2021 Summer Camp Counsellors

Chelsea MacEwan

Chelsea [She/Her] is a Victoria local who grew up dancing at Saanich dance studio, Allegro Performing Arts Centre. She went on to receive her diploma in Applied Performing arts from the Canadian College of Performing Arts in 2020. It was at CCPA where she found her own theatrical voice, which led her to write and direct award-winning mini-musical “BRUNCH: The Musical”. She has worked across BC, most notably in Kelowna and the Kootenays. Chelsea also has experience as a Choreographer, Composer, and Lighting Director. Chelsea is thrilled to be joining Skam as a camp counsellor this summer!

Landon Wong

Landon [He/Him] is a UVIC Theatre Student studying applied theatre and
education. He’s participated in several student productions both
onstage and offstage through the Phoenix Theatre and the Student
Alternative Theatre Company. He is particularly drawn to plays and
performances which allow for the exploration of themes such as
environmentalism, mental health, social justice, and the human
experience. Landon is thrilled to be working for Theatre SKAM this
summer and excited to learn from the wide variety of young artists
attending Theatre SKAM Summer Camps!

Maxwell Gallagher

Maxwell (or ‘Maxie’) [He/Him] is a 19-year-old artist and adventurer. He has taken a lot of inspiration from Ben Caplan- specifically his show “Oldstock: A Refugee Love Story” a beautiful piece of Canadian theatre with a gorgeous set, and clever storytelling. Maxwell is currently studying at the Canadian College Of Performing Arts, he also spent one year studying at Thompson Rivers University taking sociology, archeology and theatre courses. His favourite pastime is going on long walks in the woods with the intention to get lost while listening to music.

Nathan Corpus

Nathan [He/Him] is a young playwright, actor and director who is super excited to work with the SKAM team again this year. Nathan is an activist and artist who strongly believes in art being impactful as a form of social change and is so happy to share the healing, beautiful aspects of theatre with his students. This is his second year as a summer teaching artist with SKAM, he had a blast last year and he can’t wait to meet you!

Sophia Radford

Sophia [She/Her] is a performer, director, and writer heading into her final year studying Theatre at the University of Victoria. Sophia is thrilled to combine two of her biggest passions – theatre and teaching – at SKAM this summer. Select performances credits include The Children’s Hour (Phoenix), Othello (Phoenix) and Hey There, Mr. Moon (SATCo). She has taught English as a Second Language as well as drama, and can’t wait to work with the SKAM School.

School Administrative Team

Vanessa Wood

School Administrator & Teaching Artist

Vanessa [She/Her] is an artist, collaborator, and teacher. She started working with SKAM’s school of performing arts in the summer of 2020 and is so excited to be back teaching summer camps this year! Vanessa recently graduated from the University of Victoria’s theatre program with a minor in business. She has been a teaching artist for the past 4 years in both Calgary and Victoria. Vanessa is also the second recipient of the Spirit of the Phoenix award, recognized for creating community and embodying the spirit of the theatre department. Vanessa hopes to bring passion, positivity, and of course fun to her role with SKAM this summer. 

Devon Side Walker

Assistant School Administrator

Devon [She/Her] is an emerging artist currently training at the Canadian College of Performing Arts. She is an interdisciplinary performer (dance, voice, acting, choreography) with two decades of experience, and a life-long passion for performing and creating. Recent credits include multiple productions with Theatre Antigonish (Nova Scotia) while obtaining an undergraduate degree in Management and Business Administration from St. Francis Xavier University. Devon looks forward to combining her love of theatre with her business background as the Camp Administrator for Theatre SKAM this summer, and can’t wait to work in an environment with young artists!

Online 2021 Teaching Artists

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ANNA MARIE ANDERSON

MONICA OGDEN

LOGAN SWAIN

VANESSA WOOD

MATTHEW PAYNE

2021 Teaching Artist Bios

Anna Marie Anderson

 Anna Marie is a UVIC Theatre Graduate. She is the director of Victoria Fringe Productions Summer Bucket List (2019 Best Original New Work, Best Drama) and The Fitting Room (2018 Overall Favourite Show, Bravest Show). She often works with plays that deal with themes such as social justice, coming of age, and mental health. In all of her work she aims to lift voices of young adults and empower both the artists and the audience. She is thrilled to be teaching with SKAM and can’t wait to work with the imaginations in the classes Collaborative Playwriting for Home Learners; Theatre: Playwriting and Directing for Teens; and SKAM Young Company.

Carolyn Moon

 Carolyn Moon is an interdisciplinary theatre artist, specializing in technical theatre, stage management, and technical design.  She has worked for Theatre SKAM, the Belfry Theatre, William Head on Stage, and has recently toured with the Wonderheads’ Christmas show.  Carolyn is excited to teach stagecraft again this year and to create exciting work!   

Monica Ogden

 Monica is a disabled Filipina, Polynesian, British actor, YouTuber, feminist activist, and improviser with award winning Paper Street Theatre. She holds a BA in Gender Studies with distinction from the University of Victoria, and created the show Fistful of Feminism on YouTube. She began teaching with Kate Rubin’s Theatre and Drama Studio in 2010 and has taught locally and internationally with the Canadian Improv Games (Ottawa, ON), Paper Street Theatre (Victoria, BC), Unexpected Productions (Seattle, WA) and Theatre SKAM. She is a proud member of the ColorQoded Collective, of all Queer Trans 2 Spirit Black Indigenous People of Color QT2BIPOC artists, and has been a guest speaker at Emerald City Comic Con, Sche’chulth: Decolonizing the Arts by Primary Colours, and with the Intercultural Association of Victoria. Her award winning solo show Monica vs. The Internet: Tales of a Social Justice Warrior ( ★★★★★ Winnipeg Free Press, ★★★★★ Saskatoon Star Phoenix) directed by K.P. Dennis toured across 6 cities in the summer of 2019 and was a co-runner up for the TD Fringe Forward Award (Vancouver) before being presented at Second City Toronto in November 2019. Monica vs. The Internet was produced online for the 2020 #ArtApart series with the National Theatre School, and featured by CBC Arts.

 
Specialties: Improvisation, drama, YouTube & film, storytelling, comedy, social justice & activism, gender and race studies, solo show, consultation

Matthew Payne

Matthew is a playwright, performer and arts administrator based in Victoria. Since graduating from the University of Victoria’s theatre program, Matthew has been producing theatre, performance events and public programs for audiences of all ages for twenty-plus years, working with a variety of partners and stakeholders.  Past professionally produced plays include How To Make Love, He Said/She Sang (with Carolyn Neapole), Joan, and Shop Talk.

As the Artistic Producer for Theatre SKAM, he works with dogged determination to provide professional artists with employment opportunities and to strengthen the Victoria performing arts scene.

Logan Swain

Logan is passionate about bringing live performance to the stage while helping the work of his fellow artists reach its highest artistic potential. He specializes in Theatrical Production & Design, and also works as an arts administrator. Logan pursued a comprehensive theatre education at the University of Victoria where he designed seven productions at the Phoenix Theatre. Select Sound Design credits include Trojan Women (Main Stage, 2019) and The Madwoman of Chaillot (Main Stage, 2017). Logan was the Set Designer (with Conor Farrell) for the Phoenix’s first-ever production of Othello (Main Stage, 2019).