About Nakai Theatre

Nakai Theatre Ensemble produces and presents high quality, uncommon theatre for Yukon audiences and develops local artists and their work.

Founded in 1979, Nakai has a rich history of theatre making in Whitehorse and beyond.

Current Team


Jacob Zimmer
Artistic Director

Born in Cape Breton, raised in Halifax, and trained in Vancouver, Jacob now lives in Whitehorse after 15 years in Toronto. Along with being the new Artistic Director of Nakai Theatre, he’s the founding director of Small Wooden Shoe Planning and Performance, a designer at Intervene Design and a past faculty member in Leadership Development at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. He also collaborates with Public RecordingsDancemakersSecret Theatre, and others. Jacob studied theatre at Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts. He trained in Viewpoints and composition with Anne Bogart and SITI Company, interned with The Wooster Group, participated in creation workshops with Jonathan Burrows, and participated in many more curious activities.

As the founding director of Small Wooden Shoe, he has been independently producing and creating performance through collaboration and improvisation for over 10 years. Highlights include Dedicated to the Revolutions (Buddies in Bad Times, High Performance Rodeo, Super Nova, Magnetic North Festival), Perhaps in a Hundred Years (Hub 14, Summerworks, OFFTA), Life of Galileo (for Tracy Wright, Convocation Hall), Upper Toronto (Toronto Public Library, PARC etc...) and Antigone Dead People (Toronto, Tokyo).

Jenna Winter
Managing Producer

Jenna Winter is an arts administrator and producer based in Whitehorse, Yukon. From 2011-17, she was Managing Director and Artistic Associate at performance company Mammalian Diving Reflex, where she produced and co-led artistic projects with local communities (children, teenagers, refugees and senior citizens) in more than 20 cities in Canada and around the world. With a background in music and degrees in art history (B.A. Hons. McGill; M.A. York University), she has worked in theatre, music and the visual arts, including as Curatorial Assistant for the 2009 Canada Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. In 2018, she was selected as 1 of 5 Canadian Delegates for the Salzburg Global Young Cultural Innovators Forum. In addition to being Nakai’s Managing Producer, Jenna does lots of other things - including judging karaoke!

Zach McCann-Armitage
Office Manager / Associate Producer

Zach McCann-Armitage was born in the Yukon with roots in the community of Whitehorse. He has an academic background in English literature (B.A. University of Toronto; M.A. Ryerson), and has experience in writing, video-making, and audio production. He has worked in the arts for Music Yukon (2015-2017) and the Toronto International Film Festival (2018), and currently works for Nakai Theatre. He also writes songs and plays music in a Whitehorse-based band called Cryptozoologists.

Board of Directors

President Shonagh McCrindle
Vice-President Kaori Torigai
Secretary Kelly Scott
Treasurer Asad Chishti
Directors RP Singh, Jessica Westman, Susanne Hingley

Canadian Revenue Agency
Charitable Number: 133955039RR0001