Current Teaching Artists

 

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Kathleen Greenfield

School Administrator & Teaching Artist

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 the 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 performances with 20 youth performers. Along with teaching and administrating at Theatre SKAM, Kathleen also teaches workshops in theatre creation at William Head Institution.

Specialties: Devising, Play Creation, Shadow and Object Puppetry, Scene Analysis

2019 Winter/Spring Classes

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Matthew Payne

Artistic Producer Theatre SKAM & Teaching Artist

Matthew is a founding member of Victoria’s Theatre SKAM and serves as the innovative company’s Artistic Producer. He has acted in numerous roles in SKAM’s 21-year history. He recently directed Smalltown: A Pickup Musical and wrote and performed in Cariboo Buckaroo. Matthew co-created the show Fashion Machine, where arts professionals train local kids for a performance where they remake select audience members’ outfits. The show now tours internationally with recent visits to Austin, Bristol, and Cardiff. Matthew trained at Malaspina College and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria. He completed a Directors Masterclass with training from Peter Hinton, Martha Henry and Josette Bushnell-Mingo. He has also studied under Jillian Keily during an Intensive in choral and ensemble work. Previous drama teaching experience includes classes for Kate Rubin Theatre Drama Studio, ArtsReach, Kaleidoscope Performing Arts School, and several Victoria dance schools. His role allows him to bring aspects of his creation work and elements of shows he has seen at international theatre festivals to children in the classrooms at SKAM Studios Kate Rubin Theatre. Fun.

2019 Winter/Spring Classes

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Tony Adams

Tony is a creator, writer, and performer originally from Ottawa. He is the co-artistic director for Hymns in Hearse Theatre and May Can Theatre; with whom he has had a hand in bringing to life over 12 new creations. Notable pieces are Wolves>Boys (Winner: Outstanding Duo- Ottawa Fringe, Nominated Outstanding New Creation- Prix Rideau Awards), The Tragicall Historie Of Nick Wade (Winner: Future of the Fringe- Ottawa Fringe Festival), It’s About Our Goldfish (Mag North/subDevision 2013), and Happiness™ (TACTICS 14/15 Season) which was presented as part of the Wildside Festival in Montreal, and the rEvolver festival in Vancouver, followed by a cross Canada Fringe tour. With Hymns in Hearse Tony has created pachiv! (Hymns in Hearse Theatre) and GARY (Winner: Outstanding Ensemble- Ottawa Fringe Festival). Tony was a member of Salamander Theatre from 2013-2014, where he performed in plays for young audiences (Swan River and Where Poppies Blow), toured to schools and lead workshops for children from ages 4-14. While in Ottawa he often works with home-schooled children to create new theatre pieces to fit in unusual and site specific spaces.

2019 Winter/Spring Classes

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Ingrid Hansen

Raised by gregarious Danish immigrants, Ingrid is Co-Artistic Director of SNAFU (@snafudance). Her shows Little Orange Man, Kitt & Jane, Interstellar Elder and The Merkin Sisters have toured to the National Arts Centre and festivals across North America.

Ingrid studied puppetry with Sesame Street in NYC, where she got to hang out with Cookie Monster. For the past 16 years she has been performing and teaching adults, children, actors, dancers, and prison inmates. She puppeteers on TV for Tiga Talk and Princess Sparkly Butt, and for the Dora-Award-Winning Old Man and the River.

2019 Winter/Spring Classes

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Hannah Harper

Hannah is a dramaturge, director, performer and teacher currently based in Victoria, B.C. She trained as a classical actor and dramaturge in Halifax, Glasgow, and Prague. Her work focuses on creating work that encourages audience engagement, in a collaborative setting. Her specialties include: commedia dell'arte, devising, puppets (construction and manipulation), Shakespeare, and physical performance. She has worked with a variety of companies across Canada and the UK/Europe, including: 2b Theatre; Doppler Effect; Liveart Dance Productions; Theatre SKAM; SURGE (Glasgow); and, Divadlo Archa (Prague).

