Theatre SKAM seeks submissions from Canadian Performing Arts Companies and Artists for new 8 to 10 minute works to be performed outdoors in Victoria, BC: July 12 to 14, 2019.


Theatre SKAM is seeking submissions of interest from Canadian artists for our 2019 SKAMpede: Mobile Performance Festival. Now in its eleventh 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 will be programmed.

Successful applicants are paid a professional fee. Successful applicants from outside Victoria are also provided accommodation and travel. In 2018, we programmed six companies from outside Victoria. In 2019 we intend the same or more.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: we have moved forward the application deadline to allow successful applicants more time to apply for additional funding.

Projects that interact or connect with one of the many environments along the first four kilometres of the trail are ideal. New this year: we will be expanding the festival along the City’s downtown waterfront with increased opportunity for Urban-based tour locations.

The jury reviewing applications for 2019 will include established arts professionals from outside Theatre SKAM. Theatre SKAM will program up to six national companies to appear at SKAMpede.

Important: The 4-person jury selection process is blind for the first round, and you must complete your application according to the guidelines. The merit of your one-page submission is the basis for jury assessment. A show idea with strong artistic merit, a good sense of how your piece fits in one of the many varied locations on the trail, and a solid work plan are favoured.

All companies must be available for all four dates of the event (Preview July 11, Shows July 12, 13 and 14). Out of town companies should be prepared to spend five nights in Victoria (Arrive July 10, Depart July 15).

SKAMpede runs July 11 - 14, 2019.
A preview for fellow artists and an invited audience is Thursday July 11, 2019 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. A Friday Night Feast event runs July 12 where all shows play 2 to 4 times and guests enjoy an outdoor dinner. On July 13 and 14, each company can expect to perform from 7 to 20 times throughout the day from Noon to 7pm.

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 an additional fee.

We strongly encourage Artists/Companies new to the festival to contact SKAM directly to discuss their project. Kathleen or Matthew can be reached at 1(250)386-7526 or