Operations Manager Search

Do you have a desire to assist professional artists in creating outstanding live performance events? Do you prefer a night out with live people to a night in watching Netflix in your sweats? Do you rarely have outbursts? Are you calm under pressure? Then you may be the Operations Manager Theatre SKAM seeks.

We are:

  • On a mission to create theatre that is innovative and entertaining, and above all – never boring
  • Providing varied and provocative live experiences for audiences in Victoria and on tour
  • Offering paid employment (28 hours weekly) with benefits package (including dental) at a rate of $16 per hour.
  • In touch with another organization interested in job sharing this position. (The right candidate has the potential to increase to 40 hours weekly by job sharing with another professional arts organization.)
  • Known for our sense of fun

You are:

  • Skilled at collaboration
  • Able to manage day-to-day communications in an office setting like you were born right there in that office
  • Really great with social and traditional media
  • A sage when negotiating contracts
  • A wizard at tracking deadlines
  • Comfortable working with volunteers
  • Financially gifted with budget management and fundraising, or secretly harbouring a burning desire to become so
  • Fun

As one of two core staff, you will be responsible for managing theatre operations including contracts, records and office logistics. You will contribute to SKAM communications, fundraising, and artistic delivery with the Artistic Producer and short-term contract staff.

Previous knowledge of the arts, say, a degree or certificate in arts administration, financial management or equivalent administrative experience in a Non-Profit organization, while not necessary, will likely vault you ahead of other candidates.

Theatre SKAM has been entertaining audiences in Victoria and on tour for nearly 21 years and we’re still providing our region with relevant entertaining work; offering opportunities for emerging artists, production teams and staff and making Victoria a better place to live.

Theatre SKAM is also an equal-opportunity employer and we welcome applicants of all shapes and stripes.

Please understand that we will only be responding to those applicants selected for an interview.

Are you in?

Then please send cover letter and resume to secretary@skam.ca

Our intent is to conduct interviews October 19th to 23rd and to fill the position by November 2, 2015.

Lieutenant Nun

The next project in our Theatre SKAM Remixed series is Lieutenant Nun.

From the original Monday Magazine review (2003):

Lt. Nun ***** (five stars out of five) Let me be perfectly clear about this: you simply must see this show. Absolutely. Without question… Cancel whatever evening plans you may have had and go see this show while you can. I guarantee people will be talking about it for years to come.

– John Threlfall

Lieutenant Nun poster for webWe’re very proud to present our colleagues from Puente Theatre and SNAFU Dance Theatre who have teamed up to co-produce a brand new production of this terrific play by Elaine Avila. The play runs as part of the Victoria Fringe Festival (Page 31 in the Fringe guide or click here for times and location. Briefly- every night of the Fringe except August 31st at 6pm nightly. Special reception and surprise 11-minute AGM on opening night August 27th at 5:15pm.)

We chose Lieutenant Nun as one of the shows we wanted to remix as part of our year-long 20th birthday season because: it is an unbelievable true tale by a very smart lady, we wanted to play with Puente and SNAFU- who we knew were the perfect partners to tell this story, and because the 2003 production served to help define Theatre SKAM.

In 2003 when we first produced the show, discussions around gender were not in the mainstream to the degree they are now- not by a long shot.

Mercedes (Puente) and Kathleen (SNAFU) have done a tremendous job -better than SKAM did a decade ago- of delving into the history that surrounds the play. These two companies are the perfect partners for this project, and let’s face it, they’ve done all the work.

To be in touch with playwright Elaine Avila again has been a joy. We’re so thrilled she was willing to revisit this work in a forward-thinking way, and we can’t wait to see the show.



Theatre SKAM will be surprising the opening night audience at Lieutenant Nun with our annual AGM. Don’t worry, it’s not as mean as it sounds. It takes us less than 15-minutes to report on our last official year and provides our membership (audience) the chance to vote in a dedicated team of directors who guide our company with sage wisdom.

Join us:


August 27, 2015

Macaulay Point Park

(corner of Lampson and Munro in Esquimalt)

FREE! (The show is ticketed $11 plus one-time $5 Fringe button.)


