2020 Festival Adjudicator – Louise Manders




Louise was born in West cliff on Sea and first trod the boards when only five days old and has never looked back.

Her varied and interesting professional theatrical career began in repertory theatre with Hay market Stage Productions progressing from stage management to acquiring her Equity card as an actress.

Louise really enjoyed touring the UK and she appeared in all aspects of theatre including repertory/repertoire and musicals, as well as appearing on television and in films.

Louise is presently not only an adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals and the Guild of Drama Adjudicators, but is also an adjudicator member of the Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama.  She was Artistic Director of the Phoenix Youth Theatre in Southend, formerly the New Focus Theatre for many years. She is the Speech Tutor at St. John’s School in Bricklayer.

Louise’s extensive work as an adjudicator has taken her all over the UK and abroad. She has adjudicated regularly in Sri Lanka. She runs workshops and master classes, directs plays (including open air productions) and musicals, devises original drama compositions, writes poetry and has written many musical plays for children and students. She teaches speech, drama, musical theatre, mime and dance drama to students of all ages, including adults and specialises in the LAMDA examinations. Louise is an experienced theatre director and even finds time to dance flamenco!

A festival is a celebration and enables all entrants to bring their creativity and enthusiasm to fruition. Louise is really looking forward to sharing in these celebrations on her return visit to the Bromley Theatre Guild 2020 Festival.