Professional teaching staff. Fun, supportive environment. Small class size for quality instruction.


SKAM School of Performing Arts (formerly Kate Rubin Theatre & Drama Studio) has offered quality acting courses for children, teens, and adults in Victoria since 1996. The studio’s year-round programming includes

  • afterschool classes
  • homeschooler classes
  • individual coaching
  • youth and teen performance companies
  • summer camps
  • adult workshops and courses.


Our Studio Teaches…

  • Flexibility (in voice, body, mind, attitude)
  • Self motivation and responsibility
  • Supportiveness towards others and self
  • Courage, imagination and playfulness
  • Concentration, focus and how to be attentive
  • Confidence in self-expression and creative ability
  • Practical and technical theatre skills

Why Choose SKAM School of Performing Arts?

Theatre SKAM has been playing to theatre audiences in Victoria and on tour since 1995. We have built a solid reputation in the theatre world with shows that have toured internationally and innovative productions such as the SKAMpede Festival and our Pop-Up Theatre.

Part of Theatre SKAM’s mandate is to encourage and employ emerging artists, so taking over a well-loved, well-attended, and hugely respected school was an easy decision to make. SKAM Studios create a homey and safe environment for students and professionals alike. We offer affordable classes, small class sizes, and innovative programming that gives unique opportunities to our students, like the SKAMpede Young Company. Don’t take our word for it –  please read our reviews at the bottom of the page!

Where are we located? 

Our classes and camps take place at 1030 North Park Street, our new Satellite Studio at 849 Fort Street, or Langham Court Theatre. Locations for classes are updated each season.

The SKAM School Fund

We aim to help every child achieve their creative potential regardless of income. If you would like to enrol your child in a class or camp but cannot afford to pay the full fee, we have options available through our SKAM School Fund.

Get in Touch

250-386-7526 (Head office)
250.532.7766 (School Cell)

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School Administrator/Teaching Artist

Kate Wallace has been with Theatre SKAM since November 2015, first as Operation Manager and now as Drama School Administrator. Before becoming a mom of 3, Kate was the Stage Manager at Belfry Theatre and has had the opportunity to work in small and regional theatres across the country. Kate has directed four full school participation plays at the elementary school level and works as a theatre instructor with artsREACH. She is a Board Member for The Other Guys Theatre Company and Story Theatre. 


Specialties: Playing drama games with kids! Combining my love of kids and theatre is a dream job for me.

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. Kate will continue to coach and teach special classes and workshops at the studio.

Kate 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.


My daughter attended SKAM’s spring break camp last week. In the morning for a character building camp and in the afternoon for a film camp. Kathleen, Tony and Gabriella were outstanding with the kids. It was fun to see the week progress and hear my daughter’s excitement about what she was working on. The week culminated in a 20 minute film that you could tell the kids were so proud of! After years of attending a variety of camps, my daughter says this has been her favourite. Thanks to the team at SKAM!
Tammara Kennelly

I love this theatre! It’s really fun and you can be who you are without being judged. The people are really nice!

Violet Wheeler

My son has been taking classes for the past three years. It has given him an opportunity to network with other creative teens that have an interest in the theatre, both backstage and on stage. In a safe but demanding environment, he has learned to work with others to create art, provoke thought, and build confidence.

A Parent

That was an awesome performance- our family have been discussing it since we saw it. Pitch perfect in terms of acting, musical accompaniment, amazing costumes and set…and the writing… Wow!! Congratulations to you and your talented crew! Please do keep us posted when acts come up as we appreciate it.

A parent about the Advanced Teen’s show Photophobia

What a great first theatre camp experience for my daughter – thank you! The location was perfect for us, as was the price! We will definitely register again next year.

A Parent

I like the cohesiveness of the group, the respectful environment, and the quality of our work.

A Student

My daughter takes Acting here and she absolutely loves it! I highly recommend.

Brittney Monique

Thank you so much for putting together such a flexible, entertaining, and informative two hours for our group. I just want to reiterate that any attrition only came about because some of our students were out of (way out of) their comfort zones. All the students who came, found the teacher, Scott to be charming, talented, and very positive. These are alternate students who do not often get a chance to try different activities and often come with a certain level of anxiety. We left our improv class knowing that we would try again in the future. Thank you again for being so great. Bernice, the other teacher, and I could have stayed all day.

Kelly (Teacher from Cowichan /Duncan school)

Excellent first theatre camp experience for my daughter – thank you!

A Parent