SKAMpede Thank you

A very big thank you to all who contributed to SKAMpede. The 2015 edition of our festival was supported by:

  • Department of Canadian Heritage
  • BC Gaming
  • Smoking Lily
  • Dowell’s Moving and Storage
  • Kiss 103.1 and the Ocean 98.5 FM
  • The Times Colonist

As well, Theatre SKAM receives ongoing support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the CRD Arts Development Fund.


Our thanks to the summer 2015 staff: Chase, Colette, Graham, Heather, and Kate- as well as, of course, to all the artists who appeared this year. Stay tuned for Lieutenant. Nun at the Victoria Fringe.

Hear that? There’s a SKAMpede coming!

BikeRideGimmickTheatre SKAM’s annual festival of drama, comedy, improv, opera, dance, puppetry, cycling, music and sunshine is coming back to the Galloping Goose Trail — with a new name, longer hours and a more accessible ride than every before!

Theatre SKAM’s SKAMpede 2015 lineup:

Maimyard of the Pacific – 2 Dope Boys in a Cadillac (Victoria)
The Tiebreaker – The After Party Girls (Vancouver)
Re-Gretta – Astral Jazz Theatre (Victoria)
If I Had A Horse – Ben, Dave, Steve (Edmonton)
The Oldest Trick in the Book – The Click (Victoria)
The Return of Space Cadet – Determined Illusions (Vancouver)
Don Faust’s Magic Butterfly Marriage of Doom – Fear No Opera (Victoria)
Harvey & Quinn – Gotta Getta Gimmick (Victoria)
Wait – Go Go Go Productions (Toronto)
The Tree of Tales – Juniper Tree (Victoria)
The Rope Seer: The Legend of Knockan Hill – Scrumpy Productions (Victoria)
Scope – Zopyra Theatre (Victoria)

In the Hub:

Geraldine’s Big Blind Date – Levity Stilt Co (Victoria)
Gazoo Reveals Its True Nature – Jo Leslie (Victoria)

Saturday, July 11 only in the Hub:
PROTEST! Created By Kate Rubin Theatre and Drama Students.

And the Friday Night Feast July 10, 2015: three-course dinner and 12+ shows!

Head over to the Bike Ride SKAMpede page for more info.

Runaway premieres and The Lab gets remixed!

SKAM-15-Lab-poster-1000pxAs part of our 20th birthday season, we’re revisiting four past SKAM productions. Our trusty 2014 summer interns Chase Hiebert and Colette Habel have been charged with remixing The Lab. Their challenges:

— Produce the work for a traditional theatre space
— Use six actors (instead of just one)
— And just like the early days of SKAM, they have almost no money to do so!

Necessity is the mother of invention — right, guys?

SKAM Remixed: The Lab 2.0
April 30 – May 9 @ 8 PM
(no show May 4)
Intrepid Theatre Club
(1609 Blanshard)


Sixteen-year-old activist Sam Stewart values the environment so much she won’t even eat fish. She’s gone under the radar to organize a rally hosted by David Suzuki — who hasn’t shown up! Now she’ll have to convince her supporters to help save the world from an alien threat much more urgent than Global Warming. Can she save the world with the help of her sister, seasoned environmentalist Annie Stewart, or will she have to go it alone?

Runaway is a bittersweet slice of life with a dash of humour and a pinch of song. It’s a heartfelt meditation on growing up in an uncertain world, moving on in the wake of tragedy, and leaving the planet in better shape than you found it.

This World Premiere features Randi Edmundson, Jess Amy Shead and Kieran Wilson; direction by Graham McDonald; Design by Halley Fulford and Freyja Zazu; Design Mentorship by Catherine Hahn.

by Mika Laulainen

May 2-3 @ 7 PM
Metro Studio Theatre
(1411 Quadra Street)

May 7-8 @ 6:30 PM
May 9 @ 2 PM & 4 PM
Intrepid Theatre Club
(1609 Blanshard)

RUNAWAY premieres at the 3rd annual Family Theatre Festival!

Theatre SKAM’s Runaway is set to premiere at the 3rd annual Family Theatre Festival, presented by Ocean 98.5 and KiSS 103.1 Victoria!

