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Speech & Drama Adjudicators



Paul Bench

Paul studied at London and Birmingham Universities, specialising in literary theory, then the Guildhall School in acting and public speaking. He was Director of Studies and head of several large departments of performing arts as well as Director of The Telford Drama Centre. An examiner with LAMDA for many years, he travelled to Africa, Australia, China, Japan, America, Singapore, India and Sri Lanka. Paul is an international back remedy and Reiki therapist and psychotherapist, specialising in performance psychology, having contributed to several master degree courses. As well as being an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals, he is also currently Reviews Editor for the STSD journal and tutor for The Voicecare Network



Stephen Owen
BA(Hons), BA(Ed), MA, MEd, PGDip(Ed), FLCM, LRAM, LGSM(Perf), LTCL(Perf), LLCM(TD), LLAM(Hons), ATCL, CertEd(Drama), FRSA, FESB, MSTSD

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. 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 beginners to Licentiate (RAM) and Fellowship (LCM) level. Since retiring from headship in July 2007, he has been appointed as an examiner for the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and is an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals.


Timothy McCarthy

Timothy McCarthy studied Speech & Drama at the Cork School of Music; graduated from the National University of Ireland with an MA Degree in Drama and Theatre Studies and the Higher Diploma in Education; he holds the Post Graduate Certificate in Adjudicating.


He is a member of the examiners panel in Speech, Drama and Communication at Trinity College, London. He runs his own Speech & Drama Studio, where he teaches all aspects of the subject. He is the Drama Director at the annual International Youth Camp Festival of Music, Dance and Drama, Sri Lanka. He works closely with the Irish National Council for the Blind, recording audio books for its members. He conducted Teacher Training Courses in Speech & Drama in Kuala Lumpur, Colombo and at his own Studio in Cork. He led a number of workshops for English teachers in Bangkok, Malacca and Sri Lanka using Speech & Drama pedagogy as a means of teaching English. He has given training courses for Church Ministers and directed an Adult Drama Company for ten years, specialising in One Act Play Productions.


Timothy is the Director of Cork Feis Maitiú – the Music and Drama Festival in his home city – and an Adjudicator with The British and International Federation of Festivals.


Samantha Tucker

Samantha is a graduate of University of Wales, Aberystwyth, with a BA Honours Degree in Drama, specialising in Textual Analysis, Acting and Directing. Taking part in both amateur and professional productions from an early age Samantha was founder of Haverhill Performing Arts Festival and chairman for 3 years. She has taught Speech & Drama for 12 years to pupils from the age of 5 to 16 years, giving them the opportunity to perform both as individuals and in group productions. Teaching the LAMDA syllabus for 11 years, she has been a Speech & Drama teacher at St Faiths School, Cambridge for 5 years and is an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals.