Quesnel Festival of the Performing Arts

SPEECH & DRAMATIC ARTS

April 10–13, 2024

Volunteers Needed!!

We are in need of Volunteers for this festival. Click on the Volunteer button above and fill out the form. Your efforts will go a long way! Email us for more information at quesnelfestivalperformingarts@gmail.com

All registrations and entries are to be submitted via DanceComp Genie. Please familiarize yourself on how to register by clicking the buttons below, which will take you to comprehensive and detailed information to do it right the first time!

It is the responsibility of each participant to read and comply with all the Rules governing the QFPA Dance Festival.

This Year’s Adjudicators

2024 Speech Arts Adjudicator
Nitasha Rajoo

Nitasha Rajoo has over two decades of experience in the performing arts, with roles encompassing actor, director, and educator. Her professional journey has been a tapestry woven from a profound passion for the creative arts, education, travel, and adventure which has allowed her to work all over the globe -leading workshops, writing professional study guides, adjudicating, teaching, directing, and programming—including countries such as South Africa, Tanzania, India, USA, Jamaica, England and home in Canada.

Nitasha’s Canadian footprint includes writing study guides for Saffron Threads ( South Asian Studies Institute), The In-Between by Marcus Youssef, Voice by Ismaila Alfa ( Prairie Theatre Exchange), Derwent is Different by Jamie Morris, and Like it or Not Green by Katey Hoffman ( Green Thumb Theatre Company), The Post- Mistress by Tomson Highway and The Mountaintop by Katori Hall ( Royal Manitoba Theatre Company). She has presented practical, creative, and innovative workshops at the Anti-Racism Educators Summit, ABCDE conference, CODE, PACT, the Teaching Shakespeare Program, and the Teaching Artist Program (Stratford Festival). She has led the Education departments at Stratford Festival and Royal Manitoba Theatre Company. She has been invited to consult on drama reform for schools in the Northwest Territories and in BC has passionately taught drama workshops to new immigrants and refugees. Nitasha currently leads the Creative Teens program with the Arts Club in Vancouver.

Nitasha holds a Master of Arts in the Advanced Teachings of Shakespeare from Warwick University in partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company. As the Head of Drama and as a drama educator in the UK, Nitasha has directed plays such as 1984, Lord of the Flies, The Crucible, and countless Shakespeare productions with up to 60 students in the cast.

Nitasha is passionate about the art of storytelling; hearing different perspectives, and learning from and with our global community. As a consultant for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Nitasha leverages her rich theatre background to navigate the intricate and imperative realm of EDI work. Nitasha has founded, Creative Inclusive Educators, which allows schools and teachers an opportunity to reinvigorate their drama and arts curriculum by “creating curious change” by shaping and producing pedagogy from diverse cultural, and racialized groups.

Best,

Nitasha Rajoo, B.A, B.Ed, M.A
Educator and Curriculum Programmer (Theatre) | Arts Administration| Adjudicator

Performing Arts promotes creativity, self-discovery and expression. It is an essential part of our community. If you would like to be part of fostering the Arts in Quesnel, contact us!

Photo credits: Clarke Action Photography and Bob Michek at South Hill Graphics.

The Quesnel Festival of the Performing Arts is a partner-in-perpetuity with the Rotary Club of Quesnel.