Prof. Frank Camilleri

Prof. Frank Camilleri

Prof. Frank Camilleri


Associate Professor

Room 306
MaKS Building
University of Malta
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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. 2018, "Clues on Technē
", Performance Research, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 309-312.

Camilleri, F. 2018, "On Habit and Performer Training", Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 36-52.

Camilleri, F. 2017, "Inverting the Formula: Devising through Adaptation", New Theatre Quarterly, vol. 33, no. 3, pp. 240-253.

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

Camilleri, F. 2015, "Of Hybrids and the Posthuman: Performer Training in the 21st Century", TDR-The Drama Review, vol. 59, no. 3, pp. 108-122.

Camilleri, F. 2015, "Towards the Study of Actor Training in an Age of Globalised Digital Technology", Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 16-29.

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

Camilleri, F. 2013, "Between Laboratory and Institution: Practice as Research in No Man’s Land", TDR-The Drama Review, vol. 57, no. 1, pp. 152-166.

Camilleri, F. 2013, "Habitational Action: Between Inner and Outer Action", Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 30-51.

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

Camilleri, F. 2013, "Making Visible the Invisible: Ingemar Lindh’s Practice of Collective Improvisation and Étienne Decroux", Contemporary Theatre Review, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 390-402.

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. 2013, "Yours Neutrally, Habitational Action: Performance between Theatre and Dance", New Theatre Quarterly, vol. 29, no. 3, pp. 247-263.

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

Camilleri, F. 2011, "Of Crossroads and Undercurrents: Ingemar Lindh’s Practice of Collective Improvisation and Jerzy Grotowski", New Theatre Quarterly, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 299-312.

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. 2010, "Tekhnē Sessions: Investigating Dynamic Aliveness in the Actor’s Work", Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 157-171.

Camilleri, F. 2009, "Of Pounds of Flesh and Trojan Horses: Performer Training in the Twenty-first Century", Performance Research, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 26-34.

Camilleri, F. 2008, "Collective Improvisation: The Practice and Vision of Ingemar Lindh", TDR-The Drama Review, vol. 52, no. 3, pp. 82-97.

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. 2008, "Hospitality and the Ethics of Improvisation in the Work of Ingemar Lindh", New Theatre Quarterly, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 246-259.

Camilleri, F. 2008, "'To Push the Actor Training to Its Extreme': Training Process in Ingemar Lindh's Practice of Collective Improvisation", Contemporary Theatre Review, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 425-441.

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

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.

  • ACA5031 - Historical and Theoretical Perspectives on Social Practice in the Arts
  • ACA5032 - Conducting Research in the Arts, Education and Communities
  • 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