2022 Festival Adjudicators
Ben Humphrey is an actor, director, writer, lecturer and criminal court Magistrate.
He trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and along with Michelle Lukes won the school’s Most Versatile Leading Actor Award in 2007. After graduating he went on to work mainly in stage, radio and voiceover work with seasons in London, Stratford-upon-Avon and international tours. He regularly lends his voice to cartoons, adverts, documentaries and audio books.
He has written a number of plays, some of which have gone on to win various awards and in 2011 was made Associate Director of the Worcester Repertory Company. In 2012 was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and in 2016 he was made a patron of the Royal Air Force Theatrical Association along with Sir Peter Hall, Stephen Daldry and Gillian Plowman.
In 2017 he was appointed as a Justice of the Peace in the Worcestershire Criminal Courts.
Ben is currently the Senior Creative Consultant for the National Trust of Scotland and Artistic Director of Tortive Theatre.
Katrina Mulvihill RBTC(Hons QTS),LRAM,AGSM,ALAM,IPA
Katrina studied at The Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama and feels privileged to have been part of the unique three year Actor/Teacher Course. Having Graduated with Honours, she won a Scholarship to The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and went on to study Opera, Musical Theatre, Acting and Piano for a further two years. Katrina, as professional Soloist and Principle, has appeared at many prestigious venues over the years performing in Plays, Operas, Recitals and Concerts at The Drury Lane Theatre, The Shaw Theatre, Sadler’s Wells, The Purcell Room and the QEH.
Katrina is an experienced Director, as well as performer, and has enjoyed producing plays, concerts and shows with adults through to young children in a variety of styles ranging from Pantomime and Gilbert and Sullivan’s Light Operettas through to Shakespeare and Grand Opera.
A longstanding member of LAMDA’s Examining Board, for over 30 years, she has also regularly lectured and given Master classes for LAMDA and other multiple agencies in Mime, Improvisation, Acting, Voice Production and Musical Theatre to name but a few.
Katrina , until recently, served as a Headteacher for over 30 years across the State, Private and Independent sectors. She recently took early retirement to focus on and develop her private Communications, Speech and Drama School, Studio ‘K’, which she co-runs with her (fellow thespian) husband, Stefan. She has also increased her work and commitment as both a LAMDA Examiner and BIFF adjudicator.
Jenny Thornton AGSM (Teaching),ALAM(Acting,Public Speaking),CertEd,CDE,LISTD(Dance)
Jenny trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, gaining awards for Character Acting and Most Promising Teacher.
Jenny has led the Performing Arts Teams in a large comprehensive school, been an Assistant Principal for Edexcel, LAMDA examiner and now enjoys running her own Performance Centre with ages from 4 years to adults delivering drama, dance and musical theatre and also writing.
Her play called “Gone” gained a Commended when performed at The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond as did her most recent play “Young Love”. She was delighted when LAMDA chose two of her pieces for their new acting anthology.
Her most recent teaching experience is working in a state school as a peripatetic teacher as part of her “Outreach” programme extending the work of the Richmond Festival for which she is the secretary.
“Drama is a life skill that changed me from a stuttering introvert to a confident individual. We can give our children no better opportunity.”
Arthur Webb MA, B.Ed, LRAM, GGSM
After graduating from Queen’s University, Belfast with a B.Ed degree in English and Drama, Arthur studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and subsequently completed an MA in Drama and Media at Ulster University.
He taught in a large grammar school for 25 years where he was Head of the Creative and Expressive faculty. Currently he is Chief Examiner for Drama in Northern Ireland and Examiner for A level Performing Arts with CCEA.
As Arts Education Adviser, Arthur was responsible for introducing Drama to the NI Curriculum as a discrete and statutory subject. As an Associate with the British Federation of International Adjudicating and has adjudicated at many festivals throughout Ireland and the UK. He is also an Examiner with New Era Academy, London and has extensive experience of examining both locally and as far as Hong Kong.
Arthur was Director of the Youth Lyric Theatre, Belfast for 16 years and for many years Drama Coach for children’s programmes with the BBC. As a professional theatre director of 5 specially commissioned Shakespeare plays for schools, his work has toured Northern Ireland and Scotland. Arthur has directed a wide range of classical plays, operas and musical theatre and frequently coaches professionals in public speaking.