VanSDF

2018 Adjudicators

PJ Nitasha Rajoo (Junior Speech Arts)

Nitasha Rajoo is an actor, director and educator. She holds a Masters 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. For the past 10 years Nitasha has worked as the Head of Drama for a secondary school in London where her drama students received 100% A* - C at both GCSE and A LEVEL, noting that one of her students has been accepted into RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts)  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.  Nitasha currently teaches the Creative Teens Project with the Arts Club Theatre in Vancouver. 

PJ Mike Stack (Intermediate & Senior Speech Arts)

Mike Stack is a professional actor, director and theatre educator who has also served as an adjudicator for speech arts and theatre festivals around the province. He works extensively with young people: as Head Instructor of the Teen Shakespeare Program for Carousel Theatre for Young People, as a teaching artist for Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, and as a guest director at Templeton Secondary in east Vancouver and Smithers Secondary in Northern B.C.  He also leads numerous workshops in school classrooms and throughout the Lower Mainland Homelearning community.

Mike is a multiple Jessie Award nominee and recipient, and a graduate of the Studio 58 Professional Theatre Training Program at Langara College.