The Theatre SKAM Team

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Core Staff

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Hannah Mariko Bell (She/Her)  –  Co-Artistic Producer

Hannah is a proud fourth generation Japanese Canadian raised on Treaty 7 Territory within Blackfoot Confederacy lands (Calgary, Alberta). She is a neurodivergent artist and a member of the LGBTQIA2S+ community who identifies as pansexual. These identities, as well as her Japanese Canadian heritage, inform her artistic practice and place equity and accessibility at the centre. Through her work, Hannah seeks to engage audiences with positive representations of Japanese culture, as well as challenge them through a variety of theatrical practices. 

Hannah is a director, creator, and puppeteer, as well as a graduate of UVic’s Theatre program (2019); she directed her first devised play, Kansha, as part of Intrepid Theatre’s YOU Show (2018) with support from the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society and the National Association of Japanese Canadians Young Leader Fund. In 2019, Hannah joined Theatre SKAM as a Production Intern, and has since worked across multiple departments in production and dramaturgy. As one of SKAM’s Co-Artistic Producers, Hannah is committed to helping improve representation for underrepresented communities in Victoria.  

 

Logan Swain (He/Him) – Co-Artistic Producer

Logan is a storyteller with a burning desire to make a difference in the world by telling stories that value truth and honesty while remaining playfully curious. He lives and creates in the Traditional Territories of the Lekwungen people, now known as the Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations. Specializing in Theatrical Production & Design and the creation of new work, he is passionate about bringing live performance to the stage while helping the work of his fellow artists reach its highest artistic potential. His creative interests include verbatim theatre, historically-informed storytelling, immersive design, and pushing the boundaries of traditional theatre practices. Logan is an avid outdoorsman with Métis heritage and believes the best stories come from our lived experiences. He draws inspiration from time spent in nature and reflecting on his family’s past, present, and future.

Logan has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a Major in Theatre (Design Focus and Co-op Designation) from the University of Victoria. He pursued a comprehensive theatre education with a focus on design and production. While there, Logan designed four Main Stage and three MFA productions at the Phoenix Theatre at UVic. He has also taken courses in Theatre History, Applied Theatre, Directing, and a variety of Indigenous Studies courses. 

Independently he has produced several fringe shows, including Ernie and Bethy (2018), Money on the Table (2019), Hegnimwaal (2021), and Ouroboros (2022) at the Victoria Fringe Festival. He has also toured Hegnimwaal to the Kelowna (2019) and Nanaimo (2021) Fringe Festivals. His recent work as a sound designer includes The Waste Land (UVic Main Stage, 2022), Bury The Hatchet (Victoria, 2022) with the Culture Den Society & Belfry Theatre, and im:print2022 (Victoria, 2022) with the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria & UVic’s Phoenix Theatre.

Anne Taylor (She/Her) – General Manager

Anne fell in love with theatre as a child at the Children’s Fest in Vanier Park in Vancouver – one whiff of a smoke machine and she was hooked! Since then, she has been the foley artist for her grade three class play, follow spot operator in the roadhouse attached to her high school, and head scenic painter in college. In her adult career, Anne has worked as a lighting designer, including a stint at Science World, a Production Manager at Vancouver’s Fringe Festival, and Stage Manager throughout Canada, including at the Globe Theatre in Regina, Chemainus Theatre, Gwaandak Theatre in White Horse, and with Patrick Street Productions in New Westminster. 

 Anne is a graduate of Douglas College’s Stage Craft Program, The Banff Centre Theatre Programme: Production Stage Management and Opera as Theatre, and British Columbia Institute of Technology’s NonProfit Management program.  Her favourite styles of theatre include site-specific, musical theatre, and Fringe theatre.  

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Janine Rzeplinski (They/She) – Marketing and Communications Manager

Janine fell head over heels for stories at a young age. Since then, whether in a choir, as a voice on a podcast, performing on stage, or on the page, the art of storytelling has been central to their life. Her creative work explores queer, Jewish, and disabled ontologies through time, particularly within the realms of monstrosity and fairytales. In Janine’s free time, they are an avid reader and entomology hobbyist.

She graduated from the University of Victoria in 2020 with a B.A. in History, focussing specifically on the history of sex and medicine. Their Honours thesis looked at medical and popular discourse regarding intersex people in 19th century America. As a non-profit/arts communicator, she is passionate about accessibility and vibrancy in marketing and as well as the visual art of storytelling. Her communications background is primarily in non-profit work and freelance writing. Their poetry has appeared in various publications. 

 

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Lynnéa Chan (She/Her) – Office Manager and Rentals Coordinator

Lynnéa is a queer, Chinese-Canadian theatre artist and arts administrator. As an artist, she strives to create casually diverse stories that are both loving and provocative. As an administrator, she cares an eccentric amount about fonts, style guides, and filing systems. Her creative interests include collaborative creation, experimental prose, and the legitimacy of genre fiction—specifically, fantasy, horror, and sci-fi. She is intrigued by and continues to experiment with the separation of art and artist. Lynnéa spends her spare time baking, bookbinding, making music, doing needlecraft, and rotating her ever-changing wheel of hobbies.

Lynnéa has a BFA in in Theatre from the University of Victoria. She is fond of all elements of theatre craft, with past work in writing, costume design/construction, directing/devising, and performance. Past writing includes, You Are Here: Pop-Up Docs (Theatre SKAM), Tides (LEAP), and Almond Eyes (Telling It Bent); performance credits include: The Children’s Hour (Phoenix Theatre), The Open Gate (Bottled Theatre), It’ll Come to Me (Theatre SKAM), Ouroboros (Hollow Hound Arts Collective), Bad Dog (Blue Jaye Productions); textile experience includes: Going All The Way, and the national and international tours of Theatre SKAM’s Fashion Machine in 2019 and 2023.

 

Artistic Associates

Pedro M. Siqueria

Pedro M. Siqueira (He/Him) – Artistic Associate

Pedro [he/him] is a Brazilian multi-skilled performer, creator, and producer based in Victoria BC. Pedro’s curiosity is the ground from which he leaps into the unknown. He ignites the imagination to illuminate the path to artistic realization. Since his graduation from the Canadian College of Performing Arts in February of 2020, Pedro has been assisting the theatre community in Victoria to find ways to keep developing, producing, and creating during these challenging times. 

 

Olivia Wheeler

Olivia Wheeler (She/Her) – Artistic Associate

Olivia [she/her] is a queer mixed-race, Chinese Canadian performance designer, composer, theatre technician and multi-disciplinary creator from Lekwungen and WSÁNEĆ territory. She recently graduated with a degree in theatre and minor in music from the University of Victoria. Her work specializes in sound design, composition, technical theatre, immersive performance design and puppetry.

She has worn multiple different hats during her time with SKAM, including co-producer for SKAMpede (2020), production designer for multiple SKAM Young Company productions (BacklinersEnd of Term, and The Fates), and puppet design, director and lead artist for the Halloween Pop-Up Theatre. She has been involved in productions, workshops, and initiatives with companies across the country such as SNAFU Dance Theatre Society, Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival, Alberta Theatre Projects, Vertigo Theatre, Red Betty Theatre, and the STEPS Initiative. Some of her most recent work include the research, creation, and design of EVOKE (BFA Project), the creation of Hey Girl through the conVERGE Residency (Intrepid Theatre & Puente Theatre), and sound designer for Liberated Feminist Futures (Nightwood Theatre). 


 

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