VanSDF

2017 Adjudicators

PJ Nitasha Rajoo, Vancouver, BC (Intermediate & Senior sessions)

Nitasha Rajoo is an actor, director, and teacher. She holds a Master of Arts in the Advanced Teachings of Shakespeare from the University of Warwick and The Royal Shakespeare Company in the UK. She has been teaching for over 15 years in both Canada and the UK. Whilst in the UK for 10 years, Nitasha has worked as Head of Drama for The City Academy, Hackney in London.

Nitasha's links in the UK have allowed her to work with the Barbican (Barbican Box), Tamasha Theatre Company, The Old Vic Theatre, and the National Theatre on their Black British Plays Project. She has been praised for her artistic direction of 1984, Lord of the Flies, The Crucible, and numerous Shakespeare productions with casts of up to 50 students.
Nitasha’s love for Shakespeare recently took her to Limpopo, South Africa, with 'Warwick in Africa', where she trained English teachers using drama techniques to make Shakespeare more accessible in the classroom. She is currently on the faculty of the Arts Club and heads the Creative Teens Theatre Project.
   
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Deborah McGladdery, Pentiction BC (Junior sessions)

Deborah has been involved in Speech Arts since the age of seven, when she began “elocution” lessons in Victoria, BC with Wilfrid Ord at the “Victoria School of Expression”. She has an Education certificate from UVic, and an associate’s diploma in Speech and Drama from Mount Royal College, Calgary. Deborah taught public school for more than ten years before turning her attention to speech arts and drama as a private teacher.

For 25 years, she ran a speech and drama studio - Rainbow Kids’ Theatre in Prince George, BC. - coaching up to 100 students (ages 3 – adult) a year in private and small group situations. She also enjoyed running a 2 week long ‘Production Camp’ every summer where students presented fairytale and Shakespeare plays to enthusiastic audiences.
Since relocating to Penticton, she has stayed active, working for local and provincial festival organizations. Ms. McGladdery has adjudicated for many festivals in Canada, is a member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators’ Association, and works as a Speech Arts examiner for Royal Conservatory.