Deborah has been involved in Speech Arts since the age of seven, when she began “elocution” lessons in Victoria, BC with Wilfrid Ord at the “Victoria School of Expression”. She has an Education certificate from UVic, and an associate’s diploma in Speech and Drama from Mount Royal College, Calgary. Deborah taught public school for more than ten years before turning her attention to speech arts and drama as a private teacher. For 25 years, she ran a speech and drama studio, Rainbow Kids’ Theatre in Prince George, BC., coaching up to 100 students (ages 3 – adult) a year in private and small group situations. She also enjoyed running a 2 week long ‘Production Camp’ every summer where students presented fairytale and Shakespeare plays to enthusiastic audiences. Since relocating to Penticton, she has stayed active, working for local and provincial festival organizations. Ms. McGladdery has adjudicated for many festivals in Canada, is a member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators’ Association, and works as a Speech Arts examiner for Royal Conservatory.
She is looking forward to working with students in Penticton through the Academy of Music.