SIMONE SPITERI was born in 1983 and is a playwright, performer and director. She trained for her Diploma in acting at the Malta Drama Centre between 1996 and 2004. She obtained her B.A. (Hons.) in Theatre Studies in 2004 and her M.A. in Theatre Studies in 2011, both at the University of Malta.
In 2004 she set up Dù Theatre, for which she is Artistic Director and in which she performs, directs and writes original pieces Her work has been performed in Denmark, Egypt, Sicily, Spain and Macedonia. Two of her written works, Appuntamenti and Kjaroskur, won first prize in the National Francis Ebejer contest for playwriting in 2009 and 2011 respectively. Both Appuntamenti and Lacuna have been chosen as one of the 120 best plays for the European stage in the European Theatre Convention’s (ETC) bi-annual publication. Since 2012 she has been working with many young people and companies on worked aimed at a young audience. Her plays Il-Ħajja Xejn Cool ta’ Teenager Jismu Julian (The Not so Cool Life of a teenager called Julian) and #babydaddy had successful runs in Malta and have also been translated into English. She also wrote and devised a mobile shadow puppet theatre show called Fly Flynn which aims at performances both within normal theatre spaces as well as hospital environments, espcially on a one to one basis by a child’s bedside.
She is also a published author and has written several books for young people and is in the process of writing a new fiction series for early older pre-teen children. In 2014 she was one of the chosen International Playwright Observers to participate at New Visions/New Voices at the Kennedy Centre in Wachington D.C. Simone is passionate about all aspects of the performance arts and is fluent in Maltese, English and Italian.