Theatre Ontario is proposing to hold an "Introduction To Adjudicating" course for people interested in learning to become adjudicators. It would be held in conjunction with the 2010 Festival in London.
Here's the proposal:
Dates: May 19-23, 2010 (5 days)
Time: Morning and Afternoon Training Sessions, Evening Attend Plays
Facilitator: To be announced
Application: Applicants would be required to submit a CV and rationale for wanting to take this course, and possibly references.
Participants: At least 5 or 6 would be needed to stimulate discussion. Maximum 12? Varied backgrounds welcome (Community, Educational, Professional). Course should appeal to non-adjudicators who are interested in the process, but also appeal to active adjudicators seeking stimulus.
Outcomes: Students receive a certificate of completion signed by the course facilitator. They may wish to reference this on their CV. Participation in the training week however, does not mean that Theatre Ontario endorses the participant’s qualifications as an Adjudicator. Application to the Theatre Ontario Talent Bank is a separate procedure.
Background: Theatre Ontario ran Training Courses for emerging/potential Adjudicators in the 1980’s as one of the Summer Courses. In addition to general information and overview, participants were able to see 4 or 5 plays as part of the course, and discuss adjudication issues for each play. A mock Awards Ceremony took place on the final day.
Future: This could become an annual event at the Theatre Ontario Festival. A new facilitator each year would mean students could take the course more than once. Practicing adjudicators may wish to take the course as a form of in-service training or to keep active if they have not recently adjudicated. An Adjudicators Symposium could be incorporated at some future date. The 2011 Festival, which will be held closer to Toronto, may appeal to candidates who may be able to stay with someone in the area. Also, The Curtain Club may be able to provide us with a location for the course activities at a cheaper rate than a hotel.
Wednesday – Introduction, General Principals, View Play # 1
Thursday – Principals of Public Adjudication, Discuss Play #1, View Play #2
Friday – Principals of Private/Detailed Adjudication, Discuss Play #2, View Play #3
Saturday – Principals of Written Adjudication, Discuss Play #3, View Play #4
Sunday – Mock Awards, Compare Results, Optional Attendance at Festival Brunch
Other Possibilities – Meet with Festival Adjudicators (Sears & Switzer), if they agree, to discuss their comments and decisions.
Copies of 4 plays for each student (advance reading required)
Tickets to see 4 plays for each student (Awards Brunch optional)
Facilitator’s fee (should not be higher than Festival Adjudicator’s fee).
Facilitator’s expenses (travel, accommodation, per diem, etc.)
Cost of Meeting Room (not part of festival events).
Students may stay for Public Adjudication, but may not attend detailed adjudication the next day.
Students do not engage Festival Adjudicator or participants in discussion about their plays.
Students do not reveal the results of their mock Awards Ceremony.
Course discussions are private.
No appearance of competition with festival adjudicators.
If you are interested in attending, please contact Dennis Johnson, Community Theatre Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416.408.4556 x.13.