2019 Festival Adjudicators
Marcia Carr MPhil (London), BA (Hons), ALAM, LLCM, ALCM, FRSA
Marcia is currently studying for her PhD. She trained in music, dance and drama and currently facilitates workshops and directs shows for Universities, drama schools and Theatre departments Internationally. She’s toured internationally, winning Best Performer, Manchester Evening News and Buxton Festival and a Time Out Critics Choice. She is Co-Artistic Director of Impetuous Kinship and Co-Director of the Creative Blast Company, delivering educational packages, training young people and producing shows touring internationally. She’s an Associate Artist with the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, an Adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals and an Examiner for the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, for which she’s designed and delivered workshops.
Ben Humphrey BA (Hons), FRSA, GoDa, ALAM
Ben graduated from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (BOVTS). Ben is currently the Senior Creative and Educational Consultant to the National Trust for Scotland. Prior to this he was the Artistic Director of the Swan Youth Theatre and Associate Director of the Worcester Repertory Company as well as a lecturer and module leader in voice, performance and acting at the University of Worcester. As an actor he has countless professional credits to his name including successful seasons in London, Stratford-upon-Avon and with international tours. Directing credits include; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, Trojan Women, Happy Birthday, Dick Whittington, Cinderella, The Comedy of Errors (which transferred to the National Theatre of Romania in Craiova for the International Shakespeare Festival in 2016) and the sell-out 800th Anniversary production of William Shakespeare’s King John produced around the tomb of the King himself in 2009. He followed this with another sell-out production, Othello, in the same venue. In 2009 Ben became the youngest member of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators (GoDA) and now serves as a senior member of its national council. He adjudicates all over the globe at Full Length, One-Act and Speech and Drama Festivals and is delighted to be returning to Bath having had such a warm welcome when he was last here adjudicating. In 2012 Ben was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is also an Associate Research Fellow with the University of Worcester and Vice Principal Emeritus of Academy Theatre Arts.
Rebecca Thompson BA (Hons), LLAM (Hons)
Rebecca read Drama and English at Bristol University followed by a career in Radio journalism, working in both Drama and Documentaries. After which Rebecca moved into teaching where she developed her speech and drama skills, working at schools and colleges in the South West of England. Rebecca continues to work in a variety of educational establishments, running weekly classes, workshops and facilitating training to assist schools implement the constructive Speaking and Listening Criteria. As well as being an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals, Rebecca is also an adjudicator for The Rose Bowl Amateur Awards, reading and reviewing plays and musicals in seven counties throughout the south west.
Rebecca Vines MA, FVCM, FRSA, LLAM, LALAM, GSMD, ATCL, ANEA, MSTSD (Adj)
Rebecca trained as a journalist at Cardiff University – during which time she wrote a weekly column for The Guardian newspaper – before moving to London to study with The Actors Company. Appointed Head of Speech & Drama at Dean Close School (Cheltenham) in 2003, her pupils have been offered training places at all the major UK acting schools, worked for the BBC, Channel 4, RSC and Working Title. She is the Founder of Close Up Theatre – which has won the elite Sell-Out Status for nine years at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – and Artistic Director for No Prophet Theatre, as well as an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals.
Arthur Webb MA, BEd, LRAM, LGSM, CAS
After graduating from Queen’s University with a BEd degree in English and Drama, Arthur studied at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and subsequently completed an MA in Drama at the University of Ulster. He taught in a large grammar school for 25 years where he was Head of the Creative and Expressive faculty. As Chief Examiner for Drama in Northern Ireland, moderator with AQA, Director of the Youth Lyric Theatre, drama coach with the BBC and more recently Arts Education Adviser for Belfast, Arthur has extensive knowledge and experience which he brings to his work as an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals.