ACTA The Experience
Written by Ylenia Callus
This fourth and final update from Ylenia about the Maltese workshops for Actor Training in a Globalised World, held in April, concludes her review by exploring her personal feelings about the project.
Unlike the other articles I wrote about ACTA in this final one I would like to take a more personal route and talk about what it meant for me to be involved.
ACTA was a wonderful experience from the people involved to the projects and discussions that were conducted over a week.
It was amazing to experience these sessions and then relive them through my reviews.
I found that in my writing I became more reflective and that the exercises seemed simple but also complex.
It really helps you to reflect and take stock of ideas that you are usually not aware of.
The importance of our senses, the power of text and body as performance and the spontaneity of performance were all taught to me.
Apart from awareness I also got to meet with some amazing people and appreciate different cultures.
This experience was different and one which I hadn’t had before.
It was a project focused on developing an idea, and I had to take into account that I was also reviewing as well as participating – which was quite different!
I also extended my work to document what was going on, not for myself, but for the project members themselves to record in written form what was discussed.
This experience made me rethink and reinforce my idea of the internet acting as an educational portal not just as a medium where teenagers procrastinate.
I think that the University took a step in the right direction promoting and supporting this project to reinforce e-learning
I couldn’t agree more with what was being said and agreed with the choice of target audience for this project, which was very wide and didn’t just include people from the performing arts sector.
I was able to write about ACTA thanks to Dr Marco Galea from the School of Performing Arts and Ms Simone Galea from the University of Malta’s Faculty of Education.
I would also like to thank Marjann Attard and Rebekah Briffa for the warm welcome I was given for the project.
They both were very friendly and so were all the participants, who are helping to create a wonderful program for actor training with dedication and hard work.
I would like to say thank you to the international staff behind this project for their research and their hospitality.
I’d also like to thank every crew member, every student and practitioner and give a big thank you to Angelo Clive Gerada and the people from Outdoor Artists who help to publish my articles and, most importantly, to my wonderful editor James Byrne who is constantly bombarded by several of my articles and still manages to pull through.
What can I say? I felt very lucky and privileged to be there at ACTA and to watch the project develop.
From a young age, I always wanted to find ways in which to make theatre more accessible and I cannot control my excitement when I just sit and think about how much of a good impact this project could have for a lot of people.
This is also why I write articles online – to raise awareness.
I like to spread awareness of mostly undocumented events or ideas and to take the little story that no one would see or hear about and make it visible.
ACTA is serving the same purpose. It is there to create awareness, to be accessible and to make what is not seen visible to the eye.
I shall always continue to support ACTA and to write about it but for now this is the end till the next ACTA meeting happening this October 2018 in Romania.