VAYA Online INTERNATIONAL
SPEECH ARTS + DRAMA FESTIVAL
Adjudicators

Jean-Marc Perret, London, UK (Intermediate & Senior Speech Arts)

Jean-Marc trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Theatre credits include notable roles at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Manchester Royal Exchange, Birmingham Rep, Chichester Festival Theatre, Derby Playhouse and West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Numerous TV & Film appearances:- notably playing Prince Caspian in the successful BBC BAFTA nominated and award-winning series The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and in Revelation (Romulus Films) with Terence Stamp and Ron Moody. In 2016 Jean-Marc secured a Personal Manager in Los Angeles and made appearances in This Is Us (Season 2) for NBC as well as the US series American Woman (Warner Bros), attending the 2017 Oscars ceremony at The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Jean-Marc teaches pupils on a peripatetic basis and is an online public speaking tutor for leading international schools in Beijing and Shanghai. In 2020, Jean-Marc facilitated a pupil / teacher online training programme set up through Master Minds Studio in Shanghai, China with the aim of providing quality training in Drama and Communication subjects.

He previously examined for London College of Music for 5yrs, LAMDA for 10yrs and Trinity College, London for 2yrs.

Alongside these commitments, Jean-Marc trained as a certified British Academy of Dramatic Combat fight instructor both choreographing and performing in sword fights. Fight credits include Disney’s blockbuster film Cinderella (2015); playing D’Artagnan for the London red carpet film premiere event for The Three Musketeers (2011) which starred Orlando Bloom and Christoph Waltz. Also, just before the UK went into lockdown in March 2020, Jean-Marc was part of a world-class exhibition event involving Great Britain and Hungarian Olympic fencers who were in the midst of their training for the Tokyo Olympics.

Jean-Marc has adjudicated at numerous Federation festivals across the UK and is delighted to provide encouraging feedback to performers of all ages.
Peter Dayson, London, UK (Junior Speech Arts)

Peter started his career as an actor in stage, television, and film, progressing to writing, directing, and producing.

He runs an International Community Cross-Over Project which takes children and students from across the London Boroughs and performs in the West End, transferring to Ohio, U.S.A. This involves artists from the industry working with local actors and special needs students.

As an actor Peter has appeared in many tv series and sit-coms, on stage played everything from John Macey in ’ MONDAY AFTER THE MIRACLE’ (West End) to Chris Keller in ‘ALL MY SONS’ with rep seasons ranging from Nottingham, Swansea, and Basingstoke.

As a writer Peter has written several plays, 8 musicals, show-cased in the West End and is currently working on a spy-thriller.

As a director, Peter has been responsible for many productions, was Artistic Director for Stafford Gatehouse for 8 years, worked for Disney as a Director and Executive Producer and, also worked for Really Useful Theatre Groups and for 2 years as a writer for E.M.I.
Peter’s passion is working with children, students, and young performers, particularly special needs to nurture, encourage, support and develop them with perhaps a career in the industry or just ‘Life Skills’.

Peter has just finished directing GODSPELL with Chesney Hawkes, Sleeping Beauty in Leeds and Cinderella in Birmingham. He is currently directing a play which is heading into the West End later next year.

Peter is also available for online adjudicating. During the covid crisis Peter has regularly used tools such as Zoom, Google Classroom and WhatsApp to keep in touch with his many students, with workshops, lectures, and lessons, as well as preparing showreels, voice overs, audition pieces and general industry support and advice.
James McCann, Vancouver, Canada (Creative Writing)

James McCann has written many popular novels, including Three Spartans (Crwth Press), Flying Feet (Orca Book Publishers), and Children of Ruin (Iron Mask Press) His newest middle grade novel will be out in Spring 2021, A Spartan at Sea (Crwth Press).

He has written book reviews for the Canadian Children’s Book News and taught countless workshops for schools, school divisions, libraries, University of British Columbia, BCLA, BCTELA, Writer’s Union, BC Writer’s Federation, Canadian Authors Association, Surrey International Writers Conference, BC Raise a Reader, and many after school programs. From 2006 – 2009 he was the president of CWILL BC.

Currently, McCann is enjoying working with the Richmond Public Library as a digital services technician. Most of his time is spent writing, but now and then he explores the open road, plays Dungeons and Dragons, or practices the ukulele.