Kaleidoscope Theatre, Intrepid Theatre, Puente Theatre with Old Trout Puppet Workshop, and yes, Theatre SKAM, will take to the mainstage of the Metro Studio for the 3rd Annual Family Theatre Festival. Experience the magic of theatre for the whole family!

All shows take place on both Saturday, May 2 & Sunday, May 3 at the Metro Studio, 1411 Quadra Street. You can check out the full lineup of shows on Kaleidoscope’s Facebook Event. Tickets are available at Ticket Rocket.

SKAM-The-Runaway-14-1000pxRunaway, by Mika Laulainen. 16 year old Sam has invited you to an anti-car rally featuring world renowned activist David Suzuki. Dr Suzuki is late, and things are not quite as Sam advertised. Sam’s story takes us on a journey from environmental activism, via waiting rooms and play time, to a place of real heart. A bittersweet slice of life with a dash of humour and a pinch of song. This is a show about sisters, friendship, loss… and aliens.

Runaway premieres at the Family Theatre Festival May 2 & 3 at 7 PM, with more shows to come…


SKAM’s 20th year Marches on!

Dear SKAM fans, we haven’t slowed down since our birthday year began. We’ve got major updates on a big range of SKAM projects at various stages of development, so let’s roll them out:

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— SKAM has a big presence at the Belfry Theatre’s SPARK Festival this year! March 9 at 7 PM, the fest hosts a reading of SKAM classic Billy Nothin‘ (original SKAM touring production pictured above). It’s a western with more twists than a lasso, and the reading features the talents of Wes Borg, SKAM founding member Sarah Donald, Caitriona Murphy, RJ Peters and David Radford. Then March 11-14 and 18-21, check out a collection of six SKAM-inspired mini-plays from Zopyra Theatre, Impulse Theatre, Charles Ross, Kate Rubin Theatre + Drama, Barbara Poggemiller, and Hateful Spring Productions. Admission to these Belfry events is free to our entire legion of SKAM fans, as our gift to you! (Okay, you got us — they’re free to anyone and everyone, each and all. We’re humbled and flattered by the gesture of including SKAM in the festival, and we can’t wait to see the work it’s inspired.)

Fashion Machine — SKAM’s one-of-a-kind performance installation where kids make your best outfit better — is currently in training with kids at École Quadra Elementary, Tillicum Community School, Oak & Orca Bioregional School, and Elizabeth Buckley School. We’re teaching kids aged 8-12 about fashion, style, design, sewing, performance and more.

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Then we’re heading downtown for a two-night run at the Royal BC Museum! Tickets are available on the museum websiteFashion Machine runs at the Royal BC Museum Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29 at 7 PM. Tickets are $10, or $30 for a family pass. Lucky (and brave) audience members can have their clothes remade by the young artists*.

*Volunteers will get their clothes back considerably — and permanently — altered! Don’t worry if you just want to watch; wear a “chicken” sticker (provided) and the kids will keep their hands off.

Bike Ride will be back in July, on a new schedule and with a new name. Submissions for performing companies are now open!


If you’ve got a ten-minute piece you can’t wait to show off on the Galloping Goose Trail July 10-12, check out the submission form and get your application in by March 15!

— Associate Artistic Producer Max Johnson is heading into a special residency to write a new draft of his play Monopolis — and we hear that it’ll end with a reading open to the public! Keep watching this space for more… and don’t forget to follow our Facebook, Twitter and mailing list!

Thanks to Ballet Victoria!


SKAM-15-Aerwacol-poster-1000px (1)This weekend, Paul Destrooper and his company of dancers at Ballet Victoria kicked off a season of SKAM Remixed collaborations with
Ballet Victoria’s Aerwacol. We gave the team quite a challenge, and they did not disappoint! The SKAM team loved seeing the work you’d done to bring Aerwacol off the tracks and onto the stage. Thanks for making our first remix such a memorable dance down memory lane.

Up next for SKAM: Check out a Billy Nothin’ reading and SKAM-inspired mini-plays at the Belfry Theatre’s SPARK Festival in March…