SUSAN MACKAY For 10 years Susan ran The Fylde Stage School teaching levels of RAD and ISTD dance and LAMDA Speech and Drama before graduating from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. After seasons in Repertory Theatre, touring and T.V she decided that it was time to realise other dreams. She now directs Upstage Drama, teaching Speech and Drama, GCSE Drama, Upstage Young Peoples Theatre and Bare Boards Theatre Company. Susan adjudicates at festivals all over the UK as well as Cork and Hong Kong. She is an adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals and has served as a deputy on the Adjudicators Council. Susan sees her role as an adjudicator as a combination of bringing new ideas and approaches to text and performance as well as fresh encouragement to every participant. She feels that everyone should leave a festival with a sense of achievement.
ANITA GILBERT MA Anita is a professional voice, accent and acting coach, based in Sheffield with over twenty years of industry experience. She has taught at leading drama schools and colleges and is currently voice coach at The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire – Acting Dept. She has an MA In Professional Voice Practice.
STEPHEN OWEN Stephen trained as a teacher of Drama, Speech and Movement at Trinity and All Saints’ College, University of Leeds. After qualifying, he studied with Eliner Rutherford for a number of years, gaining specialist diplomas in the teaching and performance of all aspects of Speech and Drama Studies. As well as being responsible for drama at the schools in which he worked, he also taught pupils of all ages and abilities privately, from complete beginnersto Licentiate (RAM) and Fellowship (LCM) level. For a time, he was also voice coach to a number of undergraduate students at The College of Ripon and York St John, who were experiencing communication difficulties in the classroom situation. He became an examiner for The English Speaking Board and The Poetry Society and enjoyed adjudicating at many festivals throughout the country.
In April 1985, he was promoted to the headship of a primary school in Derbyshire, which inevitably meant less time for examining and adjudicating. It was during this time that he became a Religious Education inspector for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hallam. Since retiring from school in July 2007, he has been appointed as an examiner for the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art(LAMDA) and has resumed his work as an Adjudicator Member of the British and International Federation of Festivals. Whilst he enjoyed headship very much indeed, he is delighted once again, to be part of a creative rather than a bureaucratic world.
When not examining or adjudicating, Stephen’s leisure time consists of seeing as many plays and operas as possible and teaching his young grandchildren to swim.