Victoria Keynote - Matthew Payne - Innovation & Inspiration For Your Program

Join Matthew as he describes his journey from high school drama (a class he wasn't even supposed to be in!) to leader of one of Victoria's top alternative theatre companies. During the past two years, Theatre SKAM has found ways to thrive. -making new plays and touring them internationally (they're off to Nevada in April 2022 with their show Fashion Machine) -SKAMpede- the annual outdoor site-specific festival ran in 2020 and 2021 -The company's mobile theatre, which is now doing home delivery -and SKAM drama school We'll hear from you too, about what ideas have proved to propel your classes forward. The goal is to leave you with inspiration and ideas for your program.


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  • Theatre SKAM
    Matthew Payne

    Matthew lives and works as a theatre professional on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen speaking peoples (Victoria). Since graduating from the University of Victoria in 1993, he has worked regularly in Canadian Theatre, taking on a variety of roles and spending time in Victoria, Vancouver and Toronto. Matthew dedicates his professional career to dreaming up inspirational and innovative projects that tour the world, to the development of new work (primarily by Victoria writers) and to building community. Matthew has worked professionally as a writer, performer, carpenter, director, production manager, stage manager and administrator. He has worked with a myriad of companies, including: The Belfry Theatre, Pacific Opera Victoria, Story Theatre, Kaleidoscope Theatre, Giggling Iguana, Nightswimming, Crow’s Theatre, and a dozen peer companies based in Vancouver. In 2010 he furthered his training in a director’s master class led by Peter Hinton, Martha Henry and Josette Bushell-Mingo. As a Managing Producer, Matthew has shepherded Theatre SKAM through a period of remarkable fiscal growth. Over the past five years, the company’s annual budget has grown from five figures to just over half a million dollars. Public funding is dependent on assessment by a jury of one’s peers, and the nearly $300,000 in public funding received by SKAM in the 2018-19 season speaks to the high opinion Matthew’s peers have of the company and of his leadership. In 2019 Matthew was awarded the ProArt Mid Career Artist Award.