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Speech & Drama Adjudicators

2023 Festival Adjudicators




Timothy 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. For 17 years he was 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, specializing in One Act Play Productions.


Timothy is an Adjudicator-Member, Hon. Adjudicators’ Vice-President and former Vice-Chair of The British and International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech; a Council member of The Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama, and a member of Speech and Drama Teachers of Ireland. He is the Director of Cork Feis Maitiú – the Music and Drama Festival in his home City; has adjudicated at Festivals in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, Jersey, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong. In 2011 he was awarded a Fellowship of The Federation of Festivals for services to the Festival Movement.


Samantha Tucker BA(Hons)


Samantha’s love of performing started at the age of four, taking part in both amateur and professional productions and she went on to study Acting, Directing and Textual Analysis as part of her Drama degree, graduating from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.


Samantha is a passionate supporter of the festival movement and is proud to be part of a movement that gives entrants the chance to showcase their work in an encouraging environment and enables them to take their work to the next level!


Samantha has taught Speech & Drama for many years and was principal of her own Drama Studio in Haverhill, Suffolk for over 10 years and directed numerous productions.


Samantha has been teaching Speech and Drama at St Faiths School, Cambridge for over 13 years. Samantha is an adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals and is a member for the Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama.




Chris trained at the universities of Manchester and Oxford, winning as an undergraduate, The John Osborne Award. A member of Equity and the Society of Teachers of Speech & Drama (STSD), he is also a life member of the Oxford Union, the eminent university debating society.


A freelance teacher of speech and drama, and a working professional with television, radio and theatre experience, Chris’s credits include ‘Born and Bred’ (BBC One), Granada Reports (ITV), BBC Radio Lancashire, BBC Radio Merseyside and ‘The Sound of Music’ (UK theatre tour). However, teaching remains his passion and Chris’s students can be found in most of the major UK and USA drama schools including RADA, LAMDA, Guildhall, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Stella Adler etc. and thereafter on stage and screen


He is an adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals and has extensive experience as an examiner for the Central School of Speech & Drama, Guildhall and LAMDA. Currently he examines for Trinity College London, assessing speech, drama and musical theatre performances worldwide.




Ann has spent her working life in education teaching in secondary and primary schools, theatres, university and therapy teams, as well as examining drama and theatre studies. Ann ran her own drama school for many years. Ann is also an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals.
Ann trained to teach under John Hodgson at Bretton Hall, his major influence was the importance of improvisation. Ann continues to be an enthusiastic teacher of improvisation for developing all performance skills.


She believes strongly in the inclusive power of drama, that it offers confidence building, team work, and the discipline of controlling body, voice – and nerves. Combining that with her love of the written word, her first degree was English; she counts herself lucky to spend her life talking about what she loves.
Currently Ann combines her teaching with specialist teaching, research and writing in SEN.


Ann is continuing to teach online and is able to offer online/virtual adjudication sessions



In her spare time Ann still attends ballet and tap classes, a lifelong passion, enjoys theatre going, advocacy in SEN, precious time with her family and long distance back-packing treks.