Speech Arts Adjudicators

Grant Paterson


 Grant Paterson is a well-known teacher, actor, adjudicator, and examiner.  He has been teaching theatre and speech at Mount Royal University, Calgary, since 1994, and he founded and directs Mount Royal Conservatory’s Young Shakespeare Company.


 Mr. Paterson holds Associate Diplomas (Gold Medal) in Speech Arts and Drama from Mount Royal College and from The Royal Conservatory of Music Toronto.  He is a Fellow of Trinity College of Music London.  He also holds a Professional Acting Diploma from Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London, a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Studies from the University of Calgary.  His teachers have included Patsy Rodenburg, Sheila Moriarty, Francis Thomas, and Leona Paterson. 


Mr. Paterson has adjudicated many festivals throughout Canada, including the Canadian National Festival, and has given numerous workshops on topics such as public speaking, handling text, voice and speech, and readers theatre for seniors.  He is an examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music, and has contributed to publications of the RCM including the Speech Arts and Drama Syllabus, 2011 edition.


As an actor, Mr. Paterson has many performance and acting credits in Western Canada.  His play, Rhyme Rustler: The Ballad of Robert Service, had two seasons at Calgary’s Vertigo Theatre.



Robin Norman, B. MUS


Robin studied voice at the University of British Columbia where she was privileged to sing with The UBC Singers under the direction of James Fankhauser and UBC Opera Company directed by French Tickner.  Robin runs her own voice studio and directs the award-winning choir Nove Voce, Winner of the 2019 National Festival.  She most recently has appeared in Les Miserables as Mme Thenardier, HMS Pinafore  – as Cousin Hebe,  Nunsense the Musical as Sister Amnesia  and reprised the role in Nunsense 2 - The Second Coming.  She performs regularly as a soloist and in 2016 was privileged to debut an original piece by Rodney Sharman with the PGSO.

When not on stage she has keeps busy as musical director for shows such as Anne of Green GablesMary PoppinsSound of MusicSpamalotThe ProducersGuys and Dolls and Hello Dolly.  Robin’s pride is her students who have gone on to be great teachers, performers and musicians.


Robin was privileged to be part of Wonderland Players for many years under the direction of Josie Smith.   


Throughout Josie’s teaching plays like the Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and A Midsummer Night’s Dream were a regular part of performance as were speech arts festivals and recitals.    As an adult Robin was a board member of Theatre BC, a two-time thespian award winner as best supporting Actress and best technical. She has performed in Community and professional theatre in plays such as Dancing at Lughnasa, Amadeus, and Talking With.