Theatre Arts

A typical day of classes at Masquerade.
A quick peek at some of our teens in action!
Recreational Drama (Ages 3-4yrs / 1hr 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. Groups are kept to a maximum of 10 students to guarantee personal attention.

Masq 2021 App Form 3-5 Yrs

Theatre Arts Package (Ages 4-5yrs / 1.5hr weekly)

Students attend a weekly group session in drama, dance and singing.

Masq 2021 App Form 3-5 Yrs

Theatre Arts Package (Ages 5-6yrs & 6-7yrs / 2hrs weekly)

Students attend a weekly group session in drama, dance and singing.

Masq 2021 App Form 5 7 Yrs

Theatre Arts Package (Ages 8-9yrs, 10-11yrs & 11-12yrs / 3hrs weekly)

Students attend a weekly group session in acting, dance and singing, that prepare students for group examinations assessed by Trinity College London. Students aged 7 years plus can opt to take one-on-one classes leading to solo exams in Acting, Devised Drama and/or Musical Theatre. These exams are accredited by the Malta Qualifications Council (MQC).

Masq 2021 App Form 8-16 Yrs

Masquerade Plus (Ages 13-16 yrs / 4hrs weekly)

Students attend a weekly group session in acting, theatre dance, singing and tap or contemporary dance. These classes prepare students for group examinations assessed by Trinity College London. Students can opt to take one-on-one classes leading to solo exams in Acting, Devised Drama and/or Musical Theatre. These exams are accredited by the Malta Qualifications Council (MQC).

Masq 2021 App Form 8-16 Yrs

Acting Beginners (Ages 16+yrs / 2.5hrs weekly)

Launch Yourself into the World of Acting

These weekly classes are aimed at adults who would like to learn more about the world of acting but have little or no experience in the field. Step by step, students will be able to master the first key skills of an actor. Each session is designed to enable students to discover and develop different key skills.

The course will run over 3 terms, with 10 sessions per term.

