Showcase and Adjudication


The New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival offers students across the state the opportunity to showcase their talents across an array of different art forms spanning the literary, visual and performing arts. To learn about the specific art forms which students can showcase for adjudication click here.

The Showcases are opportunities for talented students to present their creative talents in their dedicated art forms for their peers, teachers and the professional adjudicating artists on a state-wide platform.

The Adjudications are opportunities for students to receive constructive feedback and critiques on their showcase presentations. Adjudications are performed by the State Festival's professional adjudicating artists . This unique opportunity for students to work with professional artists offers an invaluable experience to gain insights, knowledge and to develop new approaches to improve in each given art form in a supportive and constructive environment.  

Who can Showcase for Adjudication? 

Students ages 13-19 in 7th-12th grade may participate in the Showcase and Adjudication Process

Students must be selected and referred by their local County Teen Arts Festival to the NJ State Teen Arts Festival in order to showcase for adjudication at the state level. Contact your local County Teen Arts Coordinator for more information about your County's Teen Arts Festival. 

*If your county does not have its own local Teen Arts Festival please contact the NJ State Teen Arts Festival to learn about the Virtual Adjudication Submission process.* Click here to Contact Us.

2018 Festival Adjudicators


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Carlye Owens has appeared onstage at Shakespeare and Company, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Cleveland Play House, Monomoy Theater and the McCarter, as well as in a number of off-off Broadway productions. He has also worked as an artist in schools in New York City, Jersey City, and northeast Ohio. Carlyle teaches theater history in the International Performance Ensemble program at Pace University.  He also teaches Acting for Middlesex County Arts High School and previously taught acting and voice while a member of the resident acting company at the Cleveland Play House, at About Face Theater, The Laurel School and while earning his MFA at Ohio University. He is an original member of Raconteur Radio, performing staged radio plays throughout New Jersey and in New York City. He has also taught Acting Shakespeare, auditioning, juggling and mask work.

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John Bukovec Head of Theater Dept -Brookdale CC. Teaches Acting I - IV, Directing & Contemporary American plays. Founded Brookdale Summer Shakespeare Ensemble. Taught & acted w/McCarter Theater Outreach Dept. Acted in NJ/NY/Chicago/Wash D.C. Favorite acting roles: Weston, The Fifth of July; Macbeth, Macbeth; Theramanes, Phadre; Juror #7, Twelve Angry Men. Education: BFA, Ramapo College; MFA Acting, Theater School in Chicago-formerly Goodman School of Drama.


Charles H. Johnson is a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Poet in the Schools and also is a visiting poet in the Paterson, NJ, school system. He is a second-place winner of the 2013 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Prize for  “Sunday Comics” and the Morris County College 2011 New Jersey Poets Prize winner for “Leaving.” His third collection, “Smoke Signals,” received a 2010 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence.


Amanda Richardson has been writing since she could hold a pen. She has been teaching writing classes for 12 years, and is currently at Stockton University and the Arts  and Education Center. She also tutors at Brookdale Community College. Amanda has participated as both staff and writing student at the Murphy Writing of Stockton University seminars since 2002. She has been published in MARGIE/The American Journal of Poetry, won The Jeanette Gottlieb Award for Poetry, and received an Honorable Mention for the R.J. Corradino Prize for Love Poetry. She earned her BS in Marine Science with a Minor in Writing from Stockton University and her MFA in Creative Writing: Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. She loves all genres of writing, and is currently working on her own memoir.



Mrs. Eileen Cooper Sedek has earned praise for her “winsome stage presence” (Star Ledger) and “spectacular acting and vocal performance” (Stage Magazine).  Her solo concert appearances include Carmina Burana, Liebeslieder Waltzer, Ein deutsches Requiem, and The Messiah, and her stage roles include Noémie (Cendrillon), Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), La Prima Sorella/La Sorella Cercatrice (Suor Angelica), Rosemary (How to Succeed...), Laurey (Oklahoma!), and Sharon Graham (Master Class – 2014 Best Supporting Actress, Kelsey Theatre).  She earned her Master of Music degree at Rutgers University, where she received the Olga Marsano Burian Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music. She adjudicates Teen Arts Festivals throughout New Jersey and teaches privately in Montclair.

Allan Robinson—Faculty of Middlesex County College (Music Department) teaching music theory, music history, and keyboard studies. Organist and choirmaster for religious organizations in Red Bank (Trinity Episcopal Church) and Livingston, NJ (Temple Emanu-El of West Essex).  Teaching Artist in Vocal Music and Musical Theater, Arts & Education Center (for Middlesex and Monmouth Counties).
Education: B.Mus., Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ; M.Mus., Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts; D.M.A. Boston University, College of Fine Arts. 


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David Ambrose is an artist and critic living and working in Bound Brook, New Jersey. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally. He was the subject of a mid-career retrospective entitled, “Repairing Beauty”, at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton, New Jersey in 2016. He has taught at Parsons, The New School for Design, Pratt Institute and the Fashion Institute for Technology.

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David Dziemian is a professional artist who lives and works in NJ with his wife, two kids, three cats, and a whole bunch of fish. He exhibits his work in galleries across the country and is represented in New York by Marion Royael Gallery. David is an adjunct professor at Brookdale Community College as well as a teacher working with the Monmouth and Ocean County Arts High Schools.


