Staff and Instructors

Artistic Producer – Theatre SKAM
Matthew Payne 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.
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Operations Manager – Theatre SKAM
Kate Wallace is the Operations Manager for Theatre SKAM since November 2015. She was a professional Stage Manager for 16 years before starting her new career as a Mom of 3 (all have been students at Kate Rubin’s Studio).  Kate graduated the Technical Production of Theatre program from Ryerson in Toronto.  She has worked across the country with small theatre groups as well as larger companies like the Belfry Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, The Sudbury Theatre Centre, the Globe Theatre, Ford Centre in Toronto and more.  Kate has directed 3 full school shows at the elementary school level and works as a theatre instructor with artsREACH.   Kate is also on Victoria’s Story Theatre Board of Directors.  Kate is thrilled and honoured to be working with the top-notch instructors at Kate Rubin’s Studio.  Blending her love of children and theatre is the best job of all!
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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. She 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 was the fall of 2016 with the successful run of Alice’s Gift by local playwright Elisabeth Wagner. Look for her this summer in 2017 as she will be co-directing Macbeth for the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival with Karen Lee Pickett the Artist Director. Kate will continue to coach and teach special classes and workshops at the studio.……. ……… ……………. …………. …..     ……     …….    …….     ……….     ………     ……….

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School Administrator/Instructor
Kathleen Greenfield is dedicated to collective creation, the development of new work and community involvement. Her interests and experience are in site-specific outdoor performance, puppetry, folk stories, and community activism. She holds a BFA in Theatre from the University of Victoria and studied at the Banff Puppet Theatre Intensive in 2012. In 2013, she joined SNAFU Dance Theatre as Co-Artistic Director. She has directed the premiere productions of many new works including The Hunt Workshop (Impulse), Little Orange Man (SNAFU), Kitt & Jane (SNAFU), I Have Seen Beautiful Jim Key (Intrepid Theatre), The Shoes (Humble Wonder Theatre) and Bullfrog Lullaby (head through painting). In 2015, she co-directed the smash-hit-remount of Lieutenant Nun, a site-specific spectacle where the audience moves through an old battlement, pageant style. Kathleen also teaches play building to kids ranging from 3 to 13 at Kate Rubin Theatre and Drama Studio and George Jay Elementary. In 2013, Kathleen joined the artistic team at William Head Prison as a facilitator, workshop leader, assistant director, projection designer, writer and performer for Time Waits for No One: A Prison Play (2014) and HERE: A Captive Odyssey (2015) alongside a team of inmates and fellow artists. In 2016, she directed and devised Sleeping Giants with the men at William Head. ….
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Barb Biggs 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 works at UVic’s Farquhar Auditorium. She has taught theatre to all ages in Greater Victoria public schools and has instructed drama workshops for education students at UVic, thru artsREACH programming, and The Young Actors Project. Barb’s theatre credits include directing original work for UVic’s Student Alternative Theatre Company (SATCO), performing in the Belfry Theatre’s Incubator Project, “The Shoes” and devising music for ITSAZOO’s production of “Grimm Tales”. She has been most inspired, however, by her new role as a mom! 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. ……….. …………… …………. ………….. .………………………. …….. 

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Sarah Wilson 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.
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Andrew Barrett creates, directs, performs, designs, choreographs, and teaches. He grew up on Saltspring Island, which has led to a deep place in his heart for bare feet, the ocean, and isolation. As Artistic Director of Impulse Theatre, Andrew has developed 15 new multidisciplinary works with emerging artists in Victoria and participated in the Victoria and Vancouver Fringe Festivals, Theatre SKAM’S Bike Ride, UnoFest, and Upintheair’s rEvolver Theatre Festival in Vancouver. Impulse was awarded the M Award for Top Emerging Company 2014 from Monday Magazine. Andrew has taught workshops for the Gulf Islands School of Performing Arts, the Victoria Festival of Spoken Word, and through Impulse Theatre. He has been on faculty for the Pacific Design Academy and was a substitute modern teacher at Dance Unlimited.

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Monica OgdenMonica Ogden is an actor, improviser with Paper Street Theatre, YouTuber, and teacher from Victoria B.C. Monica has been teaching improv and drama since 2010. Monica has taught for multiple arts organizations, including artsREACH, Kate Rubin’s Theatre and Drama Studio, Vikes Improv at UVic, the Canadian Improv Games (Vancouver Island and National Tournament Ottawa), Paper Street Theatre, Unexpected Productions in Seattle, and The Improv Embassy in Ottawa. Monica is currently completing a BA in Women and Gender Studies at the University of Victoria, and has worked in applied and transformational theatre at the Intercultural Association of Victoria, creating theatre that is driven by activism and social justice. Monica will debut her solo show Monica vs. The Internet (Tales of a Social Justice Warrior) at the 2017 Victoria Fringe Festival, and recent stage and film credits include LUB DUB (Ottawa Fringe Festival, 2017) Much (Less) Ado about Nothing (Launch Pad Productions, 2017) An Improvised Quentin Tarantino 2 (Paper Street Theatre Co, Outstanding Ensemble Victoria Fringe 2016) and The Doctor’s Case (2017 Dollar Babies Project, James Douglas). Monica has Emergency First Aid CPR/AED Level C.……… ………….. ………. ……. ……… ………. ….. ……
Tony Adams 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. ….. ……….
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Emilee Nimetz 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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Erica Parker Petty is a theatre artist and drama teacher, who has been specializing in creating plays with children for the past 13 years. With a passion for Theatre for Young Audiences and devising new work in collaboration with her students, Erica has written countless short plays with children and teens. Along with teaching at Kate’s studio, Erica currently instructs drama workshops to elementary schools across Greater Victoria thru artsREACH programming and is also the Drama Specialist for Saltwater Creative Arts’ musical theatre classes. Working professionally in theatre has seen Erica play all sorts of roles – as an actor, administrator, director, and designer – for companies such as Intrepid Theatre, Kaleidoscope Theatre, the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival, and Grande Prairie Live Theatre. Her work as a director can be seen in an upcoming youth production of “Alice in Wonderland” this June at the Metro Studio. ..
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