History of SKAM

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.