SDA and SMFA Spoken Word E-Festival

The Saskatchewan Drama Association (SDA) and the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association (SMFA) collaborated to present the first Spoken Word e-Festival for Saskatchewan students, ages 5 to 19 years of age and any level.

Objectives of the Spoken Word e-Festival are:
  1. to develop awareness of other forms of stage and poetic arts;
  2. to enhance acting and speaking skills;
  3. to develop confidence through stage performance;
  4. to encourage crativity and help students become more critical thinkers; and
  5. to meet curricula goals of the Saskatchewan K-12 English Arts, Arts Education and Theatre Arts
Performances were judged by video recordings submitted by the competitors. The judge's decision is final.
Entries were adjudicated by Bradley Hawyward
Bradley Hayward has been involved with the Saskatchewan Drama Association for over
25 years, first as a student and now as an adult. He grew up in Oxbow and acted in his very first SDA Drama Festival way back in 1993. From that moment forward, he was hooked on the theatre. He continued to participate in drama festivals as an actor,
director, playwright and stage manager, winning many awards for multiple disciplines,
including the Mary Ellen Burgess Award two years in a row. He performed at the 1997
Provincial Festival in The Flattering Word. He graduated from high school in 1998 and
went on to get a degree in screenwriting; however, he never lost his passion for high
school theatre and eventually turned his attention to writing plays for students.
Currently, he has written more than 62 published plays that have been produced all
around the world, including dozens of productions at various regional festivals across Saskatchewan. His plays I Don’t Want to Talk About It, Selfie, Laughing Stock, Epic Fail, Drama Geeks, Vamp Ire, and The Last Fill have all advanced to SDA’s Provincial Festival. The Last Fill won the Best Overall Production at SDA’s 2019 Provincial Festival. In addition to writing, Bradley has worked for the SDA as a front-of-house adjudicator at many regional festivals, twice been the front-of-house clinician at the Middle Years Festival, and recently, Front of House for SDA’s Provincial Festival, and has facilitated many acting and writing workshops. He is profoundly inspired by the high level of talent and enthusiasm of the students he encounters each year, and hopes to continue for many more years to come. He is thrilled to adjudicator SDA and SMFA’s first Spoken Word Festival!
Thank you to all participants for your entries! Entries will be published on the SDA YouTube channel.

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