VANCOUVER SPEECH ARTS + DRAMA FESTIVAL: Adjudicators

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Ruth Daniell, Kelowna, BC (Intermediate & Senior Speech Arts, Creative Writing)

Ruth Daniell is an award-winning writer and editor who lives with her family in Kelowna, BC. Her first full-length collection of poems, The Brightest Thing (Caitlin Press, 2019), explores fairy tales, sexual violence, love, and healing.

Her poems have appeared in Arc Poetry Magazine, Grain, Room magazine, Qwerty, The Antigonish Review and Event. The recipient of the 2013 Young Buck Poetry Prize with CV2, the winner of the 2016 Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest with The New Quarterly, and a recent recipient of a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, Daniell is also the editor of Boobs: Women Explore What It Means to Have Breasts (Caitlin Press, 2016). She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (honours) in English literature and writing from the University of Victoria and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of British Columbia. She is currently working on a new collection of poems about birds.

In addition to her degrees, Daniell holds two diplomas in speech arts performance—her ATCL from Trinity College London and her ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She teaches speech arts performance and creative writing for children, youth, and adults, and designs curriculum for other speech arts educators. Daniell is also the founder and organizer of a literary reading series in Vancouver called Swoon, which ran from 2013-2017 and focused on discovering new and innovative work about love and desire.
Fane Tse, Toronto, ON (Junior Speech Arts)

Fane Tse is a speech arts teacher and actor in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is the co-founder of Ivy Speech Arts Academy, and his goal is to help students find the confidence to speak and express themselves. Fane has been a speech arts teacher for over 10 years, in both Vancouver and Toronto. He also has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies. He has vast experience as an actor in theatre, film, and TV. He has a passion for the performing arts and loves that he gets to share that with his students.