Introduction to Adjudication 2016

April 6 to 10, 2016

"Introduction To Adjudication" is a course for emerging and potential adjudicators. Participants will receive training in the principles of adjudication, attend performances of the 2016 Eastern Ontario Drama League Festival of community theatre, and practice adjudicating presentation skills in a private setting. After the course, participants have the opportunity, at their discretion, to perform a practice adjudication at an Ontario community theatre.

"I loved the mix of theory, personal experience and practical
application. The course gave a clear indication of what adjudication is
and whether or not it's something I want to pursue."

Course Instructor

Cameron-Lewis_RonRon is well known to community groups across the province as a teacher, adjudicator and workshop leader.  He has adjudicated well over 2,000 productions throughout Ontario for community and educational theatre festivals, as well as in the USA at state, regional, national and international levels. Since 2010, he has taught the art of adjudication to 50 people, three times at Theatre Ontario Festivals and twice at AACT national festivals in Rochester, New York, and Carmel, Indiana.

Learn more about Ron Cameron-Lewis

Course Schedule

Phase One – Training Course (Afternoon of April 6 through to the afternoon of April 10)

The 5-day course coincides with the 2016 Eastern Ontario Drama League Festival. Each evening, participants will view plays in the festival, and gather nightly immediately after each show to practice “public” adjudication. Afternoon sessions will cover general principals of public adjudication, private/detailed adjudication, written adjudication, evaluation schemes and assessment, choosing award winners, etc. As much as possible, the course will be geared to the specific needs of participants.

Phase Two – Practice Adjudication (Fall 2016 / Spring 2017) - OPTIONAL

Each "graduate" of the course will have an opportunity to adjudicate a play produced by a community theatre within their region. This adjudication will enable participants to hone their skills and allow others to observe their work. Every effort will be made to mentor course graduates' future adjudication work.

Course Fee

$495 plus HST ($559.35 in total) for Theatre Ontario individual members
$540 plus HST ($610.20 in total) for non-members

Fee includes tuition, instructor and administration fees, and performances.
Participants are responsible for their own accommodation, meals, transportation, and supplies (including scripts for the plays,which Theatre Ontario will facilitate.) Special rates at the Festival hotel are available.

There is an additional fee for Phase Two of the training
The price is $50 plus HST ($56.50 in total.)

To Apply

Theatre Ontario reserves the right to select the most promising candidates for this training program.

Register for this course by emailing two documents to

  • A resume or CV outlining the applicant’s theatre training, experience, and a reference
  • A one-page statement of their present approach to adjudication; or answer the question: “What are the top three factors you admire in good adjudication work?” In addition, please indicate any items you particularly hope will be covered in the training course

Course fees will be processed when you are accepted into the course.

The deadline for applications is March 3, 2016 at 5:00pm.

Withdrawal Policy

Payments are non-refundable after March 3, 2016.  Any cancellation must be in writing.

For More Information

For more information about the Introduction To Adjudication course, contact Brandon Moore, Community Theatre and Communications Manager, at or 416.408.4556 x.13.

Discuss the Introduction To Adjudication course on the Theatre Ontario Blog

This course is made possible in part by the support of the Eastern Ontario Drama League and Peterborough Theatre Guild


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