Prof. Frank Camilleri

Prof. Frank Camilleri

Prof. Frank Camilleri


Associate Professor

Room 306
MaKS Building
University of Malta
  +356 2340 3603
Frank Camilleri is Associate Professor in Theatre Studies and Artistic Director of Icarus Performance Project (Malta). He was Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies at the University of Kent from 2008 to 2013; and Visiting Professor in Theatre and Performance at the University of Huddersfield from 2013 to 2014.

He has worked with John Schranz (1989-2003), Ingemar Lindh (1994-1997), and Lech Raczak (1994, 1996). In 2001 he founded Icarus Performance Project (Malta), a research laboratory group that focuses on performance processes and actor training techniques. In 2007 he co-founded Icarus Publishing Enterprise with Odin Teatret and the Grotowski Institute with the aim of publishing English translations of texts by laboratory practitioners and scholars.

In the course of his activity in theatre Camilleri developed a way of relating to the work of the actor based on a study of elaboration of acrobatics, plastiques, martial arts, dance, and mime. He has also developed a vocal training regimen which evolved from the work on physical actions. He has performed, delivered workshops, given papers and demonstrations in various European contexts since 1994.

Camilleri has published articles on theatre as laboratory in TDR-The Drama Review, Contemporary Theatre Review, New Theatre Quarterly, Performance Research, and Theatre, Dance and Performance Training.
  • performer training
  • practice as research
  • contemporary theatre and performance
  • critical and cultural theory

Camilleri, F. 2019, Performer Training Reconfigured: Post-Psychophysical Perspectives for the Twenty-First Century, Bloomsbury, London.

Allain, P., Bennett, S.L. & Camilleri, F. 2018, Physical Actor Training – an Online A–Z (Online AV Resource), Methuen Drama Online, London.

Camilleri, F. (ed) 2015, Marco De Marinis's Etienne Decroux and His Theatre Laboratory , Routledge Icarus, Holstebro–Malta–Wrocław.

Camilleri, F. 2014, "Foreword
" in On Training and Performance: Traces of an Odin Teatret Actress, ed. R. Carreri, 1st edn, Routledge, London, pp. xi-xviii.

Camilleri, F. (ed) 2014, Roberta Carreri's On Training and Performance: Traces of an Odin Teatret Actress, 1st edn, Routledge, London.

Camilleri, F. 2013, "Ingemar Lindh and the Institutet för Scenkonst" in Encountering Ensemble, ed. J. Britton, Methuen, London, pp. 266-269.

Camilleri, F. 2013, "Review of John Matthews’s Training for Performance: A Meta-Disciplinary Account (London: Methuen 2011)", International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 263-65.

Camilleri, F. 2012-2014, Martyr Project (Performance), Icarus Performance Project, Canterbury-Malta.

Camilleri, F. 2012, "Contemporary Theatres in Malta" in Shooting Society: Documenting Contemporary Life in Malta, eds. C. Borg & R. Vella, Midsea Books, Malta, pp. 140-143.

Camilleri, F. 2011, "‘Le lezione di Ingemar Lindh’ (‘Ingemar Lindh: Stories of Impact’)", Teatri delle diversità, vol. 58, pp. 14-15.

Camilleri, F. 2010, 2013, "Introduction to the English Edition" in Stepping Stones, ed. I. Lindh, 1st edn, Routledge Icarus, Holstebro–Malta–Wrocław, pp. xiii-xxv.

Camilleri, F. 2009, Tilting at Windmills: A Case Study Investigating Embodiment, Performativity, and Dramaturgy (online article), Icarus Project,

Camilleri, F. 2008, "Exploring the Liminal: Engaging the Space between Training and Performance Process" in International Theatre Movement Conference: At the Moscow Art Theatre School, ed. Bruce Wooding, Central School of Speech and Drama, London, pp. 27-30.

Camilleri, F. 2006, Dramaturgy of a Performance Process, 1st edn, Icarus Project, Malta.

Camilleri, F. (ed) 2004, The Second Phase, 1st edn, Icarus Project, Malta.

Camilleri, F. (ed) 2003, ICARUS 4, 1st edn, Icarus GHE, Malta.

Camilleri, F. 2002, "The Liberation of Abandonment" in Amargo: The Tragedy of the Man Doomed to Die, ed. F. Camilleri, 1st edn, GHE, Malta, pp. 6-11.

Camilleri, F. 1998, "Gisem l'Isem: Il-Kitba tat-Teatru f'Malta" in Il-Kitba Teatrali f’Malta: Hemm xi Krizi?, ed. Vicki-Ann Cremona, Marco Galea, Immanuel Mifsud, Malta University Press, Malta, pp. 76-83.

Camilleri, F. & Schranz, J.J. 1996, Id-Descartes: Identity of a Dramaturgy, 1st edn, GHE, Malta.

  • PFA5002 - Researching Performance
  • THS1106 - Studying Performance
  • THS1201 - Staging Skills and Practices 1
  • THS1202 - Staging Skills and Practices 2
  • THS2103 - Theories of Performance 2: Critical Perspectives
  • THS3095 - Synoptic Study-Unit 1: Theatre Studies
  • THS3096 - Synoptic Study-Unit 2: Theatre Studies
  • THS3114 - Practice as Research
  • THS5052 - Performance Practices in the C21

• ‘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)

MA (Research)
• Danza di Spade: The Sword as Tool for Actor Training’ (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)