Masq 2021 App Form 16+Yrs

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 Master in Teaching and Learning (Drama) with Distinction, and is a Drama teacher by profession. She has formed part of Teatru Manoel’s Toi Toi Collective and previously formed part of TMYT (Teatru Manoel Youth Theatre). She was a member of Masquerade Physical Theatre Company and was also a student at Masquerade School for the Performing Arts, from the age of four. She has also attended various courses at a number of prestigious institutions such as, RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art), Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and Pineapple Studios. She has taken part in a number of performances including; Amadeus (Masquerade Theatre Company), Jean, where memories live (TTC), The Wasteland (Valletta 18), Shakespeare in Pieces (TMYT) Blind Date Inc. (MADC) and The House of Bernarda Alba (A Nutshell Theatre, UK), amongst others. Maria is now looking forwarding to playing the role of Superintendent in Masquerade Theatre Company’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist. Maria was also director of Masquerade Teen Company during which time the company performed both in Malta and in the UK, under her direction. She has also lectured Theatre and Performance at the G.F. Abela, Junior College. Maria is thrilled to be directing the Masquerade Junior Company this year!
Stephen Oliver (Drama/Acting/Dialogue Coaching for Film)
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 40 years in the UK, the USA and Europe. Having lived in Malta for 6 years he has appeared in Masquerade’s Noises Off, Puss in Boots and Alice in Wonderland. 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, Death and the Maiden, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Memory of Water and Amadeus. Unintended and The Acrobat for Unifaun, Metamorphosis for the Malta International Arts Festival and The Tempest for MADC. For MADC he has appeared in Black Comedy and She Stoops to Conquer and Skylight . In October he will be appearing in the Malta premiere of the critically acclaimed Certified Male and then as Jafar in Aladdin for MADC at the MFCC. Stephen has been teaching for Masquerade for 6 years and has directed IT SNOWS, STATUS UPDATE and THE ACCORDION SHOP for Teen Company and THE MOBILE PHONE SHOW for Junior Company.
Tina Rizzo (Drama/Acting)
Tina Rizzo is a Maltese London based actor, who graduated from Arts Educational Schools London, with a Masters in Acting (2019). Tina is also a BA (Hons) Theatre Studies graduate (2017), who has been performing professionally since 2012. After 15 years attending Masquerade Theatre Arts Company, she successfully obtained her ATCL Diploma in Speech and Drama (2013). In 2015 she became a member of Teatru Manoel Youth Theatre. Her credits with TMYT include; HUSH (2018) as Clementine Pickles, Disco Pigs (2016) as Runt, and CLUB (2016) performed at the Chrysalis Festival (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh). In July 2018, Tina joined the cast of MARA (The New Victorians), which was staged at the Eden Court in Inverness, (part of the National Theatre of Scotland exchange 2018). MARA was later staged at VAULT Festival, London and at the Pleasance King Dome at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival (both 2019). Tina is also an original member of the theatre company Fancy Another? devising and starring in the production Shaping Dust, performed at The Tristan Bates Theatre (2019) and at The Cockpit (2020). Tina has nearly 10 years of teaching experience under her belt. She began teaching in 2012 at Masquerade School for the Performing Arts, focusing on group and individual classes, preparing students for their Trinity College exams. In 2019 she started teaching at Elizabeth Samuels Drama School (Twickenham, London), focusing on group classes and devising techniques. In 2020 Tina worked alongside Steven Hudson (MA ArtsEd) as an outreach officer for ArtsEd, leading workshops on ‘Audition Techniques’ around the UK for ‘A’ Level and BA drama students.
Ema Marie Attard (Drama/Acting)
Starting ballet at the tender age of three, the arts have always been a vital part of Ema Marie Attard's life. After falling in love with dance and movement, she took classes in Ballet, Jazz, Ballroom, Latin and Flamenco. She has chosen to specialise in Flamenco and now performs and teaches with Alegria Dance Company. After discovering her passion for dance at such a young age, it wasn’t long before she ventured into drama and found another passion in that aspect of theatre. Past productions include 'Seussical the Musical', 'A year and a day', 'Heartbreak Beautiful', 'Lucky Stiff - the Musical' and Masquerade's pantomimes 'Jack and the Beanstalk' and ‘Little Red Riding Hood & you know who’. She has also worked on a number of productions behind the scenes in Assistant Stage Manager roles. After attending many years of classes at Masquerade School for the Performing Arts, it felt like home and she became a drama tutor there teaching students ages 3-16. She has been with the school as a tutor for over 8 years.
Chaya Fenech (Drama/Musical Theatre)
Chaya Fenech is a Secondary School English teacher, as well as a Performing Arts teacher. When she is not teaching or singing, she loves getting lost in a different universe; reading BOOKS! She has training in singing, dancing and acting, which she practiced for 7 years with Masquerade Malta. She also spent an additional 6 years training in Classical Ballet and a year doing Cecchetti Ballet. Furthermore, she attended individual singing lessons for around 7 years, starting off with Masquerade, followed by lessons given by Ms Rachel Fabri and Ms Dorothy Bezzina. She’s taken part in various performances, such as "Thirteen" by Masuqerade, "Phantom of the Opera" by Grapevine, "Treasure Island Panto" by MADC, "Puss in Boots Panto" by Masquerade, "Cinderella", "Jack and the Beanstalk' “Aladdin” by MADC.
