Theatre SKAM

PACT Membership: Affiliate Membership

PACT Caucuses: Architects,

PACT Region: 1 – British Columbia


Theatre SKAM strives, with rigour and discipline, to effect positive social change in our community, to propel the professional careers of a wide range of artists, notably Victoria artists, and especially emerging artists, and to invigorate our community with living contemporary theatre and events that provide varied, inventive and surprising entertainment for audiences in Victoria and on tour.


Known for our sense of fun, SKAM was formed in 1995 with a mission to create theatre that is innovative and entertaining, and above all – never boring.

Vision Statement

Theatre SKAM continues its mission to produce high quality provocative theatre for audiences in Victoria and on tour, working to create dialogue and partnership with like-minded arts practitioners (professional & non-professional), community groups and local experts.

Current Season:

July 2018 - the 10th Annual SKAMpede Festival

August 2018 - Concord Floral by Jordan Tannahill

November 2018 - Grownups Perform Plays Kids Wrote #2 (Fundraising Event)

February 2019 - 7eventy 7even by Charles Tidler

Full Year Operations - SKAM School of Performing Arts

Company Information:

  • Year Founded: 1995
  • Annual Budget: $300,000
  • Season Starts: April
  • Season Ends: March
  • Theatre Tours: Yes
  • Tour Locations:
    • Regionally
    • Nationally
    • Internationally
  • Engagement Contracts:
    • ADC
    • ITA
    • INDIE 2.1
  • Description of work:

    Theatre SKAM was formed in 1995 by four emerging artists (Sarah Donald, Karen Turner, Amiel Gladstone, and Matthew Payne) as a means for the creation and production of new work.

    After twelve years as an ad-hoc, project-based company, in 2007 founding member Matthew Payne took over as Artistic Producer, with a mandate to move the company to year-round operations. The company now operates year-round with full-time staff positions, supporting local artists and creating new work from our studio/office in Victoria’s Gorge neighbourhood.

    Over the years, the company has produced numerous works to critical and audience acclaim, includingAerwacol and Billy Nothin’ by Sean Dixon, who has written several plays for the company as official playwright-out-of-residence; Hippies and Bolsheviks, The Wedding Pool, Black Box and My Three Sisters by founding Artistic Director Amiel Gladstone; and The Lieutenant Nun, by Elaine Avila, among many others. Recent work includes Cariboo Buckaroo, developed in partnership with the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation and presented with community partners throughout the Cariboo Chilcotin; Bike Ride, a festival featuring performances along the Galloping Goose Regional Cycling Trail, with the audience on bikes; and Smalltown, a new musical by Amiel Gladstone and Lucas Myers, selected as Victoria’s Critic’s Choice Spotlight Awards Best New Play.

    Theatre SKAM has built a solid reputation as creators of innovative site-specific work and intimate elegant theatre. We play a pivotal role in the cultural life of our region and are recognized by peers across the country for our contribution to national networks and new work development.

    Theatre SKAM has toured to Vancouver, Toronto, Seattle, Philadelphia, New York, France and Nanaimo.

  • Festivals & Special Events:

    SKAMpede Annual Festival - a live mobile performance festival that presents short site-specific work from local, regional, and national artists. Formerly known as Bike Ride.

  • New Play Development Activities:

    Theatre SKAM regularly supports the development of new work through tailored and personalized experiences.

    Most recently, the company supported the development and first presentation of Pamela Bethel's After the Beep, which has now toured three Fringe Festivals and was presented at Intrepid Theatre's Uno Fest in 2017.

  • Other Activities:

    - Operates the SKAM School of Performing Arts year round, offering theatrical training from ages 5 to adult.

    - Owns a Pop-Up Theatre, a 10 seat theatre in the back of a pick up truck.

  • Senior Staff:

  • Matthew PayneArtistic Producer
  • Kate WallaceOperations Manager
  • Kathleen GreenfieldStudio Administrator
  • Andrew BarrettCommunications Coordinator

Venue Information:

  • Number of Rehersal seats: 15

Rental Information:

  • Venue rental Information:

    Venue rentals: yes
  • Venue rental contact name: Andrew Barrett
  • Venue rental contact title: Communications Coordinator
  • Venue rental contact phone: 250-386-7526
  • Venue rental contact email:
  • Other rental Information:

    Other rentals:
    • Costumes
    • Equipment

Solicitation Information:

  • Playwrights:

    Accept unsolicited scripts: yes
  • Actors:

    Accept Resumés: yes
  • General auditions: no
  • Contact name: Matthew Payne
  • Contact Title: Artistic Producer
  • Contact Phone: 250-386-7526
  • Contact Email:
  • Production staff:

    Accept Resumés: yes
  • Contact name: Matthew Payne
  • Contact Title: Artistic Producer
  • Contact Phone: 250-386-7526
  • Contact Email:
  • Administrative Staff:

    Accept Resumés: yes
  • Contact name: Kate Wallace
  • Contact Title: Operations Manager
  • Contact Phone: 250-386-7526
  • Contact Email:
  • Designers:

    Accept Resumés: yes
  • Contact name: Matthew Payne
  • Contact Title: Artistic Producer
  • Contact Phone: 250-386-7526
  • Contact Email:
  • Directors:

    Accept Resumés: yes
  • Contact name: Matthew Payne
  • Contact Title: Artistic Producer
  • Contact Phone: 250-386-7526
  • Contact Email: