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Press Release: May 29, 2017


Nakai Theatre Ensemble, the Yukon’s oldest continuing professional theatre company, announced today that noted Canadian producer and director Jacob Zimmer is joining the company as Artistic Director.

“This is not only something for theatre-lovers to celebrate, but also great news for performing arts in the Yukon generally,“ said Nakai President Denise Lamb. “We are thrilled that Jacob will be bringing his talent and dynamism to our community.” 

Born in Nova Scotia and a graduate of Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts, Jacob Zimmer has produced and directed theatre productions across Canada. He has also extended theatre’s boundaries, having been Canada’s first full-time dance dramaturge (at Toronto’s Dancemakers and the Centre for Creation) and designing and delivering unique programs at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. 

“I’m excited to be chosen for this position,” said Mr. Zimmer. “I look forward to meeting people, building on Nakai Theatre’s great foundations, and strengthening the heart of theatre in and for Whitehorse and the Yukon.”

Zimmer will continue and expand on the work of Nakai’s previous Artistic Director, David Skelton. Skelton was with Nakai for over a decade and played a significant role in events such as the annual Pivot Festival. Nakai thanks and acknowledges David Skelton for his many years of service to our Yukon arts community.

Nakai Theatre Ensemble’s origins go back to 1979, with the company having adopted its current form in 1989. Focused on developing artists and their work, Nakai is perhaps best known for its iconic 24-Hour Playwriting Competition, as well as the popular Pivot Festival.


Telephone interviews with Jacob Zimmer can be arranged as of the date of this release.
In-person interviews will be available after June 12, 2017.

For more information:

Nakai Theatre (Kaori Torigai, General Manager)
(867) 393-6040


About Nakai Theatre


Nakai is a professional theatre company that focuses on developing artists and their work, in order to produce, co-produce and present high quality theatre for Yukon audiences.


Nakai Theatre:

  • Creates development opportunities for theatre practitioners, including artistic exchange and learning locally, nationally, and internationally.
  • Produces or co-produces work of relevance to northern audiences and as such contributes to the canon of Canadian theatre for the benefit of local, national, and international audiences.
  • Operates with a strong organizational structure that ensures the company’s artistic and financial stability.
  • Works on audience development to ensure greater understanding and appreciation of theatre.
  • Engages in the steps necessary to eventually create a performance venue and a space dedicated to rehearsal and development.

Stay tuned for further information about exciting workshops
and registration info for the upcoming 24hour Playwriting Challenge

Check out Pivot past:

Nakai Theatre Board of Directors

President: Denise Lamb Vice-President: Shonagh McCrindle Treasurer: Kim McMynn Secretary: Lawrence Purdy Directors: RP Singh, Odile Nelson, Kate Misko

Nakai Theatre Staff

Artistic Director – (867) 393-6042
Jacob Zimmer / General Manager – (867) 393-6040
Kaori Torigai /