Theatre SKAM was formed in 1995 in Victoria, British Columbia by four emerging artists (Sarah Donald, Karen Turner, Amiel Gladstone, and Matthew Payne) as a means for the creation and production of new work.
After twelve years as an ad-hoc, project-based company, in 2007 founding member Matthew Payne took over as Artistic Producer, with a mandate to move the company to year-round operations and establish permanent staff positions. Matthew, Max Johnson and Erin Crowley now run the company year-round, supporting local artists and creating new work from our studio/office just off the Gorge waterway.
Recent work includes Cariboo Buckaroo, developed in partnership with the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation and presented with community partners throughout the Cariboo Chilcotin; Bike Ride, an annual festival featuring performances of new works along the Galloping Goose Regional Cycling Trail, with the audience on bikes; Fashion Machine, a gallery performance piece featuring children from six local elementary schools; and Smalltown: A Pickup Musical, a new musical by Amiel Gladstone and Lucas Myers (the preview was selected as Victoria’s Critic’s Choice Spotlight Awards Best New Play).
New work in development includes Monopolis by Max Johnson and Runaway by Mika Laulainen.
Theatre SKAM continues its mission to produce high quality provocative theatre for audiences in Victoria and on tour, working to create dialogue and partnership with like-minded arts practitioners (professional & non-professional), community groups and local experts.
Theatre SKAM has built a reputation as creators of innovative site-specific work and intimate elegant theatre. We play a pivotal role in the cultural life of our region and are recognized by peers across the country for our contribution to national networks and new work development.
Theatre SKAM has toured to Vancouver, Toronto, Seattle, Philadelphia, New York, France, Nanaimo, Tsilqhot’in Territory and around the Capital Regional District.