Dr Marta Niccolai

Dr Marta Niccolai

Lecturer (Teaching)


Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL
30th Nov 2009

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. 


University College London
Doctorate, Doctorat | 2009
University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2009
University College London
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 2003
University College London
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 1999