Marshall, Albert (29.12.1947-)

Theatre director and poet

Born in Attard, Marshall was educated at the Seminary and the Royal University of Malta. In 1970 he obtained a teacher's diploma from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.

Between 1971 and 1980 Marshall worked extensively in the Maltese electronic media. In 1979 he was appointed the first Maltese principal of the Manoel Theatre Academy of Dramatic Arts (MTADA).

Marshall emigrated to Australia in 1981. He was the first Maltese to direct dramatic productions for the Victoria College of the Arts in Melbourne. He was also the first Maltese to direct at the Sydney Opera House when he directed Mary Spiteri in concert.

Marshall founded Harmonic 65 to promote cultural co-operation and the Maltese Language. One of its main activities is the Manoel de Vilhena Awards, an annual event in which Maltese-Australians who have promoted Maltese culture in Australia are given recognition. Marshall was also named chairman of the panel responsible for the Australian national examination in Maltese language.

In 1993 Marshall received a Graduate Diploma in Communication Studies from Victoria University (Melbourne). In 1995 the same institution awarded him an MA in Communication. In 1995 he was appointed lecturer in Communication Studies at Victoria University. He is affiliated to the Writers Guild (Australia) and the Australia and New Zealand Communication Association. In 1995 Marshall returned to Malta to take up the position of Head of Programmes of Radju ta' l-Universita' and Lecturer in Communication Studies at the University of Malta. In 1996 he was appointed general manager of the Public Broadcasting Services Ltd.

Marshall has published his poems in various anthologies. In 1997 a collection of poems covering the Australian period, entitled Diaspora, was published. He is married to actress Jane Micallef and has two children.

Source: Maltese Biographies of the Twentieth Century (1997), editors Michael J. Schiavone and Louis J. Scerri

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