Online 2021 Teaching Artists

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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).


Vanessa Wood

Vanessa is an artist, collaborator, teacher and student. She spent the last three summers collaborating and devising with youth. She is currently studying theatre at the University of Victoria, due to graduate spring 2021.

This is Vanessa’s first year working with SKAM. She is looking forward to creating a safe and fun environment for the youth with the extra challenge of social distancing. 

School Administrator

Kate Wallace

School Administrator & Teaching Artist

Kate Wallace has been with Theatre SKAM since November 2015, first as Operations 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.