Dr Stefan Aquilina

Dr Stefan Aquilina

Dr Stefan Aquilina

 M.A.,Ph.D.(Melit.)

Senior Lecturer

Room 129
Mediterranean Institute
University of Malta
Msida
  +356 2340 2989
Stefan Aquilina is Director of Research and Internationalisation of the School of Performing Arts and Theatre Studies Lecturer at the University of Malta. His main area of research is modern theatre in Russia, especially Stanislavsky and Meyerhold, but has wider interest in the cultural transmission of embodied practice, amateur theatre, devised performance, and reflective teaching. Aquilina’s publications include Stanislavsky in the World (coedited with Jonathan Pitches, Bloomsbury), Interdisciplinarity in the Performing Arts: Contemporary Perspectives (coedited with Malaika Sarco-Thomas, University Malta Press), and numerous essays in journals like Studies in Theatre and Performance, Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Theatre History Studies, Stanislavski Studies, and Theatre Studies International. Dr Aquilina is the founder and director of Cultural Transmission of Actor Training Techniques, a research project investigating how training techniques are transformed when transmitted across cultures (www.ctatt.org). He has undertaken research as a Visiting Fellow at the School of Performance and Cultural Industries (University of Leeds) and as a William Evans Fellow at the Department of Music, Theatre and Performing Arts (University of Otago).
  • Cultural Transmission
  • Russian Theatre (especially Stanislavsky and Meyerhold)
  • Modern Theatre
  • Everyday Life
  • Actor Training
  • Reflective Teaching
  • Devised Performance

AQUILINA, S., 2020. Communal Solidarity and Amateur Theatre in Post-Revolutionary Russia: Theoretical Approaches. Redefining Theatre Communities. International perspectives on theatre and communities, ed. by Marco Galea and Szabolcs Musca, , pp. 17-32.

AQUILINA, S., 2020. Modern Theatre in Russia: Tradition Building and Transmission Processes. London: Bloomsbury.

AQUILINA, S., 2020. Teaching Stanislavsky: Periodization and the Formation of Theatre Canons. Stanislavski Studies, 8(2),.

AQUILINA, S., 2019. Cultural Transmission of Actor Training Techniques: A Research Project. Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 10(1), pp. 4-20.

AQUILINA, S., 2018. A Director’s Guide to Stanislavsky’s Active Analysis.Including the Formative Essay on Active Analysis by Maria Knebel by James Thomas. Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 9(1), pp. 130-131.

AQUILINA, S., 2018. Meyerhold and the Revolution: A Reading through Henri Lefebvre's Theories on" Everyday Life". Theatre History Studies, 37(1), pp. 7-26.

AQUILINA, S. and SARCO-THOMAS, M., 2018. Interdisciplinarity in the Performing Arts: Contemporary Perspectives. Malta University Press.

AQUILINA, S. and SARCO-THOMAS, M., 2018. Introduction. In: S. AQUILINA and M. SARCO-THOMAS, eds, Interdisciplinarity in the Performing Arts: Contemporary Perspectives. pp. 1-20.

AQUILINA, S., 2017. An Amateur Processing of the System: Stanislavsky in Malta. Stanislavsky in the World: The System and Its Transformations Across Continents, , pp. 105-123.

AQUILINA, S., 2017. It is less about the system and more about the attitudes: Stanislavsky’s lesser known essays about actor training. Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 8(1), pp. 19-32.

AQUILINA, S., 2017. Part Four: Introduction. In between binaries and paradoxes: Stanislavsky in Africa. Stanislavsky in the World: The System and Its Transformations Across Continents, , pp. 271-275.

AQUILINA, S., 2017. Part One: Introduction. Contextualization of tradition and transmission processes. Stanislavsky in the World: The System and Its Transformations Across Continents, , pp. 27-33.

AQUILINA, S., 2017. Part Three: Introduction. Beyond realism: Stanislavsky in Latin America. In: J. PITCHES and S. AQUILINA, eds, Stanislavsky in the World: The System and Its Transformations Across Continents. pp. 207-212.

AQUILINA, S., 2017. Well-trodden paths: US, UK, Russian and Soviet Perspectives on Stanislavsky’s transmission. Stanislavsky in the World: The System and Its Transformations Across Continents, , pp. 1-11.

PITCHES, J. and AQUILINA, S., 2017. Stanislavsky in the world: the system and its transformations across continents. Bloomsbury Publishing.

AQUILINA, S., 2016. Acts of Recognition: The Political Dimension of Terminology. Maska, 31(177-178), pp. 68-85.

AQUILINA, S., 2016. As simple but as complex as everyday cooking: Stanislavski’s use of physical actions in the recreation of nature. Stanislavski Studies, 4(2), pp. 111-124.

AQUILINA, S., 2015. The Manoel Theatre Academy of Dramatic Art: 1977-1980.

AQUILINA, S., 2013. Stanislavski and the Tactical Potential of Everyday Images. Theatre Research International, 38(3), pp. 229-239.

AQUILINA, S., 2013. Stanislavski's accumulative practice in Artists and Admirers rehearsals (1932-33). Stanislavski Studies, 1(2), pp. 3-47.

AQUILINA, S., 2012. Stanislavski's encounter with the Revolution. Studies in Theatre and Performance, 32(1), pp. 79-91.

AQUILINA, S., 2012. Stanislavsky and the impact of studio ethics on everyday life. Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 3(3), pp. 302-314.

  • MSP2258 - Research, Writing, and Presentation Techniques in Music
  • PFA5002 - Researching Performance
  • THS1104 - Performance Skills 1: Training
  • THS1206 - Studies in Theatre and Performance Practices
  • THS2102 - Theories of Performance 1: Concepts
  • THS2110 - Modern Theatre and Performance
  • THS3095 - Synoptic Study-Unit 1: Theatre Studies
  • THS3096 - Synoptic Study-Unit 2: Theatre Studies
  • THS3111 - Tradition and Transmission in Performance
  • THS3112 - Advanced Topic in Theatre Studies 1
Publications in Progress:
Modern Theatre in Russia: Tradition Building and Transmission Processes (Bloomsbury; expected publication date 2020)

International Research Networks:
Associate Member, Performer Training, Preparation and Pedagogy Research Group, School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds
Theme Member, Performance of the Real, University of Otago
Editorial Board Member, Stanislavski Studies (Taylor and Francis)

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