SKAM SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT! We’re singin’ from the roof tops!

Townies01croppedOkay, none of our shows are actually musicals on rooftops, but we’re that excited for 2016-17. (A musical on rooftop, hmm.) Here’s what we’re making for you this year:

Fashion Machine
 follows a successful appearance at the Fusebox Festival in Austin, Texas (2015) with a U.K. Tour to Bristol and Cardiff. The team departs May 11th and returns June 6th, but not before one show only with George Jay Elementary on April 30th, 2pm. Please join us to cheer on a brand new group of kids and to wish us bon voyage!

is back on the Galloping Goose July 8th, 9th and 10th! Our little festival that could is growing, and this year the HUB relocates to Harbour Road. Live theatre, dance, spoken word, music and more. Food, libations and roving entertainers. Tickets are $10 this year. That’s right, we halved the price! And kids under 13 are free.  Spend a sunny afternoon with SKAM.

Friday Night Feast
is back on July 8th at the Harbour Road Hub. Did you miss it last year? Don’t miss it this year! A chance to see all 12 Trail Shows, enjoy appies, drinks, and a three-course meal by chef Jennifer Danter. Outdoors. Licensed. Only 50 tickets will be sold.

Shop Talk
is a World Premiere at the Pacific Opera Victoria scene shop.
Join us in October for a comedy where carpenters assemble a set as the drama of their lives unfolds.  Directed by Chelsea Haberlin, it’s a lively, site specific romp.

 will finally Premiere as a part of the Belfry Theatre’s SPARK Festival in 2017.  This play pays homage to one of Victoria’s most infamous theatre patrons, and will be performed off-site at the Metro Theatre. Led by James Fagan Tait, the creative team reassembles to improve upon the 2013 preview.
And, keep your ears and eyes open for surprises, parties, workshops and play readings. One we’re working on: In 1998 SKAM toured Zastrozzi to New York. We took the greyhound there and back. Only not everyone came home. We left Christian Martin there with one dollar and a dream. It’ll Come to Me is Christian’s rollicking and dramatic true life story about choosing a New York life, battling personal demons and returning to the island for a whole lotta loss and redemption. SKAM is very excited and honoured to work with Christian on this amazing new work.SEASON SUBSCRIPTION OPPORTUNITY!  We are aiming to double our Subscriber base! Help us go from 2 subscribers to 4! (Thanks Janis and Jessica. Will you consider renewing?) Subscription gets you into Fashion Machine, SKAMpede, Shop Talk, Joan and invited to any of our play readings!  It’s a steal at $50!

Finally:  Please fill out our online survey, which we hope helps SKAM stay great and be greater.  Your voice is truly important! Click the SKAM Survey here.

Call for Submissions: SKAMpede

Call for Submissions

(Victoria, BC)

Theatre SKAMs SKAMpede

Theatre SKAM seeks submissions from Canadian performing arts companies for new 8 to 10 minute works to be performed outdoors in Victoria, BC: July 8 to 10, 2016.

Theatre SKAM is seeking submissions of interest from Canadian artists for our upcoming project SKAMpede. Now in its eighth year, this live performance event features original short performances by artists stationed outside along the Galloping Goose Regional Trail. Performances are repeated over the course of the day as audiences ride their bikes, walk, skateboard, rollerblade, or scooter their way in groups of 12, from show to show. SKAM encourages applications from all disciplines as the event features comedy, drama, storytelling, spoken word, improv, music, opera, puppetry and dance.

Up to 12 short works and 2 to 4 roving entertainers who appear at the festival’s central gathering area- the hub- will be programmed. If you are applying to be one of the roving entertainers in the hub, please fill out the separate application form for these positions. Roving entertainers interact and mingle with festival attendees as characters. Stilt-walkers, large puppets or mascots work well, but we are happy to hear from improvisers, magicians, and other solo artists whose performances work well in crowds.

Successful applicants are paid a professional fee. Successful applicants from outside Victoria are also provided accommodation and travel. In 2015, we programmed two companies from outside BC, two from Vancouver, and ten from Victoria. In 2016 we aim to increase the number of companies from outside BC.

Theatre SKAM is pleased to offer creation support leading up to the festival. Established artists provide dramaturgical support and critical feedback upon request: available to emerging and established artists.

Projects that interact or connect with one of the many environments along the first four kilometres of the trail are ideal.

New for 2016: The festival Hub- or central meeting place- relocates to a stretch of Harbour Road. The footprint of the Hub will expand, and we will introduce a stage for bands, an emcee, and possible appearances by the roving Hub performers.

