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Festival Adjudicators 2017/2018


Heather Dick
Comedy
A passionate Artist Educator, Heather is also an accomplished performer, director, producer and award-winning writer who loves to find joy and humour in all areas of work. She has performed in regional theatre, children’s theatre and summer stock from The Banff Festival, Stage West (Mississauga), Lunchbox Theatre in Calgary and Sudbury Theatre Centre to the Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa.  This past summer she created three diverse roles for the inaugural Newmarket 10-Minute Play Festival (2 comedies and a musical) and appeared in Norm Foster’s HALFWAY THERE at Globus Theatre. Between work commitments, Heather followed up her formal acting studies by attending the Master Drama Program (acting) at the Banff School of Fine Arts, working as a Teacher Trainee in Voice with the world renowned Shakespeare & Company (Lennox, Mass. 2012 - 2014) and becoming a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher (Linklater Voice Centre, Orkney, Scotland 2014). For over 30 years, she has coached and taught acting, comedy and voice for many independent Toronto acting studios, as well as Ryerson Polytechnic University (Dance Program), Brock University Dramatic Arts program, Theatre Ontario Summer Courses, the CNIB, The Lear Project (Peterborough) and Shakespeare By The Sea Festival (St. John’s, Newfoundland).  From 2004 through 2016 she was an Artist Educator with the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto) in their Learning / Living Through the Arts (LTTA) and Arts Rehab programs. Heather is also the Founding Artistic Director of the SIRIUS THEATRICAL COMPANY (Toronto), a short story writer and a playwright.  Her award winning short story, COLOUR THERAPY, will be published in an anthology this winter.


Brenda Kamino
Drama
Brenda has devoted much of her professional career to the development and guidance of actors, professional and community.  2017/2018 is her fourth time as an ACT-CO Adjudicator.
She has performed on many of Canada’s best known stages for 40 years, including a season at the Shaw Festival, as well as productions at Theatre Passe Muraille, Alberta Theatre Projects, The National Arts Centre and the Royal Alex in shows as varied as the Dora Nominated NAOMI’S ROAD for Young People’s Theatre  and the ground-breaking YELLOW FEVER by R.A. Shiomi.  Her television and film appearances number in the hundreds. Currently she is a series regular on CARTER starring Jerry O’Connor and Sydney Tamiia Poitier for Bravo and Sony International to be released in the spring of 2018.
Brenda is a popular teacher with the Theatre Ontario Summer Intensives.  Her wide teaching background includes INSIGHT PLAYERS (blind actors), CAN-ASIAN ARTISTS GROUP as well as teaching Aboriginal students at the CENTRE FOR INDIGENOUS THEATRE, and running professional training programs at YOUNG PEOPLES’ THEATRE and TARRAGON'S SPRING ARTS FAIR.  She conducts private acting workshops and classes and spent 12 years on the Theatre Advisory at Humber College’s Theatre School, this country’s most prestigious acting program.  She has served on Toronto’s DORA MAVOR MOORE AWARDS Juries many times over the past twenty years.
Brenda produces theatre with award-winning playwright, director and actor Andrew Moodie with their company RENAISSANCE THEATRE; dedicated to finding scripts that deserve a second chance at life in the Canadian Theatre Scene.
She is also a director, playwright, artistic activist and mentor.


Caroline Smith
Musical
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. In 2010, Caroline and her brilliant set designer/builder husband Franklin G. Stapley formed a new theatre company called Moonpath Productions. Working primarily out of Belleville's celebrated Empire Theatre until 2016, Moonpath produced numerous musicals, Pantos and children's events, plus a site-specific historic reenactment event at Stirling's agricultural museum. 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 theatres across Ontario. Caroline continues a busy career as Guest Director and Choreographer, most recently at the Gravenhurst Opera House, 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.


Maja Ardal
TO Festival
Maja Ardal has been working in theatre for forty-seven years. She is a director, playwright, actor, and theatre trainer. Her musical play, The Hero of Hunter Street was produced by 4th Line Theatre in 2016. She researched and created One Thing Leads to Another, Theatre for Babies, produced by Young People’s Theatre, recieving two Dora Awards in 2015. It will tour Ontario in 2018. She is developing the sequel, You and I.
She wrote and performs in the hit shows You Fancy Yourself (Dora Award for performance) and The Cure for Everything (Dora nomination for outstanding play.) She also wrote HER2, a play about a breast cancer trial for ten women. HER2 was produced in January 2015 by Nightwood Theatre. She is developing two new plays for 4th Line Theatre. Copies of her plays can be found through Playwrights Canada Press. Maja adapted and directed the play Prisoner of Tehran from the best-selling memoir by Marina Nemat. It was produced in  2012 by the P of T Collective in association with Theatre Passe Muraille. She wrote the book for the musical Joy, composer Joey Miller, which was produced in 2000 by Workman Theatre.
From 1990 to 1998, Maja was the artistic director of Young People's Theatre (Toronto) where she commissioned and directed over fifteen new plays. Her production of Whale received the Dora award for outstanding production. Among her directing credits are: Alberta Theatre Projects, Stones in His Pockets and Oliver Twist, The Grand Theatre, London, Theatre NorthWest, Fly Me to the Moon, Muskoka Summer Theatre, and The Shaw Festival. She was interim Artistic Director of Nightwood Theatre 2007-8, and was a regular principal for seven seasons in The Road to Avonlea.
Maja has trained actors at Humber and Fanshawe Colleges, where she is noted for her epic productions of Brecht and Shakespeare plays. She also gives workshops in vocal and physical theatre techniques in communities across Canada and runs writing programs in the Muskoka community and for the Peel Region Community Council. Maja has adjudicated community theatre festivals in Sault Ste Marie (QUONTA) 2015,  and London’s One-Act Play Festival in 2016. She makes her home in Muskoka.

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