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Dr Marta Niccolai
Foster Court
University College
Tel: 0203 1084086
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  • Lecturer (Teaching)
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Research Summary

My research interests lie in migration in and out of Italy, (post)colonial Italian literature and Intercultural theatre.
While working on my PhD, which explored intercultural literature written by migrants in Italy, I produced a play, 'And the City Spoke'. The play focused on the relationship between refugees and the city of London and other major European cities. My interests in identity and interculturalism come together in my book (2015) on contemporary intercultural and transcultural Italian theatre. The study focuses on  the stage as a space where the centre and the margin can be reconfigured through the way in which  European, refugees and immigrant actors use body and language in the interplay of cultural similarities and differences.

My current, interdisciplinary research, examines the work ethics adopted by Teatro di Nascosto/Hidden Theatre, an International Theatre company based in Italy that creates events in territories of war and occupied territories primarily in the Middle East, and in European cities. 

Teaching Summary

I co teach three modules for SELCS: 

'European Theatre in Translation' I convene the module and lecture on Political theatre, Theatre festivals, Intermedial Theatre and Lorca.

'Translation and Intercultural Communication' where I deliver lectures and seminars on Intercultural theatre, film, literature and ethnographic documentaries.

'How to read a film: Critical Analysis and Key Concepts' where I teach seminars on film's techniques from the silent films to European auteurs.

Since September 2018 I am the coordinator and Director of the SELCS Theatre projects 


The project is sponsored by the Dean of Humanities and the Head of the European school. 

Academic Background
2009   Doctorat University College London
2009   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
2003   Master of Arts University College London
1999   Bachelor of Arts University College London
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