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Festival Adjudicators 2018/2019

Caroline Smith
Since earning her Canadian Actor's Equity card in 1979, Caroline Smith has made her living as a performer, choreographer, director, adjudicator and playwright. She has worked for hundreds of theatres and festivals across the country, including the Shaw Festival, the Charlottetown Festival and the Canadian Opera Company.
In 1996, Caroline moved to the village of Stirling, Ontario and founded the Stirling Festival Theatre, where she served as Artistic and Managing Director until 2009. Under her leadership, the company won three Lieutenant Governor's Awards and numerous business awards. In 2001, Caroline was presented with an honorary Arts degree from Loyalist College, acknowledging her work in promoting and enhancing community life in Hastings County.
As playwright, Caroline's popular comedy The Kitchen Witches was the winner of the 2005 Samuel French Best Canadian Play Award. Her comedy-thriller To Die For was also published by Samuel French in 2017, and her popular Panto scripts are produced by Drayton Entertainment and various theatres across Ontario.
Caroline continues a busy career, most recently directing productions for Westben Arts Festival in Campbellford, the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival and the Toronto Film School. She also works with new writers as dramaturge for the historic annual Gaslight Tour short-play festival in Collingwood and leads various writing workshops while continuing to develop her own plays.

Janet Kish
Joseph Joubert wrote “To teach is to learn twice.” This certainly rings true for Janet who has had the privilege of working as a theatre educator for well over three decades. During this time, she has worked with thousands of students exploring the art of acting, directing, theatre design and playwriting. She herself has directed, written and produced dozens of plays over the years.  Since retiring from the classroom in 2012, Janet has gone on to working freelance as a dramaturg and mentor with CSARN, an adjudicator for the National Theatre School Drama Festival (formerly Sears), a drama workshop leader, a jurist for playwriting competitions and a social media content writer for various theatre groups. Her most recent directorial works include The Penelopiad (Theatre Mowat) Antigone (Alumnae Theatre), and With Love and a Major Organ (MDS Canadian Play Festival). Her most recent script The Kiss was chosen to be one of the plays to be showcased at the Newmarket National Play Festival in July 2018.  Janet’s other true loves include travel and photography.

Jenn Sellers
With more than 35 years experience in community theatre as an actor, director, choreographer, stage manager and lighting technician, Jenn has taken on almost every role there is to be had in production. Jenn has been a teacher of Theatre Arts for the past 13 years teaching Musical Theatre, Drama and Dance. Having performed in more than 70 different theatre productions her favourite roles to date were: Nancy in Oliver!, Carolyn in Having Hope at Home, Sylvia in Sylvia, Katrin in I Remember Mama, and Emily in Our Town. Jenn has directed and choreographed multiple musicals including Les Misérables, R&H’s Cinderella, FAME!, Into The Woods, and Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Jenn has degrees from The University of Toronto and The University of Western Ontario as well as specialist qualifications in both Drama and Dance from the Ontario College of Teachers. Jenn also has training from the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Classical Theatre Lab, Equity Showcase, and Armstrong Acting Studios. As an adjudicator Jenn sees the process of play development and performance through her many different experiences and enjoys working in collaboration with the cast, crew and creative team to better understand their creative process and journey.

Carolee Mason
TO Festival
Carolee Mason is an award winning theatre educator, a director, and an adjudicator with student and community theatre groups across Ontario. Carolee’s university work encompassed theatre history, performance, and drama in education; her practical training included stage management, technical theatre, and design. Her theatre education took her to the Georgian Theatre Company, the University of Toronto Opera School, the University College (U of T) Drama Program, and Queen’s University, where she completed her Masters Degree. She has studied with Canadian theatre professionals including Richard Rose, Leon Major, Brian Jackson and John Ferguson. Her work developing theatre in Eastern Ontario earned Theatre Ontario’s Michael Spence Award. An award-winning teacher, noted for her work as an author and workshop leader, Carolee contributed to Ontario’s Ministry of Education drama curriculum at various stages of its development, and has presented throughout Ontario, and in Chicago, Paris and Norway for theatre practitioners and educators. Carolee has instructed teacher candidates at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, delivered Additional Qualifications Courses in drama for teachers, and taught undergraduates in the Theatre Department at Brock University. Working with adults, teens and children, she has directed and designed more than eighty productions for community and children’s theatre. Perth, Ontario’s Mason Theatre was named to recognize her decades of stage work, along with her husband Geoff, in that community. She has adjudicated for the Sears Drama Festival, ACT-CO, the EODL, and the WODL.

ACT-CO Adjudicator Archives iVers 1.0 Oct 12, 2017
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