Meet our adjudicator for 2016!

Mike Kaiser

Mike Kaiser, Guild of Drama Adjudicators

We’re very happy to announce our adjudicator for 2016 will be GoDA’s Mike Kaiser.

Mike spent over thirty years teaching English and Drama. Originally from Manchester, he has lived for over forty years in Shropshire where he was Head of English and Theatre Studies at the Sixth Form College in Telford. However, on his way to Shropshire he spent four very happy and productive years teaching in Swindon!

For all of that time, he has been active in amateur theatre, winning many awards for acting, directing and writing. He set up a theatre company in his own town over thirty years ago and directed their winning entry in The All-England Festival.

Having taken early retirement, he now directs and acts with that group and works as a drama consultant. In the last season, he directed ‘Oh What A Lovely War’ and ‘The Tempest’. He also runs a youth theatre with four or five productions a year. He became a member of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators in 1999.

He has been a member of the Goda Council for a number of years and for seven of those years – until recently – was the editor of their newsletter to members and also of ‘Asides’ – the annual communication which goes to festival organisers throughout the UK.

He has adjudicated in every part of the UK and also the Republic of Ireland. In 2013, he adjudicated The British All-Winners Final for the second time and also the Final of the Welsh YFC competition at Llandudno. In 2015, he adjudicated all of the Welsh regional festivals and was also seen in Chester, Lighthorne (Warwickshire) and at YFC festivals in Glamorgan  and Shropshire.

We’re very excited to be welcoming such an experienced and talented GoDA adjudicator to hj1act 2016!

A minor PS – Mike has kindly let us know that his surname rhymes with ‘may’, not ‘my’. So for all us folks who have wondered which pronunciation was correct – now we know!

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