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32: A peek inside the mind(s) of theatre festival judges

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Ron Cameron-Lewis (left) and Keith Martin, adjudicators at the Indiana Community Theatre League festival 2011.

 

Ron Cameron-Lewis and Keith Martin were the adjudicators (kind of like a judge but usually provide more constructive critique) at the Indiana Community Theatre League Festival in Kokomo March 25-27.  At the close of the festival, in a special adjudicators’ forum, they talked about their roles as adjudicators, what they look for and their experiences at other festivals.  They also made some suggestions for improving community theatre in Indiana and elsewhere as well.

A bit about each adjudicator:

Ron Cameron-Lewis taught acting and directed for 37 years at Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advance Learning in Oakville (Ontario).  He retired in 2009 and was appointed Professor Emeritus.

A teacher, adjudicator, dramaturge and workshop leader, Ron has directed 100 plays and musicals.  He has adjudicated over 2000 productions throughout Ontario for community and educational theatre festivals, and in the USA at state, regional, national and international levels.

Ron’s textbook, “Acting Skills for Life” is in its third edition with the Dundurn Group.  He received the President’s Award of Excellence at Sheridan and the 2004 Maggie Bassett Award from Theatre Ontario.

John, Marcia and adjudicator Ketih Martin

Keith Martin’s 35-year career includes producing, artistic direction, choreography and management in professional theatre, dance, opera symphony, film and television, for which he received an Emmy® Award in 2010.  Managing director of Richmond Ballet — The state Ballet of Virginia — he has been producer/managing director of Charlotte Repertory Theatre and registered lobbyist/legislative strategist for ARTS North Carolina.

Martin’s 400 plus stage credits include direct work with such renowned artists as Olympia Dukakis, Beth Henley, Tony Kushner, Joseph Papp, Bonnie Franklin, Doris Roberts and Burt Reynolds.

He co-chaired the record-breaking national AACTFest ’07 in Charlotte, and chaired Minds Wide Open: Virginia Celebrates Women in the Arts, a statewide cultural initiative consisting of 10,123 performances.