Erica is a theatre maker, drama teacher, and arts administrator. She has been specializing in creating plays in collaboration with children and youth for the past 16 years. This January marks her 12th year teaching at the studio. Erica has played many creative roles as an actor, writer, and maker. She is also the General Manager of Story Theatre Company, a professional touring company that makes theatre for Elementary School audiences.
Specialties: devised theatre, collaborative writing, stage craft, poetry, drama, production management
Marlena is an artist and educator who has been working with youth for 8 years. She has focused most of her teaching career on finding alternative forms of expression and education for young people, and is herself a performer and story-teller. Constantly seeking to create spaces in which people can feel comfortable trying something new, Marlena is very excited to be able to work with SKAM theatre this year!
Specialties: script writing, storytelling, text analysis, and media & pop culture.
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 now Theatre SKAM. She is a proud member of the ColorQoded Collective, consisting of all Queer Trans 2 Spirit Indigenous Black People of Color (QT2IBPOC) artists, and has been a guest panelist at Emerald City Comic Con, Geek Girl 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 Ann-Bernice Thomas toured across 6 cities in the summer of 2019 and was a co-runner up for the TD Fringe Forward Award (Vancouver Fringe 2019) for work that centres the experiences of historically marginalized communities.
Specialties: Improvisation, drama, YouTube & film, storytelling, comedy, social justice & activism, gender and race studies, solo show
Tony 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.
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.