Maria Eleonora Zammit (Singing/Vocals)
Maria Eleonora Zammit is a qualified teacher, graduating in B.Ed. (Hons) from the Universita’ ta’ Malta and specialising in the Expressive Arts. Having started her career as a Drama Activity Teacher with the Malta Education Department in 2003/2004, Maria Eleonora then went on to teach at St Ignatius College Luqa. She started teaching Singing and Vocal Technique at Masquerade Theatre Arts School in 2010 and stayed on till 2014. She stopped for a period of time to further her studies and returned to the team again in 2017, both as a tutor and as Tweedle Dum in Masquerade’s Pantomime ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Maria Eleonora is a professional soprano who has performed both as a soloist and as part of ensembles in a number of venues around the Maltese islands. She started her vocal training with Dame Marie Therese Vassallo and specialised in opera studies with Ms. Miriam Cauchi and Ms. Karmene Radovska through Teatru Manoel’s Education Programme Toi Toi, where she formed part of the Teatru Manoel Youth Opera group. She recently finished her Diploma in Performance at the Malta School of Music, where she passed with distinction in all four disciplines of Solo Performance, Chamber Performance, History and Musical Analysis as well as Musicianship.
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.
Valerie Burke (Dance/Hip Hop/Tap)
As a young dancer, she started her training in 1996 at The Alison White Dance Studio at the age of 6 where she studied BTDA Classical Ballet, Tap and Modern Jazz. In 2010 she was awarded a scholarship to further her training at Leicester School of Performing Arts in the UK, where she trained for 2 years and gained her Trinity Diploma in Dance and Musical Theatre. Whilst in the UK Valerie performed in several musical productions such as A Chorus Line and How to Succeed without Really Trying at the Peepul’s Theatre in Leicester. Whilst training she was also chosen to take part in several productions in the Uk such as Move It in London and other school productions. After graduating from Leicester School of Performing Arts she then moved back to Malta and started her dance teaching career. Valerie teaches Modern Jazz, Hip-hop, Ballet and tap in several schools around the island such as The Alison White Dance Studio, Masquerade Theatre School, School Of Performing Arts by Drama Troupe, Pauleen’s Dance Studio, Johane Casabene Dance Conservatore and also Centre Stage Academy in Gozo. In 2014 Valerie returned back to England to further her dance qualifications with the British Theatre Dance Association where she is studying to qualify as a BTDA dance teacher. She is currently provisionally registered to teach BTDA until obtaining her full Diploma. Whilst in Malta Valerie took part in several productions such as Gensna as one of the main dancers, The Eurovision song contest, St. Helena the musical, Ghanja tal poplu, Bay Music Awards, Malta Sports awards and in opening ceremony of CHOGM in 2015. Valerie was a resident dancer in several TV shows such as Pjazza and Hadd Ghalik on TVM. Valerie performed in various Cabaret productions and weekly shows in several hotels and venues around Malta such as The Corinthia Hotel, Sea Bank Hotel, The Mellieha Bay Hotel and Casino Malta. She currently also forms part of The Alison White Dancers.
Shanon Deguara (Dance/Tap/Ballet)
Shanon started her dance training in Tap, Modern Jazz, Classical Ballet, Spanish and contemporary dance at the age of 4 at the Alison White Dance Studio (Malta). In 2003, she participated in the opening ceremony for the Games of the Small States of Europe and was awarded a scholarship to the Leicester College of Performing Arts at the age of 11. In Summer 2014, Shanon represented Malta and its culture in the Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival in Glasgow. She graduated with a Bachelor in Dance Studies (Honours) from the University of Malta in 2015 where she formed part of the University dance cohort touring Malta and Spain performing choreographies by Dorian Mallia (Malta), Yoshua Cienfuegos (Spain) and Athanasia Kanellopoulou (Greece). Shanon was awarded a place on the Kibbutz Dance Journey program in Israel and performed for her Majesty the Queen during the CHOGM opening ceremony in November 2015. She is frequently given the opportunity to perform in National projects and festivals such as Notte Bianca and Science in the City, both considered as important spectacles for Malta. As a freelance dance artist, she teaches in various dance schools around the island. Shanon is currently reading for a Master in Education degree, through which she aims to broaden her understanding of how to best assist students with cultivating their creativity whilst refining their dance technique.
Liah Thorley (Acting/Dialect Accents Coach)
Liah Thorley studied performing arts at Italia Conti Academy in London where she discovered a natural flair for reproducing accents. She also has a degree in English Language and Linguistics from the University of Kingston Upon Thames. As well as many years of experience as an actor she has coached professional actors in accents and dialect for stage and screen.

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