About the Studio
Professional Teaching Staff Fun, Supportive Environment Small Class Size for Quality Instruction
SKAM School of Performing Arts (formerly Kate Rubin Theatre & Drama Studio) has offered quality acting courses for children, teens, and adults in Victoria since 1996. The studio’s year round programming includes afterschool and homeschooler classes, individual coaching, youth and teen performance companies, summer camps, and adult workshops and courses.
About Theatre SKAM and SKAM Studios
Kate Rubin Theatre is now under the umbrella of Theatre SKAM, a local not-for-profit company who has been playing to theatre audiences in Victoria and on tour for 22 years. Part of Theatre SKAM’s mandate is to encourage and employ emerging artists, so taking over a well loved, well attended, and hugely respected school was an easy decision to make. SKAM’s philosophy to encourage youth and adults to explore their creativity goes hand-in-hand with Kate Rubin’s viewpoint of theatrical learning.
SKAM Studios create a homey and safe environment for students and professionals alike.
What the studio encourages most in students is:
- Flexibility (in voice, body, mind, attitude)
- Self Motivation and responsibility
- Supportiveness towards others and self
- Courage Imagination and playfulness
- Concentration and focus Being an attentive audience member
- Variety of experience and learning.
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School Administrator/Teaching Artist
Kathleen Greenfield started working as a teacher and administrator with Kate Rubin Theatre and Drama Studio in 2013. When Theatre SKAM purchased the school in 2017, Kathleen took over the reigns as School Administrator for the SKAM School of Performing Arts.
Kathleen is Co-Artistic Director of SNAFU with whom she has directed Little Orange Man, Kitt & Jane, Interstellar Elder and Calling Home: Stories from Military Families. Her interests and experience are in devising, site-specific outdoor performance, shadow and object puppetry and clown. She holds a BFA in Theatre from UVIC, studied at the Banff Puppet Theatre Intensive, and continues to work on her clown with Britt Small.
In the summer of 2018, Kathleen directed Concord Floral, as a site specific performance with 20 youth performers. Along with teaching and administrating at Theatre SKAM, Kathleen also teaches workshops in theatre creation at William Head Institution.
Founder – Kate Rubin Theatre and Drama Studio
Kate Rubin has lived and worked professionally in Victoria as a performer, director and theatre educator for 30 years. She owned and administrated Kate Rubin Theatre & Drama Studio for 22 years and most recently in January 2017 sold her studio to Theatre SKAM who will carry on her work in the community.
Kate has worked as an educator and theatre artist for many theatre companies throughout Greater Victoria including The Belfry Theatre, Kaleidoscope Theatre, Giggling Iguana Productions, WAVE Theatre and Theatre Inconnu. She has had an 11 year working relationship with William Head on Stage, directing and performing in a number of plays there including HERE: A Captive Odyssey in the fall of 2015. She is also known for her directing work with a number of successful one person shows including Katrina Kadoski’s Cougar Annie and Karen Lee Pickett’s Slick.
Her most recent work as a director is with Alice’s Gift by Elisabeth Wagner (April 2017) and with Macbeth for The Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival (Summer 2017). She directed an adaptation of The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson for Lawyers on Stage at Langham Court Theatre in Dec 2017. Kate will continue to coach and teach special classes and workshops at the studio.
"I’ve worked with Kate Rubin for the past nine years. She has been an inspiration to me and will no doubt continue to influence me on my journey through life for many years to come. She is a compassionate and gifted teacher who brings theatre to life for people of all ages." -a student
"That was an awesome performance- our family have been discussing it since we saw it. Pitch perfect in terms of acting, musical accompaniment, amazing costumes and set…and the writing… Wow!! Congratulations to you and your talented crew! Please do keep us posted when acts come up as we appreciate it." – A parent about the Advanced Teen’s show Photophobia
"All three of my children have taken classes with the Kate Rubin Studio. I wanted to share that what I feel is to be the best part of the programming. There are other drama classes available in Victoria. However, Kate’s philosophy of grounding kids in their imaginations pays off when the kids themselves create characters and story lines. It’s not all about the performance on the final day. It’s all about the process of learning to create a skit. How it’s done and why is as important as showing the parents a “product”. The teachers are all superb. My kids have been in classes Drama Time, Theatre and Drama, and the Improv classes. My children love this studio and have learned so much about theatre but more importantly they have learned that their own creative minds can make wondrous things happen. Thanks Kate and Company!" – a parent
"The Continuing Studies classes are an inspiring and exciting way to keep your skills fresh, learn new techniques, and network with other actors in the community. Working with Karen Lee Pickett is like a breath of fresh air." - a student
"Thank you so much for putting together such a flexible, entertaining, and informative two hours for our group. I just want to reiterate that any attrition only came about because some of our students were out of (way out of) their comfort zones. All the students who came, found the teacher, Scott to be charming, talented, and very positive. These are alternate students who do not often get a chance to try different activities and often come with a certain level of anxiety. We left our improv class knowing that we would try again in the future. Thank you again for being so great. Bernice, the other teacher, and I could have stayed all day." – Kelly (Teacher from Cowichan /Duncan school)
"For me Kate has always had the uncanny ability to scope the potential in someone. That’s what makes her so much more than a drama teacher. She sees, hears and understands what people need in order to accomplish something wonderful in themselves." – a student
"I like the cohesiveness of the group, the respectful environment, and the quality of our work." - a student
"Drama class is my favourite time of week. -a student My son has been taking classes at [Kate’s] studio for the past three years. It has given him an opportunity to network with other creative teens that have an interest in the theatre, both backstage and on stage. In a safe but demanding environment, he has learned to work with others to create art, provoke thought, and build confidence." – a parent