Dr Nicole Bugeja

Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies

I joined the Department of Performing Arts at the University of Chester in 2015. Prior to that, I taught Drama and Theatre Studies at the University of Malta for seven years. I am interested in contemporary actor training techniques, specifically psychophysical and vocal work, devised performance, mind training and improvisation. I have been a performer, training leader and recently director in the research-based group Icarus Performance Project since 2003.

Qualifications

Ph.D. - University of Malta - 2013

M.A. - University of Malta - 2007
 
B.A. Hons. - University of Malta - 2004

Overview

I'm from Malta. I was awarded a Ph.D. degree from the University of Malta, which focused on improvisation dynamics in performance. The Ph.D. was related to my practice-based research on psychophysical and vocal performance that I have been conducting with Icarus Performance Project (www.icarusproject.info) since 2003. I have also trained with international laboratory theatre masters including in Italy, Poland and Sweden. I am particularly interested in exploring possibilities of improvisation in performance and my current PaR project focuses on mindfulness and movement meditation techniques for actor training.

Teaching

I teach across a range of subjects, mainly in the practice-based areas of movement and voice for performers, twentieth and twenty-first century drama and theatre realities, intercultural and world performance, and devised performance practices.

Research

Following my Ph.D. on the collective improvisation work of Swedish practitioner Ingemar Lindh, my current research follows two strands: a) mind training as found in martial arts and meditation practices and its application to performer training; b) the European aesthetic of dance-theatre.

Published work

2015: "A Motivation to Move: Juxtaposing the Practices of Ingemar Lindh and Pina Bausch" in Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, (Routledge, forthcoming).

2015: "M-Project: Performing Medea through Mindfulness Meditation". An ongoing Practice as Research Project. First demonstration of current research held in Malta (January).

2012: "Sharing Vocal Energy: Ingemar Lindh and the Institutet för Scenkonst". Academic paper delivered during The History of Sound in Theatre, conference held at the University of Montreal. 

2012: “The Influence of Tai Chi Chuan in Ingemar Lindh’s Practice of Collective Improvisation”. Academic Paper delivered during TaPRA 2012 conference at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. 

2012: "X-Project: Imagine - The Institutet för Scenkonst in Strömstad, Sweden" – an academic report following regular doctoral fieldwork research on the work of the Institutet för Scenkonst.

2011: “Ingemar Lindh: Academic Perspectives”. Academic Paper presented during Ingemar Lindh and Norwegian Theatre, conference held within the Porsgrunn International Theatre Festival organised by Grenland Friteater, Porsgrunn, Norway.

2009: “Grotowski’s Legacy of ‘Research’: An observation on survival strategies”. Academic Paper presented during Jerzy Grotowski: Theatre and Beyond, conference organised by the British Grotowski Project at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK, for the UNESCO-designated ‘Year of Grotowski’. 

2007: Performer in Risk: El Riesgo de La Reina by Icarus Performance Project (Malta) directed by Frank Camilleri and presented within Summer University of Performing Arts, University of Malta. 

2006: Performer in La Reina: A Vocal Structure by Icarus Performance Project (Malta) directed by Frank Camilleri and presented within Summer University of Performing Arts, University of Malta.

2006: "Learning through the Prophetess: Observing, Training, Performing" – a chapter in Lamentations of Cain – Dramaturgy of a Performance Process.

2005: “Apprenticeship – A Personal Observation”. Research paper delivered during the Closing Conference of Summer University of Performing Arts, University of Malta.

2005: Performer in Lamentations of Cain by Icarus Performance Project (Malta) directed by Frank Camilleri and presented within Summer University of Performing Arts, University of Malta.

2004: Performer in AmargoTwo – by Icarus Performance Project (Malta) as a special presentation for La Navigation du Savoir and The Festival of Historic Cities.