Theatre SKAM buys Rubin drama studio

An award-winning Victoria arts organization known for its innovative theatrical style is joining forces with a long-running local theatre training facility.

After 22 years operating Kate Rubin Theatre & Drama Studio, the Victoria performing arts instructor of the title recently decided to sell.

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Theatre SKAM, which has also been in operation for 22 years, has purchased the studio and will officially reopen it as SKAM Studios on Jan. 1.

The company was approached by Rubin to continue her studio’s work while she pursues other opportunities, according to a statement.

Both Theatre SKAM artistic director Matthew Payne and operations manager Kate Wallace have taught at the studio, located at 1030 North Park Rd.

“It means keeping the Kate Rubin Theatre experience and training alive and well in Victoria, while strengthening and growing the bond with SKAM and its Victoria audience,” the statement said.

Staff at Theatre SKAM, which has a mandate to create new works and support emerging artists, felt it was an important merger, a spokesperson said.

Theatre director and artist Kathleen Greenfield, who has worked at the studio for more than two years as a teacher and assistant administrator, will step into Rubin’s shoes as the school’s administrator.

Rubin will continue to teach special workshops and classes and provide some teacher training.

A drop-in open house will take place today from noon until 4 p.m. at the studio.

For more information, call 250-386-7526 or go to skam.ca or katerubintheatre.ca

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