Call for Submissions
Theatre SKAM’s 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; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please direct submissions to Operations Manager: Kate Wallace, email@example.com.
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:
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: http://www.skam.ca/skampede/