MASQUERADE engages, inspires, entertains and challenges audiences with theatrical productions that range from the classics to new works; we train and support the next generation of theatre-makers; we provide arts education programmes that promote life-long learning to a diverse community; we collaborate and develop innovative partnerships with arts practitioners.
Masquerade Malta is a creative industries enterprise that provides a variety of high-quality theatre events throughout the year that take place in different venues around Malta. Established in 1997 this innovative company has a formidable body of work under its belt, surprising the public with new styles of theatre, musicals, classic plays, side-splitting comedies, and a standard of professionalism that never fails to impress.
In October 2012, Masquerade launched their new premises, M Space – A Hub for Inspiring Exchange, which is fast becoming Malta’s space for the performing arts. This seven-storey building is comprised of 14 state-of-art studios, a fully-equipped Music Studio, an intimate theatre space, Blue Box and its very own food outlet. The building incorporates both MASQUERADE School for the Performing Arts and Masquerade Theatre Company. It also houses the office of the National Representative for Trinity College London exams. With the intention of promoting theatre and culture in Malta, Masquerade Theatre Company constantly endeavours to provide a variety of high-quality productions, giving both new and well-established actors, singers and dancers the chance to perform. Masquerade’s objectives also include offering exchanges with foreign companies, and promoting cultural tourism. By running its own casting agency, Masquerade continues to support this idea by providing actors for local and foreign commercials and films. Masquerade also uses its theatre experience to help corporate companies to organise team building and training events.
With exciting projects in the pipe-line, and new talent constantly emerging, Masquerade’s development is forever progressing.
anthony bezzina has been established as a theatre director for over 35 years. He trained at the Manoel Theatre Academy of Dramatic Arts (M.T.A.D.A.) and at Webber Douglas in London. In 2018, Tony has obtained an FTCL Diploma in Directing from Trinity College London.
Following various theatrical experiences in Malta, together with his wife Veronica, they launched their own theatre company Masquerade in 1997, a year that would initiate the start of many exciting productions and projects. anthony has led the vision to establish and lead the Masquerade School for the Performing Arts. He has taught, mentored and directed drama students over the past 20 years and is also the National Manager of Trinity College London in Malta. His theatre work has taken him to the US, UK, Italy and other European countries. He is currently working on a number of European and international cultural projects, establishing links with both national and international partners.
Anthony has recently been awarded the Cross of Merit and Distinction Honor by the Federation of Autonomous Priories of the Sovereigh Order of St. John of Jerusalem, for the outstanding work done for the development, progress and promotion of the Performing Arts and Culture in Malta.
Veronica Bezzina trained in acting at the Manoel Theatre Academy of Dramatic Arts (1981-84). Her favourite theatre credits include - Servant of Two Masters, Saturday Sunday Monday, The Dresser, and the pantomimes Robinson Crusoe, Goldilocks & the Three Bears, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. During the last 30 years, Veronica has also coordinated and supervised costumes for several big shows and productions. In 1997, together with her husband anthony bezzina, Veronica set up Masquerade Theatre Company. A year later they set up Masquerade School for the Performing Arts, which she now runs on a full time basis with much energy and dedication. Veronica was also instrumental in the realization of their new performing arts centre, M Space which was launched in 2012.
Veronica’s theatre work has also taken her to the UK, Italy and other European countries and to date is working on a number of European and international cultural projects, establishing links with both national and international partners.
Josette Vella is the Operations Executive for Masquerade Malta. She started working for Masquerade in 2003 and quickly immersed herself in different roles within the Masquerade family including becoming a student of theatre arts with Masquerade’s School for the Performing Arts, the school’s coordinator for Trinity College London Speech and Drama examinations, and performing the role of ASM for various Masquerade Theatre Company productions. Her home away from home for more than 15 years, watching the company name grow and develop, Masquerade will always hold a special place in her heart.
Mariella Galea has been associated with Masquerade Malta for over 20 years, ever since her elder son started attending Masquerade Theatre Arts School in 2001 at the previous school’s premises in Floriana. Her love for the theatre and our school continued to grow and nurture over the years, through the attendance and participation of her second son, from his early childhood and throughout his teenage years. Now in his early years of adulthood, he continues to form part of the Youth Theatre Company. Today, Mariella assists the school in its accounts and administration functions.
One of the original Masquerade staff members, Anthony was already staff back when Masquerade first launched in 1998. He has been involved backstage in all of Masquerade's productions up to 2005. Returning to Masquerade in 2018, Anthony is now the Premises Manager for M Space, responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the premises.