Dr Toni Sant
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Senior Lecturer in Performance & Creative
Director of Research
Dr Toni Sant has lectured about performance and new media at the
University of Malta, Adelphi University, and New York University.
He has also worked as broadcaster, theatre director, and musician
in Malta, Italy, England, Germany, and the USA. He was trained in
radio production by the BBC, graduated B.A. (Hons) first class in
Theatre Studies at the University of Malta, and holds a M.A. and a
Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University.
He is the author of a book about Franklin Furnace, a
New York-based avant-garde arts presenter established since 1976.
The book is called Franklin Furnace & the Spirit of
the Avant-Garde: A History of the Future (Intellect -
University of Chicago Press, 2011).
His writings on performance and the new media have appeared in
TDR: Journal of Performance Studies, the Washington Square News,
Leonardo, The Encyclopedia of Politics, The Dictionary of Literary
Biography, and the International Journal of Performance Arts &
Digital Media, among others.
Dr Sant is the co-convener of the working group on
Documenting Performance of TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research
Association), and co-founder of the Eurovision Research
Network. He is also the founder and creative director of the
MaltaMedia Online Network, executive editor of the Applied and Interactive Theatre
Guide, and book reviews editor for the International Journal of
Performance Arts & Digital Media.
Current research development revolves around a collaborative
multimedia database of Maltese music and associated arts at
Dr Sant teaches across all the subject areas in the School of
Arts and New Media. He has designed and coordinated modules on
Performance and Creative Technologies Collaboration, which are
offered to students in Creative Music Technology, Digital Media and
Theatre & Performance. He developed the department's
interdisciplinary BA (Hons) in Media Performance and
teaches various core modules for students on that course, as well
as Psychology of Internet Behaviour for Digital Media students,
Film and the Moving Image to students in English, Applied and
Interactive Theatre 2 to students in Theatre & Performance. He
also contributes to other modules across the School of Arts and New
On the postgraduate level, Dr Sant created the module
Performance in Digital Environments and is also involved in the
delivery of Digital Media Management. He supervises
dissertations and final projects for students from both
undergraduate as well as postgraduate courses in the School of Arts
and New Media. Postgraduate research proposals in his areas of
expertise are always welcome.
- Histories of Live Art
- New Media Art
- Applied & Interactive Theatre
- Podcasting (and other new broadcasting technologies)
- Socio-cultural aspects of new media, particularly in
- Theories of Networking in Practice
- Uses of the Internet in/for performance
Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications:
- Franklin Furnace & the Spirit of the Avant-Garde: A History
of the Future. (Intellect - University of Chicago Press, 2011)
- Addressing the Need for a Collaborative Database of Maltese
Music in Journal of Music, Technology & Education Vol. 2, No.
3, May 2010.
- Growing up in a Global Village: Young People and the Internet
in Malta in Exploring the Maltese Media Landscape edited by J.
Borg, M.A. Lauri, & A. Hillman. (Malta: Allied Publications,
2009) pp. 51-61.
- Intermediality in Theatre and Performance‚ edited by F. Chapple
& C. Kattenbelt‰ book review in Journal of Adaptation in Film
and Performance 2 (2) 2009.
- Performance in Second Life: Some Possibilities for Learning and
Teaching in Learning and Teaching in the Virtual World of Second
Life edited by J. Molka-Danielsen & M. Deutschmann. (Norway:
Tapir Academic Press, 2009) pp. 145-166.
- Camgirls: Celebrity & Community in the Age of Social
Networks‚ by Theresa M. Senft book review in International Journal
of Performance Arts & Digital Media 4 (2) 2009.
- A Second Life for Online Performance: understanding present
developments through an historical context in International Journal
of Performance Arts & Digital Media Vol. 4, No.1, May
2008, pp. 69-79.
- Eric Bogosian entry in The Dictionary of Literary Biography:
Twentieth-Century American Dramatists, Vol. 341, 2008. pp.
- Rape, Murder and Suicide Are Easier When You Use a Keyboard
Shortcut: Mouchette, an On-Line Virtual Character co-written with
Manthos Santorineos [70%] in Leonardo: The Journal of the
International Society of Arts, Sciences and Technology Vol. 38, No.
3, June 2005, pp. 202-206.
- Martha Wilson & Franklin Furnace: on a mission to make the
world safe for avant-garde art in The Drama Review 49 (1) pp.
29-35, 55-59, 80-85, 104-110.
- Changing Spaces: Galinsky and the Virtual Furnace in The Drama
Review 49 (1) pp. 86-93.
- Protests in The Encyclopedia of Politics Vol. 1 edited by R.P.
Carlisle (Sage Publishing: 2005).
- Tadashi Suzuki & The Shizuoka Theatre Company in The Drama
Review 47 (3) Fall 2003. pp. 147-158
- Two Hundred Years of Colonial Laughter in Malta: Carnival and
Pantomime in Malta Under British Rule co-written with Vicki Ann
Cremona [50%] in Comedy, Fantasy and Colonialism edited by G.
Harper (London & New York: Continuum, 2002) pp. 175-188.
Current Postgraduate Research Students:
Research Topic - Recovering, Preserving and Disseminating Maltese
Research Topic - When 'Hello'
Is Not Enough: An analysis of the shifting behaviour of Smart
phone users related to interpersonal conversation in
Research Topic - Blogging as a Disruption and Renegotiation of
Hegemony in Malta: A hyperlocal study
Research Topic -
Strategies for Nurturing Online Communities of Practice: The M3P
Research Topic -
Exploring Identity Performance in Online Social Networking