New for 2016: The jury reviewing applications for 2016 will include established arts professionals from outside Theatre SKAM: Lina de Guevara, Jo Leslie, and Janet Munsil.

New for 2016: Theatre SKAM has programmed two national companies to appear at SKAMpede. We are pleased to welcome 2B Theatre (Halifax, NS) and Gordon Tootoosis Nikiwin Theatre (Saskatoon, SK).

Important: The 4-person jury selection process is blind for the first round, and you must complete your application according to the guidelines included. The merit of your one-page submission is the basis for jury assessment. A good idea and a solid work plan are favoured.

All companies must be available for all three dates of the event and the preview (July 7 to 10). Out of town companies should be prepared to spend five nights in Victoria (July 6 to 11).

SKAMpede runs July 8, 9 and 10, 2016 from Noon to 7pm.

A preview for fellow artists and an invited audience is Thursday July 7, 2016 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. A Friday Night Feast event runs July 8 where all shows play 2 to 4 times and guests enjoy a long-table dinner. On Saturday and Sunday a company can expect to perform from 7 to 20 times throughout the day.

Future Prospects: In the last several years, 14 shows created for this festival have found further work or paid development elsewhere, and one author has been commissioned to create a full-length version of her 10-minute piece. Each year we select two companies to appear at Canada Day celebrations July 1 and these companies are paid a fee.

Please direct inquiries about the application process to Artistic Producer Matthew Payne;

Please direct submissions to Operations Manager: Kate Wallace,

Please submit the SKAMpede application form exactly as detailed below.

Deadline for submissions is February 26, 2016.Deadline EXTENDED to MARCH 4TH, 2016.

Please submit a 2-page PDF and send to Kate or Matt above!  or

Go to online form (preferable!) here.

On the First page, please include the following information:

Company name:

Contact name:

Contact email:

Contact phone number:

A short company history may be provided if you think we need it. This is where to let us know about anyone involved in your project. This will be reviewed after the first round of blind assessment (a paragraph or two).

On the Second page, please include:

Title of Project:

Project Description: Include a short description of the nature of the project and how the piece interacts with the environment along the Trail. This should include: number of performers, a description of where the work might occur along the trail, where the performers might locate themselves, anticipated production values and requirements. Tell us how you visualize the piece and what it is about. Because of the blind jury process any personal names, or information in the description of your project will be redacted (one page please).

Deadline for submissions: February 26, 2016!   DEADLINE EXTENDED to March 4, 2016

Notification: April 7, 2015

For more information about SKAMpede, jump over to:

21st Birthday Bash

The BASH is back!  Celebrating our 21st Birthday.  Awww…we’re growing up!    (sort of)  We still like to have fun and we know you do too.  So kick off the new year with us…the first party of 2016!

SKAM_bday2012_4318_2Don’t miss Mike Demers and Friends who will entertain us with their fab band.

And because we’re 21, we are going to do the things we couldnt as young’s. Like Gambling! Drinking! Voting! Peep Shows! Always entertaining and a night to remember.  Join Us!

Date: February 20th, 2016

Time: 8pm till Late

Location:Fort Tectoria at 777 Fort Street.  Where the cool kids hang.

Cost: (this is a fundraiser you know…):  $25 a ticket, which includes some yummy grub. TICKETS HERE


If you would like to Volunteer, we would love to waive that entrance fee.

Just email: for more info.

The Ami Project

SKAM-2016-Text-Ed-web-banner@2xTo finish up our 20th Birthday Celebrations, we are excited to present to you The Ami Project~ two short plays written by Amiel Gladstone, one of SKAM’s Founders and a Canadian Playwright who is definitely on the move to greatness!

These two shorts are running January 12-16th, 8pm at Bean Around the World on Fisgard.

Avoid Disappointment at the door and Click Here to buy Tickets with Ticket Rocket: Get tickets!

Tickets will also be available at the door.  Ticket prices are $5 and $15.

click here: The Ami Project link for more details!



Meet Kate

Kate and the sawTheatre SKAM is pleased as punch to announce Kate Wallace as our new Operations Manager.

Kate has known the company pretty much since inception, and brings with her a strong career in stage management and arts administration. For those who do not know her yet, we look forward to introducing her to you.

We sincerely thank all applicants for their time. We were humbled to receive very worthy applications from Victoria and beyond.

You can contact her via kate [at] skam [dot] ca.

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.