We are proud to share the creation experience with the following peers:

  • Artist in Residence: Jo Leslie

Jo is Theatre SKAM’s artist in residence. Jo has an extensive career, having worked in theatre, dance, and education across the country. While at SKAM she is sharing her expertise in movement- leading classes in movement for a select group of local professional directors. Her dramaturgy skills are contributing to the completion of two scripts: Joan and Shop Talk. SKAM has worked to connect Jo with other local professionals and to provide her space to work on her creations. Thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts for their support of this residency.

  • Progress Lab

For many years, Theatre SKAM has been part of a loose collective of artists based in Vancouver known as The Progress Lab. It is from this collective creative thrust that the hugely successful Hive events were born, and Theatre SKAM has been part of all three Hives, including the most recent presentation as part of the Cultural Olympiad in March 2010.

The Progress Lab was originally formed in 2006 by eleven independent theatre companies as a consortium to produce and create innovative work. The eleven companies are: Boca del Lupo, Electric Company, Felix Culpa, Leaky Heaven Circus, Neworld Theatre, The Only Animal, Radix, Rumble Productions, Theatre Conspiracy, Theatre Replacement, and as the only island representative – us – Theatre SKAM.

  • Homegrown Initiatives

Inspired by our work with The Progress Lab, in 2008 Theatre SKAM spearheaded the creation of Victoria’s own ad-hoc group, The Homegrown Collective. Designed to provide performance opportunities for the city’s emerging and independent performance creators, SKAM produced four events for the Collective under the umbrella of The Homegrown Initiatives: Schoolhouse Rocks (2008), Schoolhouse Rocks On (2009), Bike Ride (2009 & 2010) and Haunted (2009).

These events have been instrumental in providing opportunities for local independent performance creators and demonstrate Theatre SKAM’s role in the community as a bridge between emerging and established artists. Theatre SKAM is thus continually looking both toward our own community and further afield in in order to support and serve ourselves and our community artistically.

The Belfry and its amazing staff have supported SKAM right from the early days. Most recently we thank them for their support of our Smalltown workshops as well as their generosity as we continue the development of My Memory’s Not So Good.

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