Paul Fowler GODA, SASDA
In over 40 years involvement with the drama festivals movement, Paul Fowler has been an actor, director and stage manager, company committee member, chairman and festival organiser.
A former journalist, broadcaster and public relations consultant, Paul who lives in Kettering, Northants, has worked for newspapers, magazines, television and radio stations all over the world, specialising in his other great passion – motorsport – and in particular, motorcycle racing.
He has been a well-known commentator on top level motorcycle racing, PR spokesman for the motorcycle industry and a tutor at television and radio presentation courses in Westminster aimed at helping politicians, public service employees and top level businessmen deal with the electronic media. In 2001 Paul took a break from his career and three years later graduated from the University of Essex with an Honours degree in Drama and Literature.
As an actor Paul has appeared in the British All Winners Finals on two occasions including a role in the winning production of The Royal Hunt of the Sun in 1985. As a director his production of Owen McCafferty’s Days of Wine and Roses was the winner of the British All Winners Finals in 2014.
Paul now works as an Independent Celebrant, and conducts non-religious baby namings, weddings and funeral services in and around his home town of Kettering, Northamptonshire.
Since becoming a member of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators in 2001 Paul has adjudicated in both the North and South of Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England and the Isle of Man.
This is his third appearance as an adjudicator at Welwyn, having also appeared in the festival as an actor, director and audience member.
In 2007 he adjudicated the Welsh One Act finals, and in 2010 and 2017 presided at the AETF English Finals. He was adjudicator for the 2011 and 2015 British All Winners Finals, and the 2015 British Finals. In 2012 he was the adjudicator for the Ulster One Act Finals and last year he officiated at the Ulster Full Length Final.
Paul has just completed a three-year term as Chairman of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators, and is also a member of Scottish Association of Speech and Drama Adjudicators.