2019 Winter/Spring Classes

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Monica Ogden

Monica is a Filipina-British actor, YouTuber, feminist activist, and improviser with award winning Paper Street Theatre. She began teaching with Kate Rubin’s Theatre and Drama Studio in 2010 and has since taught locally and internationally with the Canadian Improv Games (Ottawa, ON), Paper Street Theatre (Victoria, BC), Unexpected Productions (Seattle, WA) and now Theatre SKAM. She is a proud member of the ColorQoded Collective, consisting of all Queer Trans Indigenous People of Color (QTIPOC) artists, and has been a guest panelist at Emerald City Comic Con and Geek Girl Con for her show Fistful of Feminism on YouTube. In the summer of 2019 her award winning solo show Monica vs. The Internet: Tales of a Social Justice Warrior (Directed by Ann-Bernice Thomas) will be touring across Canada through the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals Lottery.

 

Specialties: Improvisation, Drama, YouTube & Film, Storytelling, Comedy, Social Justice & Activism, Gender Studies

 

2019 Winter/Spring Classes

Erica Petty

Erica is a theatre maker and drama teacher, who has been specializing in creating plays with children for the past 14 years. This January will mark her 9th year teaching at the studio, and she extends her gratitude to Kate Rubin for her years of friendship and mentoring. Erica loves collaborating with young people and writing plays based on their ideas. Her passion for TYA, devising new work, storytelling, and general craftiness have lead her to work on many exciting projects and collaborations with young people; such as, this year’s first SKAMpede Young Company where youth were given the opportunity to learn from professional artists and create their own performance festival. Working in theatre has seen Erica play all sorts of roles – as an actor, playwright, administrator, director, and designer – for companies such as Intrepid Theatre, Kaleidoscope Theatre, the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival, Theatre SKAM, Saltwater Creative Arts, and Grande Prairie Live Theatre. Erica is thrilled to be back working after a year of maternity leave. She is the mother of two young babes, Harrison and George.

2019 Winter/Spring Classes

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Charles Ross

Charlie may have the best job in the world: professional Geek.

A graduate of the University Victoria’s Theatre program, Charlie’s career has been quite a departure from his education. As writer and performer of One Man Star Wars and One Man Lord of the Rings, he has toured the globe for the last 14 years, delighting audiences with his unique and frenetic solo shows. His solo ventures also include the One Man Dark Knight: a Batman Parody, One Man Pride and Prejudice, One Man Stranger Things, One Man Avengers, One Man 80’s Blank Tape, and Sev.

2019 Spring Classes

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah is a drama educator, spoken word performer, theatre artist, and pun enthusiast. She received her BFA in acting at UBC, and went on to acquire her BEd in drama from the University of Victoria. She has taught theatre to all ages, both in public schools and through companies such as Kaleidoscope and Kate Rubin. She has trained in Shakespeare, commedia dell’arte, restoration theatre, bouffant clown, contemporary theatre, film, and voice over and has performed with companies such as Green Thumb Theatre, Delinquent Theatre, and Kaleidoscope Theatre. Sarah currently teaches Middle School Drama in the Greater Victoria School District.

2019 Winter/Spring Classes

Affiliated Teaching Artists

 

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Peter Abrahams

Peter has been involved in theatre and film for over 20 years.  A graduate of UVic’s Theatre program, Peter has also been certified by Fight Directors Canada twice. Locally Peter has been a Fight Director for productions by Theatre SKAM, UVic, The Belfry Theatre, Blue Bridge Repertory, William Head on Stage, and Launch Pad Productions.  Professionally Peter had performed with Vancouver Theatre Sports, the Calgary Improv Guild and several small film roles.  He was also the voice of Montana’s Cookhouse in 2015 and 2016. Peter also had a combat street show that was performed right on the sidewalks of Victoria.

