Southern Counties Drama Festival - 2023 Adjudicator - Julie McLoughlin
BA (Hons), RBTC Dip, G.o.D.A
Julie trained at
the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama, worked at Leeds Playhouse
and acted with the Yorkshire Theatre Company and the Actors Repertory
Theatre at Pendley, Tring in the 1970s and 80s. In 1984 she moved to
Jersey, where (like many other people) she had a small part in an episode
She has a BA Hons
in English Literature and Education from the Open University, and taught
English and Drama for twenty years, first in Buckinghamshire and then
at Victoria College and Jersey College for Girls, where she set up A'
Level Theatre Studies and GCSE Drama courses. She directed many school
productions including The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, A Man
for all Seasons, and Antigone for the Jersey Youth Theatre.
In 2009, she directed The Mikado for the Jersey Gilbert and Sullivan
Society, but then stepped back from acting and directing to concentrate
on private teaching and adjudicating.
For five years
she worked part-time as a mentor for unemployed teenagers organising
work experience, delivering training and advising on CV writing.
She has full Equity
membership and is a Full Member of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators and
a Speech adjudicator for the British and International Federation of
Festivals. In the last 12 years she has adjudicated at many festivals
around the UK, as well as helping to organise the Speech and Drama section
of the Jersey Eisteddfod.
She regularly coaches
local adults in Public Speaking and has run workshops in acting and
public speaking for a number of local organisations, such as the Jersey
Institute of Law and the Blue Badge Guides. She coaches Jersey students
for LAMDA Examinations and local festivals, has a passion for Shakespeare
and spoken verse and enjoys introducing young people to both.