Speech Adjudicators


Burnley Festival of

Speech, Music & Stage Dance





2018 Syllabus

now online



Lots of people help us with the Festival by giving their time and expertise to help something happen that they believe in. Could you be one of them? We need help through the year developing the Festival to meet the needs of today’s performers and of course we need hands-on help on the days of the Festival itself.


We currently have a vacancy for someone to help us with publicity for our Festival, but whatever your area of expertise and interest from drama, music anddance to secretarial, management, fund-raising and IT skills, you can be sure we would welcome your involvement to the extent you wished to give it.


Vaguely interested? Please come along to one of our Festival events and make yourself known at the Festival Office. Alternatively email us and we will be in touch.


The Burnley Festival Team look forward to hearing from you!



Susan Mackay For 10 years Susan ran The Fylde Stage School teaching levels of RAD and ISTD dance and LAMDA Speech and Drama before graduating from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. After seasons in Repertory Theatre, touring and T.V she decided that it was time to realise other dreams. She now directs Upstage Drama, teaching Speech and Drama, GCSE Drama, Upstage Young Peoples Theatre and Bare Boards Theatre Company. She is an adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals and has served as a deputy on the Adjudicators Council. Susan sees her role as an adjudicator as a combination of bringing new ideas and approaches to text and performance as well as fresh encouragement to every participant. She feels that everyone should leave a festival with a sense of achievement. 


Carol Schroder. Working in the professional theatre, television and cabaret, Carol produced her one woman show. She teaches presentation skills in commerce and industry and has taught ESL, SEN and drama at schools and colleges including Guildford School of Acting, Grandison College and, for 22 years, at Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts and, until 2007, Croham Hurst School, Croydon. Carol is an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals and  examines for LAMDA throughout the UK, Ireland and worldwide.