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Barb Biggs

Barb is a drama educator, theatre artist, musician and playwright who specializes in adapting children’s imaginings and literature for the stage. Barb grew up play-building for fun. She went on to obtain her BFA’10 in Theatre and BEd’12 specializing in Drama Education from UVic. Along with teaching at Kate Rubin’s studio, Barb is the Administrative Assistant for UVic’s History of Art and Visual Studies Department. She has taught theatre to all ages in Greater Victoria public schools and has instructed drama workshops for UVic’s Education Program, The Young Actors Project, and artsREACH. Barb has directed and performed original work for UVic’s Student Alternative Theatre Company (SATCO), The Belfry Theatre, ITSAZOO Productions, and SNAFU Dance Theatre. Last year, Barb explored memories with her students which led to a pop-up theatre performance at Moss Street Market. She looks forward to working with fellow artist and mom, Erica Petty, to explore Theatre for “Littles” (ages 0-3) this Fall! Barb is passionate about story-telling, and believes that theatre arts build a sense of community and confidence in young people as they work together to bring their imaginations to life.

Aisling Kennedy

Aisling is an applied theatre practitioner and drama educator with a passionate interest in inter-cultural curriculum, drama- in- education, and theatre for development. These interests grew from her diverse experiences teaching English, theatre and dance abroad in Hanoi, Vietnam; Shanghai, China; and Tamil Nadu, India (2009-2014). Since obtaining her Masters in Applied Theatre from the University of Victoria (2015), Aisling has been teaching theatre to all ages in Greater Victoria. She has worked as a sessional instructor for the introductory Applied Theatre course entitled, “THEA 132: Exploring Theatre through Dramatic Process” at the University of Victoria. She is also a theatre and dance instructor with ArtsREACH, a non-profit organization created to provide high-quality visual and performing arts training to young students across the Greater Victoria School District. Aisling is very excited to be a part of the SKAM School of Performing Arts and encourage children, teens and adults to explore their own imaginations and creativity through theatre.

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Emilee Nimetz

Emilee is a spoken-word performance artist, dancer, choreographer, actor, singer, and ukulele enthusiast. As a graduate of Sheridan College’s Musical Theatre Performance Program and the Banff Centre’s Spoken Word Residency, she has performed as a poet and actor across Canada and the US. Emilee has trained in Cecchetti Ballet, Fosse Jazz, Tap, Clown, Character Mask, Shakespeare, Viewpoints, Suzuki Method, Aerial acrobatics, and more! She is the author and solo artist of the forthcoming play, How To Build a Home. Some of Emilee’s theatre credits include Aleck Bell: Canada’s Pop Rock Musical! (Tweed & Co. Theatre), Judas in Godspell (IANA Theatre Co.), Metamorphoses,Pippin, and Sally Bowles in Cabaret, (Theatre Sheridan). As a poet, Emilee was Vancouver’s Individual Poetry Slam Champion in 2014, a finalist in the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam in 2015 and her work has been featured on Button Poetry.

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Ann-Bernice Thomas

Ann-Bernice is a theatre creator, spoken word artist, film maker, and social justice activist. They are the 2016 Youth Poet Laureate of Victoria, and are currently completing a double major in Theatre and Creative Writing at the University of Victoria. In 2017 they won a Pick of the Fringe Award for their co-creation Monica vs. the Internet: Tales of a Social Justice Warrior. They've also received the VAACS Community Recognition Award , and Best Screen Narrative from the Sunscreen Film Festival.

Ann-Bernice is currently hosting Taking Up Space an intersectional feminist radio show and podcast, available on www.cfuv.ca
Check out their website: www.wildwomanpoetry.com

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Carey Wass

Carey has been performing and teaching fo over 14 years. After graduating from the University of Victoria, Carey moved to Toronto, where he professionally acted in film, TV, commercials and voice over, even playing the character of Pluto in the hit-animated kid’s show, Beyblade.

Carey had the privilege of being part of both the original and Canadian touring cast of the celebrated Victoria-made musical, Ride The Cyclone. Upon finishing the tour, Carey got a degree in Education at Lakehead University and moved to Asia, teaching Drama in both South Korea and then Vietnam for a combined four years.

Carey recently returned to performing by creating and starring in a one-person musical entitled, Carey OK!: Volume:  Timeless Timely Tunes. Carey was fortunate to be chosen by the amazing theatre patrons of Victoria as Favourite Performer of the Victoria Fringe Festival. Carey is every excited to be working with Theatre SKAM and looks forward to building the next generation of creative young Victorians.