Situated in the busy commercial district of Tas-Sliema, Teatru Salesjan is the oldest existing theatre in the locality and one of the oldest working theatres in Malta. Founded in 1908 Teatru Salesjan has been an active focus for local creativity for many generations and retains its primary mission as a community theatre “in the hearts of its community”. Recently Teatru Salesjan has redefined its purpose as a receiving house to promote work that it feels is very much in sympathy with its original purpose as a Juventutis Domus, a House for Young People.
To that end Teatru Salesjan is in cultural partnership with Arts Council Malta and has made collaborative partnerships with the award-winning young people’s theatre company Studio 18 and The Opening Doors Association who create dance, music and theatre for people with learning difficulties. These two companies are now in residence at Teatru Salesjan and the building serves as their creative hub in Malta.
As part of Teatru Salesjan commitment towards creative development is running projects with children and young people. The Teatru Salesjan Choir and Chamber is a vocal ensemble that aims to provide a creative home for young people to experience music and singing in a safe and positive environment. In 2017 the Roaring Voices project was established with the focus of developing Shakespeare Youth Theatre. This project was also awarded funding to produce its first production in 2019.
Teatru Salesjan is committed towards defining the purpose of the theatre as a community hub in Tas-Sliema and through a collaboration with Maltese architect Chris Briffa, designed an architectural masterplan that will see the transformation of the theatre building into a contemporary and accessible arts centre for the community of Tas-Sliema and beyond.
Teatru Salesjan is a registered non-profit, voluntary organisation.