Pop-Up Directors

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Ciarán Volke – A Leaf Out of Your Book & Love and Spurs – Director and Dramaturge

Ciarán [he/they] is an interdisciplinary artist based in unceded Lək̓ʷəŋən land. Together with Justin Francis Lee, they co-produce the Apartment of Writing. Ciarán also performs in the sketch-comedy duo We’ll Call You Back.

Justin Francis Lee – A Leaf Out of Your Book & Love and Spurs – Producer

Justin [he/him] is a writer, director, and sailor. He is passionate about exploring the stories of everyday people caught between subcultures. Intent on spearheading a closer relationship between the Canadian theatre and film industries, he hopes to make quality art more accessible. As the project manager for the Canadian Play Thing he runs The Apartment of Writing, a writer’s room for emerging playwrights. Currently he is a research assistant at the University of Victoria’s Department of Writing for new play development. Recent credits: Co-producing Theatre SKAM’s SKAMpede Festival, writing The Open Gate (SKAMpede), producing A Way Out (Apartment of Writing), writing Ngaii Duk (SATCo), acting in I and You (Langham Court Theatre), and assistant directing on the film sets of Dream Book, Bubba Lou, and All in Madonna. Justin is currently based between Calgary AB, (Treaty 7) and Victoria, BC (unceded territory of the Lekwungen peoples).

Emerging Artists 

Kendra Bidwell

Kendra [She/Her] is an actor, dancer, singer, and musician from Victoria, BC. Since graduating from Company C at the Canadian College of Performing Arts, she has had the privilege to stage-manage, portray princesses with Enchanted Fables, tour with Jubilations Dinner Theatre playing Peggy Sue in Buddy Holly’s Happy Days, and perform in Legends of Horror at Casa Loma in Toronto. Recently she has been sharing her passion for performing, teaching musical theatre classes at Theatre SKAM. Kendra is thrilled to be back aboard Bob the truck delivering live theatre!

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Brianna Bock

Brianna [she/her] is a writer, playwright, podcaster, and vocalist currently based in Victoria, BC (unceded territory of the Lekwungen people). While her specialty is in writing, her career so far has led her to many opportunities she didn’t expect at first, and is more than willing to try new things. She has been published in The Martlet, This Side of West, Edible Vancouver Island, and co-creator for A Way Out as created by the Canadian Play Thing’s Department of Writing. She is drawn to creating thoughtful, engaging, and impactful stories. This is her first collaboration with Theatre SKAM and is beyond excited for it. She hopes you enjoy the shows!

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Lindsey Schneider

Lindsey [She/Her] is thrilled to join TheatreSKAM for this iteration of the Pop Up Truck! Lindsey is a writer, actor, director and theatre educator born on Denai’ina/Sugpiaq lands in Homer, Alaska, and a graduate of the Phoenix Theatre at UVic (BFA 2020). She taught devising and theatre skills at Pier One Theatre where she directed 8 staged productions, including her original play Honor Among Thieves (licensed by Eldridge Plays & Musicals). She is a 2021 fellow of Theatre Alaska’s Alaska Writer’s Workshop, where her play Knife Skills was workshopped by the Brown University MFA program in collaboration with Trinity Rep Theatre. Recent credits include writing/directing a radio version of Knife Skills (KBBI AM 890), Susy in Shakespeare in Quarantine (Pier One Theatre), writing Unknown Iowa (Alaska World Arts Festival), assistant director for Testimony of Rain (SATCo 2019), writer/consultant of Knife Skills (SATCo 2019), Judy in Breakwater (SATCo 2018), and The Son in A Yorkshire Tragedy (Phoenix Theatre MFA).