview has also been included in a book by Juliusz Tyszka (Studio 69, Szczecin, 2002), pp. 80-88. 
• ‘Gisem l’Isem: Il-Kitba tat-Teatru f’Malta’, in Il-Kitba Teatrali f’Malta: Hemm xi Krizi?, conference proceedings, eds. V. Cremona, M. Galea, I. Mifsud (Malta University Press, Malta, 1998), pp. 76-83.

Audio-Visual Publications 
Duration 56, DVD (Icarus Performance Project and Foreign Body Films, Canterbury, 2009).
Lamentations of Cain, DVD (Icarus Performance Project, Malta, 2007).
• ‘Structure/Improvisation: Investigating the Performative Condition’, in The Changing Body Symposium, DVD-ROM (Exeter Digital Archives: Arts Documentation Unit, University of Exeter, 2006).
Tekhne 2004, DVD (Icarus Performance Project & Studio 7, Malta, 2004).

Martyr Project (2012– ) on-going research
Martyr Red, Icarus Performance Project.

The Queen Project (2006-2008)
•    Duration 56 (May/June 2008), Icarus Performance Project, Malta.
•    RISK: El Riesgo de La Reina (July/August 2007), Icarus Performance Project, Malta.
•    La Reina: A Vocal Structure (August 2006), Icarus Performance Project, Malta.

Cain Project (2001-2005)
•    Lamentations of Cain (August 2005), Icarus Project Third Phase, Malta.
•    Amargo TWO (October 2004), Icarus Project Second Phase, Malta.
•    TWO.2 (August 2004), Icarus Project Second Phase, Malta.
•    TWO (April 2004), Icarus Project Second Phase, Malta.
•    ICARUS 4 (2003), Icarus Project First Phase, Malta.
•    Amargo: The Tragedy of the Man Doomed to Die (2002-03), solo performance, Malta.

Other Work
•    Duration 56 (2008- ).
•    Tekhne Sessions (2004- ).
•    Id-Descartes, solo performance co-created with John J. Schranz (1996-2003).
•    La Pietra e il Dolore, directed by Lech Raczak, Urbino (Italy), 1996. 
•    Inkontri Possibbli, directed by John J. Schranz, Malta (1995-1996).
•    La Vita di S. Giovanni, directed by Lech Raczak, Urbino (Italy), 1994.
•    Berlin! Berlin!, directed by John J. Schranz, Malta, 1992.


Frank Camilleri in Martyr Red (MITP Theatre, 02 November 2013). Photo by Jeremy de Maria.


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