2020 Festival Adjudicators
Jonathan Owen CertEd,CertTESOL,MSTSD
Jonathan trained as a Drama & Music teacher at St. Peter’s College, Birmingham University’s Faculty of Education. He has taught in secondary schools, colleges and examined for Trinity-Guildhall extensively in the UK and overseas. As a performer he has worked in Theatre, TV and Radio for over 30 years. Most notably he played Terry Barford for 10 years in ‘The Archers’, and has appeared in numerous other productions for BBC Radio 4.
Television work includes the comedy-characters ‘The Great Orlando’ & ‘The Rev. Ashbourne’ in Coronation St, Emmerdale, Doctors, All Creatures Great & Small, London’s Burning and Heartbeat etc. Theatre work includes West-End productions of Singin’ in the rain, Jesus Christ Superstar, Having a Ball, Call me Madam and Ziegfeld, as well as numerous national tours and provincial repertory.
His specialities are musical-theatre and pantomime, and as well being one of the UK’s leading ‘Dames’ he has written and directed numerous professional pantomimes in the UK, and five engagements as resident writer/director in Bermuda! He is also an adjudicator member of The British and International Federation of Festivals.
He is the author of the comedy-drama ‘Teapots & Superglue’ which has received much critical acclaim.
Rosalind Taylor BEd (Hons), LRWCMD (Dist), Laban Diploma (Dist), Cert Ed (Dist), LLAM (Dist)
Rosalind trained at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and at The Laban Centre of Movement and Dance, London.
Rosalind has taught speech and drama for over thirty years and has led several large Performing Arts departments. She continues to deliver workshops at leading vocational schools and universities, both in the United Kingdom and internationally. In addition to her teaching credits, Rosalind has extensive experience in directing and creating original devised material for vocational and community outreach projects.
Rosalind has spent over twenty years working alongside award-winning choreographers with the National Youth Ballet of Great Britain – on their Creative Team, as drama coach and répétiteur. She continues to support their Beyond Ballet initiative for new and aspiring young choreographers, applauding this opportunity to Mikah Smillie (Artistic Director of NYB)
Rebecca Thompson BA (Hons), LLAM (Hons)
On graduating from Bristol University with a degree in Drama and English, Rebecca worked for BBC Radio Four’s Drama Department. After further journalism and corporate work, Rebecca studied for her Licentiate Teacher’s Diploma and has been teaching Speech and Drama privately and in schools for over 25 years.
Additionally a voice and presentation skills coach in the region, she teaches in private and state schools, colleges and businesses and is a facilitator for Speaking and Listening Courses in the South Gloucestershire region; in addition she facilitates communication training in schools across the country.
Rebecca has been actively involved in theatre in the South West and is an Adjudicator for the Rose Bowl Awards for Amateur Drama and Music; she also continues to direct plays with young people.
Rebecca is passionate about developing communication skills amongst people of all ages and abilities.
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.”