Theatre Arts

Junior School (Ages 3-5yrs / 1 - 1.5hrs weekly)

Sessions are designed to introduce young students to the world of drama, dance and song. At this stage it focuses on helping young students interact with each other, build confidence, self-esteem and communication skills. All this is achieved through drama activities, creative movement, storytelling and song. Classes have been specifically created and adapted for this age group, with an emphasis on enjoyment and fun for the young students, all in a supportive and fun environment. Students aged 3-5 years can opt to attend 1hr sessions either once a week or twice a week.

Middle School (Ages 6-7yrs / 2hrs weekly)

A variety of classes in drama, dance and singing that prepare students for the initial individual and group examinations assessed by Trinity College London, which are also accredited by the Malta Qualifications Council (MQC). Students aged 6 years attend 1.5hr sessions and 7-8 year olds attend 2hr weekly sessions.

Senior School (Ages 8-19yrs / 3 - 4hrs weekly)

A range of specialised classes in drama, dance and singing that prepare students for the intermediate and advanced individual and group examinations assessed by Trinity College London, which are also accredited by the Malta Qualifications Council (MQC). Students aged 8 -12 years attend 3hr weekly sessions and students aged 13+ attend 4hr weekly sessions.


Adult Acting Programme

The Acting Programme is aimed at adults interested in a vocational approach to performance. Students attend weekly sessions and will bring together all of the skills they have acquired to work towards PERFORMANCE IN PRODUCTION (a Trinity College London qualification), in which they become part of a performance company and stage a full scale production.

Tutors

Petra Sant (Drama/Acting)
Masquerade has been an integral part of Petra’s life for the past 15 years. She first started off as a Masquerade student, and then at the age of 18, moved on to teaching, something she is really passionate about. Petra’s performance credits include; ‘A Year and A Day’, ‘DNA’, and ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ for Masquerade, Citizenship and Peter Panto for MADC, ‘Three Sunsets’ and ‘Rubbish’ with TMYT. She also won the 2014 Malta International Theatre Festival award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, for her performance in Frolic Theatre’s ‘Coco’s Fabulous Speed Dating Soiree’. As Director of Masquerade’s Junior Company, Petra directed two Plays in 2016, ‘The Light in the Library’ and ‘Big Bad’. Petra also forms part of the Teatru Manoel Youth Theatre.
Maria Cristina Caruana (Drama/Acting)
Maria graduated with a Masters in Arts Management, Policy and Practice from the University of Manchester in 2015 after completing her undergraduate degree in a Theatre Studies at the University of Malta. She was a student at Masquerade School for the Performing Arts and completed all her Trinity College London examinations including her ATCL Teaching and ATCL Performing Diplomas. She has also completed her Trinity singing examinations under the tuition of Gillian Zammit. She has taken part in the performances UNLOCKED, Coco’s Fabulous Speed Dating Soiree, The House of Bernarda Alba (UK), and Blind Date Inc. for the MADC One Act Play Festival for which she received a Best Actress Nomination. She has also taken part in three Christmas pantomimes and has performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London, in Voices and in the Joseph Calleja concerts. Maria has taught drama at Masquerade since 2011. She is also a part-time lecturer of Theatre and Performance at G.F Abela Junior College.
Jasmine Farrugia (Drama/Acting)
From a young Jasmine has attended The School Of Performing Arts where she trained in singing, acting and dancing. Jasmine trains currently in musical theatre and acting under Gillian Zammit and Denise Mulholland respectively. In recent years Jasmine has taken part in several productions including MADC’s The Prime of Ms Jean Brodie as Sandy Stranger. In 2018 she was nominated for Youth Artist of the Year by the Malta Arts Council. Other performances include, Romeo and Juliet, Midsummers Night Dream, Treasure Island and The Taming of the Shrew. She recently played principal girl in Masquerade’s Christmas Pantomime, Alice in Wonderland.
Stephen Oliver (Acting)
Stephen trained as a professional actor at The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He has worked professionally as an actor and director for over 30 years in the UK, the USA and Europe. Having lived in Malta for 4 years he has appeared in Masquerade’s Noises Off and as the baddie in Puss in Boots at the Manoel last year, For FM Productions he was the Sheriff in Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood at the Manoel. Since his arrival In Malta he has directed the Blue Box inaugural production of Festen and more recently Death and the Maiden, Unintended for Unifaun and Metamorphosis for the Malta International Arts Festival. In 2015 he directed One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at the Teatru Manoel and Butterflies are Free at St James Cavalier. For MADC he has appeared in Black Comedy and She Stoops to Conquer and recently in Skylight . In February 2018 he directed The Memory of Water for Masquerade at Blue Box.
Kristina Frendo (Singing/Vocals)
Having graduated in Psychology and is now teaching PSCD, Tina has always loved the arts. She trained at Masquerade from a young age and has recently obtained her ATCL in Performing Arts. She studied singing under the direction of Gillian Zammit. Theatre experience includes Masquerade's Pantomimes; 'Jack and the Beanstalk', 'Aladdin', 'The Curse of Snow White’, and she has also played Principle Boy in Masquerade’s last Pantomime ‘Little Red Riding Hood and You Know Who’. Other shows include Masquerade's Musical 'Jekyll and Hyde', 'Rita La Porta' in Masquerade's musical 'Lucky Stiff' and Nurse Flinn in ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’. She was the vocal coach for Masquerade’s Musical ‘The Little Mermaid Jr’ and will now be coaching singers in Masquerade’s upcoming Pantomime ‘Puss in Boots’. She has also performed at the Royal Albert Hall in a Beatles' tribute concert and forms part of the Voices Choir.
Joseph Zammit (Singing/Vocals)
Joseph Zammit is a B.A.(Hons) graduate in History and works as a professional tenor and actor who has performed in over 50 different productions in the last seven years, both in Malta and abroad. He has played major roles in operas (Il Trovatore and Die Schauspieldirektor) as well as performed in leading theatrical roles, most notably; Yvan in ART (WhatsTheirNames Theatre), various roles in When You Hear My Voice (with Dr. Bruce Wall, London Shakespeare Workout), Rudge in The History Boys (Masquerade), Autolycus in A Winter's Tale (MADC), Romeo in Romeo and Juliet 2 (& a Zombie), (Revolt Productions) and most recently George in A Handbag (Masquerade). Joseph has also performed leading roles in musicals, such as Blue Woodward in The Great Big Radio Show (MADC), one of the four starring singers in the Musical theatre based concert A Night at the Theatre (PBS) and, the latest, playing the part of 'Alessandro' in 1565 – The Musical, in concert (Masquerade). He has even written and performed for a number of burlesque and vaudeville shows. He is now also well known for his frequent stand up shows and routines and is being asked more sketches having written for 'Comedy Knights' and most recently, 'Fourplay Four'. Joseph also stars in children's theatre with Malcolm Galea in the 'More or Less' series with The Complete History of Malta (More or Less) and Everything You Need to Know About Science (More or Less). Together with Malcolm Galea, Joseph has also written and performed for a TV series LIFT. Taking it as a yearly tradition, Joseph has also played leading roles in seven consecutive pantos, five for Masquerade and three for MADC.
Mederick Gentes
Classes will be conducted by Mederick Gentes, a French theatre practitioner with more than 15 years experience in theatre practice. Mederick is a creative and passionate teacher dedicated to fostering students in a centred studio environment based on mutual respect and collaboration. He has worked extensively in a variety of cultural environments including Italy, France, Belgium, Malta and Tunisia.

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Oscar Zammit Street, Msida MSD1280, Malta

Office Number

(+356) 2124 6619

School Number

(+356) 2124 6644