The School of Arts and New Media

Dr Toni Sant

Senior Lecturer in Performance & Creative Technologies
Director of Research

Academic Profile

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 Media.

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.

Research Interests:

  • Histories of Live Art
  • New Media Art
  • Applied & Interactive Theatre
  • Podcasting (and other new broadcasting technologies)
  • Socio-cultural aspects of new media, particularly in marginalised communities.
  • 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. 3-10.
  • 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:

Stephen Borg
Research Topic - Recovering, Preserving and Disseminating Maltese Folk Music

Karl Galea
Research Topic - When 'Hello' Is Not Enough: An analysis of the shifting behaviour of Smart phone users related to interpersonal conversation in public

Alex Grech
Research Topic - Blogging as a Disruption and Renegotiation of Hegemony in Malta: A hyperlocal study

Anthony Micalled-Grimaud
Research Topic - Strategies for Nurturing Online Communities of Practice: The M3P approach

Patricia Wells-Stein
Research Topic - Exploring Identity Performance in Online Social Networking

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