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André Agius

Director City of Edinburgh

André (He/Him) is an Edinburgh-based Maltese Theatre Director, currently reading for an MFA in Directing at Edinburgh Napier University, under the mentorship of Mark Thomson and formerly, May Sumbwanyambe; after previously being awarded his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Theatre Studies. 

In Malta, André has directed numerous works, including David Hare’s ‘Skylight’, ‘Watts in the Dark’ for the Ħolqa International Festival, A translation of Harold Pinter’s ‘The Hot House’ (Is-Serra) for Malta’s National Theatre - Teatru Malta, and an adaption of Henrik Ibsen’s ‘Peer Gynt’ with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra.

André was also ‘Assistant to the Artistic Director of the CHOGM 2016’ and was ‘Assistant Festival Coordinator’ during the 2017 edition of EFFE labelled 'ŻiguŻajg International Arts Festival for Children & Young People'.

During the 2020 edition of Malta’s ‘National Arts Awards - Il-Premju għall-Arti’, André was awarded the ‘Young Artist of the Year’; while his originally devised and directed play ‘2.0 Watts in the Dark’, won the ‘Audience Choice Award’.

André is interested in work which feels urgent, honest and relevant; His directing style focuses on investigating and exposing the truth behind the work, with aesthetics influenced by magic realism.

Credits

2020:
- Director, TEN based on Boccaccio's Decameron, Teatru Manoel, 5 nights, 2020

2019:
- Director, The Arborist, St Augustine's Church - Edinburgh, 1 night, 2019.
- Director, DripFeed, The Wine Vault Montekristo - Malta, 6 nights, 2019.

2018:
- Director, The Misadventures of Peer Gynt, Manoel Theatre- Malta, 3 nights, 2018.
- Director, Halloween Murder Mystery, Carob Tree Food Court - Malta, 3 nights, 2018.
- Director, 2.0 Watts in the Dark, St Dominic Hall - Malta, 6 shows, 2018.
- Director, Baxx Baxx, Manoel Theatre - Malta, 3 nights, 2018.
-Director, Karen’s Career, Esplora Interactive Science Centre - Malta, 6 nights, 2018.
- Director, The Hot House (Is-Serra), Mount Carmel Theatre - Malta, 6 nights, 2018.
- Director, Watts in the Dark, The Crypt - Malta, 3 nights, 2018.

2017:
- Director, Skylight, Valletta Campus Theatre - Malta, 6 nights, 2017
- Director, Malta’s Commissioned Performance - Sharjah Heritage days - Dubai, 9 nights, 2017.

Training

- Master of Fine Arts in Directing (Edinburgh Napier University - Ongoing)
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Theatre Studies (University of Malta - 2017)
- Diploma (ATCL) in Speech and Drama from (Trinity College UK - 2014)
- Distinctions in Trinity College Examinations (Grade 1 - 8 in Speech and Drama)
- Rose Bruford Acting Summer School (UK - 2014)
- Odin Teatret Summer Festival (Denmark - 2015)
- Facing-the-Gap Youth Exchange Workshops (Budapest - 2016)

Experience

2-5 years

Skills

Acting
Devising
Dramaturgy
Languages
Lighting Design
Music - Singing
Teaching
TV / Film
Working with Young People

Additional Languages

Maltese, Italian, Basic French, Basic Spanish

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