Siparju: Borża ta’ Studju


What is the intention behind Siparju?

Malta lacks comprehensive and reliable literature about the history of theatre-making in the country. To address this, the Department of Theatre Studies has created structures and opportunities for the study of theatre in Malta in its various manifestations. 


Why we need you 

To take this research to the next level, the Department of Theatre Studies is collaborating with Teatru Malta to offer a scholarship to pursue a PhD in Theatre Studies at the University of Malta. The selected candidate will be working on a thesis relating to the history of theatre in Malta as agreed with the project supervisors and Teatru Malta. The project will entail different methods of collecting data, including working on archival material and interviewing practitioners, and will aim at making an important contribution to the acquisition of knowledge about the history of theatre in Malta as well as disseminating and popularising literature about the subject that is both historically and theoretically sound. 


Work carried out thus far by the Department of Theatre Studies 

Throughout the years, the department has delivered study-units in the subject at undergraduate level and encouraged students to approach this field of research for undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations. Members of the department have also spearheaded the creation of a digital archive which has brought together large amounts of data relating to performance in the Maltese islands that may be accessed through the performing arts digital archive


About the Department of Theatre Studies

The Department of Theatre Studies is a vibrant department within the School of Performing Arts. It attracts undergraduate and postgraduate students from Malta and many other countries, who study in an environment that develops both academic rigour as well as other skills that make graduates from the department attractive to employers in the theatre industry, the cultural sector and beyond. The department strives to encourage interdisciplinarity, with students encountering and working with peers from other departments in the School as well as from other entities within the university. The department provides opportunities for students at every level to learn from and work with practitioners and academics from various parts of the world and with a wide range of backgrounds. Postgraduates especially are encouraged to contribute to the various research communities that exist within the School. 

Further information can be found here and here. The selected candidate will be working with Prof. Vicki Ann Cremona and Dr Marco Galea as supervisors.


About Vicki Ann Cremona

Vicki Ann Cremona is chair of the School of Performing Arts at the University of Malta. She graduated from the Université de Provence, France and was a visiting scholar at Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge. She was ambassador of Malta to France between 2005 and 2009, and to Tunisia between 2009 and 2013. She is an executive member of the International Federation of Theatre Research (IFTR) and has contributed towards founding Icarus Publishing Enterprise, a joint initiative between TARF, Odin Teatret (Denmark) and The Grotowski Institute (Poland). She has various international publications, mainly about theatrical events and public celebration, particularly carnival, commedia dell’arte, theatre anthropology, Maltese theatre and costume. Her most recent book publication is entitled: Carnival and Power: Play and Politics in a Crown Colony (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).

Her Orcid profile can be viewed here.


About Marco Galea

Marco Galea graduated in Maltese and Italian from the University of Malta and was awarded a Master’s degree in Maltese Literature. He went on to study theatre at the University of Birmingham in the U.K. where he was awarded a PhD. He is a senior lecturer in theatre and director of research of the School of Performing Arts at the University of Malta. He has published several works on Maltese theatre history and on postcolonial theatre, and edited volumes on Maltese and European theatre-makers. A book of theatre reviews he edited won the Malta National Book Council Prize for Research for 2017.  He was also active in the voluntary sector, serving as president of the Malta Union of Writers (L-Akkademja tal-Malti) between 2005 and 2007. His most recent book publication is Redefining Theatre Communities (co-edited with Szabolcs Musca for Intellect Books, 2020).

His Orcid profile can be viewed here.


What will be expected from the chosen candidate

🎓The chosen candidate will write a research proposal in collaboration with the project supervisors which will be submitted to the University of Malta for its approval. 

🎓The thesis will be written in English, which is the official language of instruction of the University of Malta. Candidates should also have a good working knowledge of Maltese, as a written and spoken medium. 

🎓The chosen candidate will be given opportunities and will be expected to disseminate their work through participation in academic seminars and conferences, academic publishing and other avenues. Considering the interest that this research is expected to generate on a national level, the candidate should expect opportunities to disseminate findings through local mass media. 

🎓Training in different methods of gathering, processing and analysing data will be provided as necessary.

🎓Teatru Malta will be investing in a website documenting the history of Maltese theatre. The chosen candidate will be responsible to provide the data required to populate this virtual timeline. 


To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must be in possession of:

🎓A Master’s degree, or a First Class Honours degree, in Theatre Studies or a similar subject. 

More Information

Further information about PhD studies at the University of Malta can be accessed here 

Individuals who are interested in applying for this scholarship are encouraged to contact Dr Marco Galea ( with regards to queries of an academic nature; and Ms Teresa Parry ( for queries of an administrative nature.

Applications will open in September 2021 through the University of Malta with the PhD programme to begin in October 2021.

This initiative is also possible thanks to the contribution of the Ministry for Education.