Carolyn Soltys-Herbert is a published painter and award-winning photographer, with over 25 years of experience in the arts education and creative settings. She resides in Wall Twp., and graduated from Kean University with a BFA, cum laude, specializing in Visual Communications. Her art is represented by Choice Galleries, and she has had several solo and group shows.Carolyn is employed as a painting and photography instructor at Union County College, Cranford, NJ. She also teaches several fine arts courses through the Senior Scholar program at the college. Besides teaching, Carolyn freelances in graphic design and special event photography. Through her art, she hopes to inspire others to see the extraordinary in the ordinary, and to find beauty in their natural surroundings.


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Dr. Dale Schmid is the Visual & Performing Arts Coordinator for the New Jersey Department of Education.  One of 45 state education agency directors of arts education in the country, he helps shape state and national arts education policy and practice.  A Past-President of the National Dance Education Organization, Dr. Schmid has taught dance and theatre at the high school and collegiate levels; spent many years touring nationally as a dancer, actor, choreographer, director and teaching artist; and is an aspiring jazz percussionist.


Randy James, Founding Artistic Director of 10 Hairy Legs, has made a significant impact in the field of dance for more than three decades locally, regionally, nationally and internationally as a highly regarded dancer, choreographer, teacher, guest lecturer, panelist and staunch advocate of the arts.  His impact in the field led The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation to cite him as “The Patron Saint of New Jersey dance” in 2010.  As a choreographer, James has created more than 40 works on his own companies and in 16 other professional companies throughout the United States, garnering positive reviews from The New York Times and The Village Voice.  The New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State honored him three times with Choreography Fellowships in 1995, 2002 and 2014 in recognition of his artistic excellence and named him “Distinguished Teaching Artist.”  As an Associate Professor of Dance, James has been a member of the dance faculty at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, since 1998.



Dr. Ana María Rosado is an Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Guitar Studies at New Jersey City University. She has also been active internationally as a performing artist concertizing extensively in the United States, Latin America and  the Far East. As an Artistic Ambassador for the USIA, Ana María toured eight Latin American countries including Mexico and Argentina. Her solo recordings: a debut CD released on the Albany Records label, We’ve got (poly)rhythm, and an independently produced CD, Salsa and other beats… both focus on new music from Latin American composers. Her most recent performances have taken her to Cuba, Haiti and  Nepal.

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Dr. Gilles Bernard is Assistant Professor of Music and Coordinator of Brass Studies at New Jersey City University and is on the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division. He holds the position of principal trombone with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra (PA) and was second trombone with the Lancaster Festival Orchestra (OH) for eighteen summers. An active freelance artist, current and past performances include organizations such as the Metropolitan Opera, the Harrisburg and Reading Symphony orchestras (PA), the Hartford Symphony (CT), the Springfield Symphony (MA), as well as Radio City's Christmas Spectacular and the Broadway revival of The King and I. Education: BM and MM from the Juilliard School; DMA from Manhattan School of Music.

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Dr. d’Auguste is the Coordinator of Woodwind Studies at New Jersey City University, where he directs the NJCU Clarinet Choir and serves as advisor of the award winning NJCU NAfME Chapter. Performance highlights from the ’17-’18 season include; the Sam Houston State University Awea Duo Festival, Texas; Mid-Atlantic Flute Conference, Virginia; the College Music Society Northeast Conference, Delaware. This summer, he will perform at the ClariFest in Belgium. Additionally, he has given lectures at the Eastern Conference of the National Association for Music Education, the New Jersey Music Educators Association Conference, and regularly gives clinics at schools around New Jersey.


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P.J. Bracco is Owner/Executive Director of Red Hook Films®. P.J. began his career directing & producing Off-Broadway in the 90’s. Launched production company (1997) with the award winning feature film “The Court”, maintained a career on the fringes of the independent scene, producing films, music videos & commercials. Currently in development w/several new projects, P.J. pursues, & creates new opportunities in motion pictures, brings experience & knowledge to the classroom. Each project is approached with a focus on clear & engaging stories, exploring various styles & techniques to achieve cinematic excellence, while delivering on time & on budget.
Education: BFA, Acting, Boston U. College of Fine Arts.



Ron Sharpe was the Executive Producer of the Broadway musical A Tale of Two Cities, and A Catered Affair. Performed on Broadway as Jean Valjean & Marius in Les Miserables and in the original Broadway musicals of The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Civil War, & Disney’s King David; numerous TV appearances and concert performances around the world. Education: Comprehensive Music Education Degree, U of Illinois; member of AEA, AFTRA, The Broadway League of American Theatrical Producers.


Samantha Sharpe is a professional singer/actress based in NJ. She currently performs and travels around the world in the Broadway concert tour, “Married To Broadway”. Last holiday season Samantha head lined at Resorts Atlantic City in their "Broadway Holiday Show". She will be returning to AC in the month of December. Samantha recently played "Jo March" in Little Women at The Kelsey Theatre, for which she won the Kelsey Award for “Outstanding Lead Actress In A Musical”. Some other previous roles include “Edwin Drood” in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, "Eponine" in Les Miserables"Martha" in The Secret Garden, "Natalie/Ed" in All Shook Up, and "Julia Gulia" in The Wedding Singer. Samantha thinks very highly of this program and loves being apart of it!