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Festival Adjudicator

Jennifer Scott-Reid  GoDA

Jennifer started performing and directing very early in life, much to the dismay of her younger sister. Forever organising theatrical productions – usually in Old People’s Homes, or actually any home that would have us. Jennifer’s passion and energy for theatre has not waivered one bit.

After studying at school in Cambridge and finding the theatre bug had bitten after a rousing performance as Mrs. Bedwin in the school production of ‘Oliver!’, Jennifer knew that even if she didn’t follow that path professionally, it would play a huge part in her life.

In “real life”, Jennifer founded her company Scott-Reid Solutions in 2005, which is an approved centre for ILM courses in Leadership and Management. Jennifer is a management consultant and trainer working with many large organisations such as the British Medical Association, KLM, NHS Trusts and the AA.

And she still finds time for theatre!

Jennifer has been a member of Clavering Players for 27 years; and is a founder member of ‘Act Too’ which offers drama workshops for all abilities; and the theatre group ‘Drama Queens’ which is self-explanatory! Drama Queens have premiered Teresa Hennessy’s new plays at the Edinburgh Fringe for the last five years.

“I was first encouraged to become an adjudicator after producing, directing and acting in plays for festivals. The late Rex Walford was instrumental in my becoming an adjudicator. With his support, I applied to the Guild of Drama Adjudicators and attended a GODA Training Day, held at The Swan Theatre in Worcester; a great introduction to what a GODA adjudicator does and the structured marking scheme which is instrumental to giving a fair and honest appraisal at all festivals”.

Jennifer took the plunge and joined GODA in 2011. She has adjudicated throughout England, Wales and Scotland, and in 2018 will be adjudicating the British Final in Stirling. And the rest, they say, is history.