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In Need of Yarn

Hey friends! Theatre SKAM is looking to source some super bulky, brightly coloured wool yarn for an upcoming SKAMpede show – think things that would be good arm-knit with. Please email or call us at 250 386 7526 with your fabulous ideas, or to make a donation!

Kate Rubin Theatre Summer Camp

Have a kid that loves theatre? Know a kid that does? Well then Kate Rubins theatre summer camp is for you!

Sign up for this incredible opportunity in July ! For those aspiring students who want to take the next step in their theatre training; this intensive will deliver! Led by professional theatre artists and teachers, the week’s activities and creative goals will include in depth physical theatre and movement development, character creation, and learning how to build a collective and collaborative performance piece together. The students’ ideas and input are hugely important to the final product and they will learn about how to build a performance piece, go through a rehearsal process and perform in front of public audiences on the Saturday and Sunday of that weekend at Theatre SKAM’s Summer Theatre Festival, SKAMpede. Students do not need prior experience and yet we ask that they are able to work collaboratively with others and that they have a strong interest in the performing arts.

Sign up here!

Fashion Machine is now touring internationally!

Fashion Machine sees professionals from the fields of textiles, theatre and photography working with children between the age of 9 and 13 to re-invent select audience members outfits. Young performers participate in a training program that prepares them for a public show. These budding fashionistas select up to 7 lucky audience members whose outfits will be totally re-imagined.

Development for Fashion Machine began with the Victoria Inter-Cultural Association and continued at Open Space, an art gallery in Victoria. After a premiere in June 2014 at Pacific Opera Victoria’s Opera Shop, the machine has travelled to Fusebox Festival in Austin, Texas (2015) and across the pond to be a part of Mayfest in Bristol and Chapter Cardiff, Wales (2016).

An on-site photographer captures photos that are projected onto a screen in real time and videos from the training sessions provide insight into the young artists’ process. Audience members mingle around the artists work stage.

This unique performance is seeing major success in Canada and the UK, and we hope to keep the machine moving with future presentations!

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.