Theatre SKAM is a theatre company based in Victoria, B.C. 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 their studio/office in Victoria’s Gorge neighbourhood.
Over the years, the company has produced numerous works to critical and audience acclaim, many of them in site-specific environments -- including Aerwacol 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; SKAMpede (formerly 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 toured to Vancouver, Toronto, Seattle, Philadelphia, New York, France and Nanaimo.
Theatre SKAM was formed by four emerging artists (Sarah Donald, Karen Turner, Amiel Gladstone, and Matthew Payne) as a means for the creation and production of new work.
Founded in 1995, Theatre SKAM’s mandate is to create a living, contemporary, professional theatre; to provide varied and provocative theatrical entertainment for audiences in Victoria and on tour; and to employ emerging theatre artists.
Known for their sense of fun, SKAM was formed in 1995 with a mission to create theatre that is innovative and entertaining, and above all – never boring.
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 and non-professional), community groups, and local experts.