Jayne Buchanan
Jayne BuchananDrama Adjudicator


Jayne is a Speech and Drama Teacher who works in several schools whilst maintaining a private practice.  She teaches both children and adults, working on all aspects of speech, drama and examination preparation. Jayne enjoys writing short plays and scenes, regularly performing on stage and recently working with the playwright, Jim Cartwright.

A busy examiner for LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art), Jayne is also looking forward to returning to adjudicating at the Lytham Festival of Performing Arts in 2020.



Anita GilbertDrama Adjudicator

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 OwenDrama Adjudicator

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.

to be announcedOne Act Play Festival 2020 Adjudicator