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Dr Mario Frendo
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Dr Mario Frendo 
Mario Frendo is lecturer of Theatre Studies. He joined the University of Malta in 2007 and served as Head of Department between 2008 and 2013. He received his PhD from the University of Sussex, UK, with a thesis entitled Musicality and the Act of Theatre: Developing Musicalised Dramaturgies for Theatre Performance, and holds a master’s degree in music composition from the University of Malta. Frendo co-founded the Malta Arts Festival in 2006 and remained its artistic director until 2013. As member of TARF (Malta) he is co-founder of Icarus Publishing with Odin Teatret (Denmark) and the Grotowski Institute (Poland). His current research interests include musicality in theatre, interdisciplinarity in performance, and the relationships between performance and philosophical discourse.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

‘Stanislavsky’s Musicality: Towards Physicalisation’ Studies in Musical Theatre 8: 3, forthcoming.

‘Embodied Musicality: Nietzsche, Grotowski, and Musicalized Processes in Theatre Making’, Studies in Musical Theatre 7: 2 (2013), pp. 207–19


inFragments: Co-director. An interdisciplinary performance work. School of Performing Arts, University of Malta. 2014.

Welcoming the End of the World: Co-director. A theatre piece in collaboration with the Laboratorio Permanente sull’Arte dell’Attore – Turin, Italy. 2012.

Spirall: Director. A music/visual installation in collaboration with Pierre Portelli and Ruben Zahra. 2010.

Elisabeth; or to be a Mann: Director. Opera by Charles Camilleri and Peter Serracino Inglott, MaltaFest, Malta. 2005.

The Maltese Cross: Artistic Director. Opera by Charles Camilleri and Peter Serracino Inglott, Paris and Malta, 2004.

La Traviata: Assistant director. BoV Opera Festival, Manoel Theatre, Malta. 2003.

Werther: Assistant director. BoV Opera Festival, Manoel Theatre, Malta. 2002.

Inkontri Possibli: Actor. A collective performance directed by John J. Schranz, Malta 1995, 1996, Rome 1995, Pontedera 1996.

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