Introduction to Adjudication 2018

"Introduction To Adjudication" is a course for emerging and potential adjudicators.

Participants will receive training in the principles of adjudication, attend community theatre performances at Theatre Ontario Festival 2018, 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."

Introduction to Adjudication 2018 will be held May 16 to 20 in London, Ontario.


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

The 5-day course coincides with Theatre Ontario Festival 2018. Classes are held in the afternoons and late nights following evening performances.

Afternoon sessions will cover general principals of public adjudication, private/detailed adjudication, written adjudication, evaluation schemes and assessment, and choosing award winners.

Evening sessions will include a viewing of the plays in the Festival, followed by a nightly gathering immediately after each show to practice public adjudication.

As much as possible, the course will be geared to the specific needs of participants.


Course Fee

$495 plus HST for Theatre Ontario individual and organization* members
$540 plus HST for non-members

*Theatre Ontario organizations may send 1 delegate at the member price.  (However, to participate in Practice or Trial Adjudications you must be an individual member of Theatre Ontario.)

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.) Course venue information will be provided to participants. Special rates are available through Theatre Ontario at the venue (and which is not the Theatre Ontario Festival hotel.)


Practice and Trial Adjudications

Following the course, students may wish to participate in a Practice Adjudication to use the skills they learned during the course, or in a Trial Adjudication for acceptance into Theatre Ontario's Talent Bank as an Adjudicator.

The students 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.

There is an additional fee of $75 (plus HST) for these sessions. "Introduction to Adjudication" students will be able to access a discount rate of $55 (plus HST) for their first session, if purchased within one week of the end of the course.


To Apply

Theatre Ontario reserves the right to limit the number of participants to the most promising candidates for this training program.

Register for this course by

1) Emailing to (course administrator):

  • A resume or CV outlining the applicant’s theatre training, and experience
  • A reference (if the course instructor and course administrator are unfamiliar with your work)
  • A one-page statement answering the question: "What are the top three factors you admire in good adjudication work?" In addition, please indicate any areas you particularly hope will be covered in the training course

2) Making your purchase

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The deadline for applications is April 9, 2018 at noon.


Withdrawal Policy

Payments are non-refundable after April 9, 2018. Any cancellation must be in writing.

If we receive your cancellation prior to April 9, you will receive a full refund less 10% administrative charges.

If Theatre Ontario cancels the course, you will be refunded in full.


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.


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