Marco A. Calleja
Marco A. Calleja was born on 24 October, 1986. At Ħaż-Żabbar. He is is a director, producer, educator, TV host and performer.
In Malta, he has worked with various companies on several plays, pantomimes, musicals and ballets. He also set up his theatre company, Hoi Polloi Theatre Productions in 2004. He then branched out into performing arts education for children and teens by setting up the Hoi Polloi Academy in 2013.
Marco moved to London in 2016 to read for an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and graduated in 2017. This fuelled Marco’s passion for theatre-devising, movement and interdisciplinary work. He is greatly interested in re-visiting existing work through a new contemporary lens and in creating new theatre-work which critiques and questions current issues whilst engaging and moving its audiences.
Having an undergraduate degree in the life sciences, Marco is also interested in exploring how the arts and the sciences can cross-over and inform each other – a pretty ‘explosive’ and exciting combination he admits.
Directing credits include: The Wizard of Oz–panto (MFCC, 2012), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (MCC, 2011), ‘This Thing Called Love – an evening with Cole Porter’ (Teatru Manoel, 2006) and CATS – the musical (Valletta Campus Theatre, 2019).
Performing credits include
- Salvu Astarita in Il-Qfil u l-Ħelsien skond Manwel Dimech (Teatru Malta, 2021)
- The Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz (MCC, 2018),
- Amadeus (Teatru Manoel, 2018),
- Mamma Mia (MCC, 2018),
- Little John in Robin Hood – the panto (Teatru Manoel, 2015),
- Fiddler on the Roof (Teatru Manoel, 2014)
- And Paris in Romeo & Juliet (Saint James Cavalier, 2012).
Television credits include
- Daniel in Santa Monika,
- Bazzati in Deheb il-Karta and It-Tmien Nota.
- Marco is currently the executive producer of #KikkraTe and also produced Il-Klikka – The Third Season and the magazine programme FUQ NET in 2017.
In London, Marco performed
- Lady Macbeth in Shaking Up Shakespeare,
- the Wolf in BBC’s production of The Girl who Fell in Love with the Wolf,
- Mal Tease in Maquillage
- And is a founding member of The Brianstorm Ensemble.
When not on stage, or in the rehearsal studio, Marco is either watching movies, reading, telling stories, swimming, and wandering about.