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- Grant Millar Paterson
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Grant Paterson is a teacher, actor, musician, singer, adjudicator, director, and examiner specializing in speech arts. Paterson started his teaching career in 1994, giving private lessons in drama and speech arts with Mount Royal colleague Jim Dobbins. Paterson started teaching at the Mount Royal University Conservatory in 1995 in Speech, Theatre, and Communication Studies and eventually held the position of Coordinator of the Speech Arts department. Paterson continues to teach as a sessional speech arts instructor in the Conservatory and as a part-time lecturer in the School of Communication Studies.
Paterson is an examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music and was heavily involved in the merger of the Mount Royal College Conservatory and Royal Conservatory of Music syllabus and examination criteria. Paterson is also a well-known speech arts adjudicator and has adjudicated at various speech, drama, and performing arts festivals throughout Alberta and Canada.
Paterson is trained as an actor and has been involved in many local theatre productions. The play Rhyme Rustler: The Ballad of Robert Service was written, directed, and performed by Paterson and was taken up for two seasons by the Vertigo Theatre. Paterson graduated from the Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England in 1979 and also hold Associate Diplomas in Speech Arts and Drama from Mount Royal College and The Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto. Paterson graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1980 and a Master of Fine Arts in 1994. Paterson also attended Trinity College of Music, London, England, earning his Associate diploma in 1976, his Licentiate in 1985, and finally his Fellowship in 1988.
Grant Paterson is also the son of Dr. Leona Paterson who founded Mount Royal's Speech and Drama Department in 1944.
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