SIMONE SPITERI was born in 1983 and trained for her Diploma in acting at the Malta Drama Centre between 1996 and 2004. She obtained her B.A. (Hons.) and M.A. in Theatre Studies from the University of Malta. She set up her own theatre company, Dù, in 2004 in which she performs, directs and writes. Her written and directed work has been performed in Denmark, Egypt, Sicily, Spain, Macedonia, USA, UK and France.
Two of her written works Appuntamenti (2009) and Kjaroskur (2011) won first prize in the National Francis Ebejer contest for playwriting. Both Appuntamenti and Lacuna (2006), have been chosen as one of the 120 best plays for the European stage in the European Theatre Convention’s (ETC) bi-annual publication. She has written extensively for ŻiguŻajg International Children’s Festival to sold out performances withplays such as: Il-Ħajja Xejn Cool ta’ Teenager Jismu Julian (2012), #babydaddy (2014), Fly Flynn (2014) and Ineż kienet Perf(etta) (2016) with several re-runs and tours across Maltese schools.
In between her company’s productions she often collaborates with other theatrical companies on the main Maltese stages and has worked with MADC; Mrs. Warren’s Profession (2011), Twelfth Night (2011), The Winter’s Tale (2012), Skylight (2017), and Unifaun Theatre; Olly’s Prison (2013) and The Price of One (2014), An Enemy of the People (2018). Her work as a director has included: Red for FM Theatre Productions and Lorca’s Blood Wedding at the Manoel Theatre where she worked as Drama Consultant between 2011 and 2013.
Simone teaches adolescents and lectures part-time within the Theatre Studies department at the Unviersity of Malta and has published two history text books with Merlin Publications. In 2014 she was also an International Playwright Observer at New Visions, New Voices at the Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C., and a chosen writing resident at La Chartreuse in Avignon, France in 2016.
In 2017 she also published her first fiction work with Il-Vjaġġatauri taż-Żmien, the first book in her Il-Vinkulari series aimed at young readers.