Just found out I’ve been accepted for the Introduction to Adjudication course offered by Theatre Ontario. Adjudication is something I’ve been dipping my toe into for about a year now – mostly monologue/duet competitions through the Thespians festivals. I’ve observed numerous ‘ill-advised’ choices by judges. I work primarily with students and it amazes me how often adults want to ‘show teens a lesson’ by their comments. It’s downright horrifying, actually.
This adjudication course couldn’t have come up at a better time. I’ll be doing practical (albeit mock) adjudications of the plays at the 2010 Theatre Ontario festival. We’ll be practicing both private and public adjudications, as well as deciding awards. My goal is to get more into adjudicating plays and festivals at the high school level. I want to be a critical but constructive judge specifically for youth performers. One step at a time….