Student stories

Theatre student executes festivals and site-specific plays

A glimpse behind the curtain into the lively world of Theatre SKAM reveals a bustling team hard at work. The local theatre company strives to support emerging artists by producing a range of immersive theatre, from Canadian-written plays to performing arts classes and touring festivals. 

For 24 seasons Theatre SKAM has been welcoming University of Victoria co-operative education (co-op) students like Brendan Agnew into the production company. UVic’s Co-op Program connects students’ skills and knowledge to the real world, where they gain hands-on experience that prepares them for their future careers. 

“Students gain insight into our day-to-day operations and learn skills for producing professional live events,” says Matthew Payne, a founding member who took over as artistic producer in 2007. “They bring energy and enthusiasm and often improve on our ideas.”

Agnew joined the team as a co-op student and is organizing and executing the SKAMpede festival and Concord Floral site-specific play.

“I’m involved in the management of the festival, including working with artists, preparing site maps and permits and scheduling the weekend,” says Agnew. “My work includes overseeing the production schedule, organizing site infrastructure and managing relations with the venue owners.”

Hiring co-op students can help organizations of all sizes—students make a big impact and apply their skills while employers benefit by filling a wide range of short-term positions. 

“These projects have taught me to be rigorous, hardworking, and creative,” says Brendan. “Producing theatre is interesting work, and we need to be dynamic and dedicated to do it well.”

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