Our speakers for the ETC International Theatre Conference, Malta 28 - 31 October 2021.
Last updated: 14 October 2021
Thursday 28 October - Conference opening and official reception
Serge Rangoni is the artistic director & general manager of Théâtre de Liège/Belgium and has been President of the ETC Board of Directors since 2017. He studied at the Conservatoire of Brussels.
After working in various theatre institutions and at the Ministry of Culture, he was designated in 2004 as General Manager of Théâtre de Liège. Under his leadership, the theatre received the titles of “European center of theatrical creation and choreography” and “Centres for Drama” in the French-speaking area of Belgium, affirming its role in theatrical and dance productions and their dissemination to local and international audiences.
Since his arrival at its head, the institution has developed considerably, with now an audience of 65,000 and more than 180 performances a season. Théâtre de Liège is today the leading stage in Wallonia.
Friday 29 October - Conference Welcome
Heidi Wiley is Executive Director of the European Theatre Convention (ETC). Since 2009 she has established ETC as a European network with an international programme of artistic collaboration, professional development and advocacy for Europe’s public theatres spanning more than 25 countries.
Under her leadership, ETC became a strategic partner of the European Commission and was awarded European prizes for youth theatre and digital theatre productions in the fields of audience development and cultural heritage as organisation for its outstanding achievement.
She was invited to the European Expert Network on Culture and Audiovisual (EENCA) as expert author and co-initiated the European Theatre Forum with the European Commission and German EU Council Presidency.
Heidi started her career as international producer and touring manager for artists Victoria Chaplin and the Tiger Lillies, touring around Europe and Asia at major festivals and theatre venues. A studied cultural manager with degrees from La Sorbonne and Leuphana University, she lived and worked over the last 20 years in the UK, US, France and Germany.
Friday 29 October - Keynote "The Art of In-Betweenness"
Dr Toni Sant is the Director of the University of Salford\'s Digital Curation Lab at MedaCityUK. Between 2014 and 2020 he was the artistic director of Spazju Kreattiv, Malta\'s National Centre for Creativity, in Valletta.
He is a former theatre maker with a career spanning back to the 1980s. After completing his PhD in Performance Studies at New York University in 2013, Toni moved away from conventional theatre making to focus on the presentation of live art on the Internet. Since 2011, he is also an associate editor of the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media.
Saturday 30 October - Conference on the Future of Europe
Director for Culture, Creativity and Sport in DG EAC. Prior to that Tamás SZŰCS was the Head of Representation of the EC in Hungary, Director for Strategy in DG COMM, and Head of Cabinet for two Commissioners in the Prodi and Barroso Commissions.
As a diplomat, he was the coordinator of Hungary’s Accession Negotiations and its first "Antici" official. He is the author and editor of several books and specialist publications on European integration, studied law, political science and aesthetics in Budapest and Oxford.
A Palestinian theatre director and writer based in Haifa. He began his theatrical career after receiving his BA from the University of Haifa Theatre department in 2011.
Murkus is a founding member of Khashabi Ensemble and, since 2015, he is the artistic director of the Khashabi Theatre, an Independent Palestinian theatre based in Haifa. His works have been staged in theatres in Brussels, Genk, Gent, Antwerp, Bern, Dublin, Marseilles, Paris, Tunis, Berlin, Hanover, Avignon, Rome and New York. He also teaches acting and directing at various academic and arts institutions in Haifa and Europe.
Maria M Delgado is Professor and Director of Research at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London.
She has published widely in areas of transnational and Spanish-language theatre and film; her fourteen books include the co-edited Contemporary European Theatre Directors (Routledge, 2010, revised and reissued 2020) and Contemporary European Playwrights (Routledge 2020). She writes on film and theatre for a range of publications including Sight & Sound, European Stages and The Theatre Times and has a long track record of work in film programming and curation
Saturday 30 October - Participatory Readings
Vikesh Godhwani is a London based award-winning freelance theatre director, writer, producer & workshop facilitator & the co-artistic director of Chalk Line Theatre.
Vikesh worked as an assistant producer for multi-award winning, China Plate, and his freelance producing credits include Santi & Naz (The Thelmas) & She Sells Sea Shells (Scandal & Gallows Theatre). His directing credits include the Panto in the Dark Series (Teatru Malta, Spazju Kreattiv), Fab Fantasy Fables with Chucky (Ziguzajg) & The Nobodies (Vault Festival, UK tour, The Pleasance, London & Spazju Kreattiv, Malta) Vikesh has a Masters in Arts & Cultural Management from King's College London, is a Stage One bursary recipient, a Malta Arts Award recipient & most recently has been nominated for an OffFest Award & Standing Ovation Award in the UK for The Nobodies.
Marta Vella is the Artistic Director of ŻiguŻajg International Arts Festival for Children & Young People as well as an Associate Artist with Teatru Malta.
She has co-written and co-directed the critically acclaimed Panto in the Dark series with Teatru Malta for which GawGaw won the prize for Best Innovation at the Malta Arts Awards. Her performance credits include: Complicité's Everything That Rises Must Dance, Akakiy in The Overcoat (Scandal and Gallows), The Queen of Hearts in Alice's Adventures Underground (Les Enfants Terribles) & Woman in Then The Square Grew Dark (Bloomsbury Theatre). She has trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA, London) and is a Stage One bursary recipient.
Simone Spiteri is a writer, director and actor.
She set up her own theatre company, Dù, in 2004 and her written and directed work has been performed in Denmark, Egypt, Sicily, Spain and Macedonia, the US and France. She won first prize in the National Francis Ebejer contest for playwriting and is a published author with Merlin Publishers. She recently won the National Book Prize 2020 for her plays Repubblika Immakulata and Appuntamenti. She is currently the Director of Learning of Studio 18 and a freelance writer and theatre-maker. She is also an Associate Director with the national theatre company Teatru Malta, an acting member on the MEIA (Malta Entertainment Industry Association) theatre sub-committee and an advisory artist for Write Local Play Global.