Josette Ciappara

Date of Birth: 23/10/1954

Where do you live? St Julian’s

Star Sign: Scorpio

Main occupation: Assistant Head St Thomas More BSS

Media-related occupation: Actress, Theatre Director

When JOSETTE CIAPPARA was a child, her mum used to treat them by taking them to performances at the Domenican’s Theatre in Vittoriosa, where various local companies used to debut their productions before going on tour to other villages.

From a young age, Josette had always seen herself performing on stage although at school she was constantly rejected from taking part because of the ‘rough’ quality in her voice. “I finally made it to a speaking part when I was fifteen years old. The experience left such an impact. I knew that was where I belonged. I had to wait until I was at University when I once more touched base with what I wanted to do. Sometime later, I joined the Manoel Theatre Academy of Dramatic Arts and I have never looked back. I have been blessed with working with great directors who believed in me and encouraged me in my career both as an actress, director and speaker. My upbringing was my foundation since it instilled in me a sense of self-discipline, which is essential in my career,” explained JOSETTE CIAPPARA in this interview with RAMONA PORTELLI.


How long have you now been into acting?

Around 40 years now.

How would you describe the drama scene in Malta today?

A lot is happening. It is very encouraging to see young artists taking the initiative to put on new projects. They are exposed to good theatre locally and abroad and they are also given chances to materialise their ideas. We are witnessing this in such festivals as Ziguzajg, and in performances by emerging companies and with new writers. I feel this excitement is contagious and so positive when it comes to providing a healthy competition in the local theatre scene.

What do you do most when travelling or holidaying?

I mainly visit museums, attend performances, look out for cultural events, visit villages, enjoy nature and mix with local people to get a proper understanding of their culture or their ‘pulse.’

What role does technology play in your life? 

I am not a technical person, but I acknowledge the power it has in today’s life. I love to work with people who have mastered this technology, as I believe it enhances theatre when utilised in productions. It has also enriched our lives in many ways although it tends to destroy precious time when used unwisely.

How would you describe your relationship with money?

Money comes and money goes. But it is great to have more than you need :)