We are currently looking for 2 people to join our team for the following positions:

Managing Producer

Summer Student

Managing Producer

Nakai Theatre, Whitehorse, Yukon

Closing Date: June 8, 2018

Founded in 1979, Nakai Theatre (nakaitheatre.com) has a rich history of creation, production, presenting and training in Whitehorse and beyond.

We are seeking a resourceful and dynamic individual to fulfill the position of Managing Producer to work with Artistic Director Jacob Zimmer. This is a 12 month contract full-time position, with an option to renew after one year.

About Nakai:

We create meaningful and energizing experiences by collaborating with local, regional, national, and international partners.

We facilitate individual and collective storytelling and community development through theatre.

We create connections and events inspired by our histories and realities of place, community, and climate.

We water seeds of inspiration and exchange by collaborating with museums, musicians, community groups, scientists and entrepreneurs – sharing the skills and approaches of theatre while learning and contributing to a flourishing culture in the Yukon.

About the position:

This is a senior management personnel position in a two-headed organization. The Managing Producer and Artistic Director report directly to the Board of Directors on an equal basis. The Managing Producer, collaborating closely with the Artistic Director, has shared responsibility for planning, operations, and financial management of Nakai in order to contribute to a thriving Yukon.

Salary: $35,000 to $42,000 per annum based on experience.

Hours: Full time. Flexibility of hours can be considered. Some evening and weekend work can be expected.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Collaborating with Artistic Director on planning, design, and execution of Nakai’s programming.
  • Overseeing the day-to-day operations of the company.
  • Developing and executing effective office, administrative, and accounting procedures.
  • Preparing local, territorial and national grant and foundation applications in collaboration with the Artistic Director.
  • Fundraising, including creating and executing strategies for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individuals, corporations, and  foundations.
  • Preparing, in collaboration with the Artistic Director, an annual, balanced operating budget and season planning documents.
  • Liaise with contract staff and volunteers including production, marketing, public relations, Board of Directors, front of house, box office, and venue partners.


  • Enthusiasm mixed with an attention to detail.
  • An eye for opportunities mixed with a clear practicality.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Familiarity with the Yukon and Canadian performing arts community are assets.
  • Administration experience. Experience in non-profit and arts organization administration is an asset.
  • Post-secondary education. Education in performing arts administration or theatre background is an asset.
  • Experience with Google Apps, Excel, Quickbooks, and payroll is an asset.

We hope to fill this position by July 15, 2018.

Applicants are invited to view our website at nakaitheatre.com

Nakai strongly supports and values diversity and fosters an equitable and inclusive work environment. We welcome and encourage applications from women, persons of colour, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and members of other marginalized or under-represented groups.

Please submit your resume and a covering letter by email to jobs@nakaitheatre.com

Please address any enquiries, via the email address provided above, to: 

Kim McMynn

Nakai Theatre HR Committee

We thank everyone who applies, but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. All applications are considered confidential.  

Producing Assistant – Logistics and Communication

Nakai Theatre (nakaitheatre.co) is seeking a summer student who will work with the Artistic Director (Jacob Zimmer) and Managing Producer to:

  • plan, coordinate and communicate logistics and production elements for an early July production of a theatre project to be presented at the Atlin Arts and Music Festival, a major regional arts festival.

  • Assist with cataloguing, scanning and sharing Nakai archival images and material.

  • Assist with research and design of future residencies and workshops.

Responsibilities will include:  

  • organizing and communicating travel and accommodation;

  • rehearsal venue and schedule;

  • partner outreach and follow up;

  • research, design, budgeting and planning future professional development residency;

  • cataloguing and sharing highlights from Nakai archive on digital platforms.

We are looking for a committed and detail oriented person who is able to work independently and as part of a team.

  • Experience and interest in the arts and theatre is a priority.

  • Being organized and having excellent communication skills would be an advantage

  • Comfortable and capable with computers. Experience with Google Docs, MS Office is preferred. Experience with image processing (Photoshop / scanning) and/or Squarespace is a bonus.

  • Valid driver's license is preferred.

  • Be legally able to work in the Yukon.

  • Full-time student in an accredited post-secondary institution or a graduating grade 12 student who is enrolled full-time in a university or college program in the coming fall term.

Schedule and rate:

$15/hour at 30 hours a week. Evening and weekend work will be required, especially in June. Includes pass and campsite at Atlin Arts and Music Festival. There is some flexibility in hours.

Dates of employment: June 4th - Aug 15th, 2018 (flexible start and finish)

Please submit a cover letter and CV clearly outlining your skills and interest to: Kaori Torigai at gm@nakaitheatre.com

We thank everyone who applies, but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

All applications are considered confidential. Nakai is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building a more diverse workplace. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply.  

This employment opportunity was made possible by the Canada Summer Jobs Program.