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 Leadership


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).

Board of Directors

President Shonagh McCrindle
Vice-President Denise Lamb
Treasurer/Secretary Kim McMynn
Directors RP Singh, Odile Nelson, Aric Strong, Noah Sternbergh


  • We create opportunities for artistic creation, exchange, and learning for theatre practitioners – local, national, and international.
  • We produce or co-produce theatre of consequence and relevance for local, national, and international audiences and contribute to the canon of Canadian theatre.
  • We operate with a strong organizational structure that delivers vital creative programming while ensuring financial resilience and sustainable growth.
  • We engage in the steps necessary to create a space for theatre and dedication to rehearsal and development.
  • We grow audience impact and size with varied and strategic programming.

Canadian Revenue Agency
Charitable Number: 133955039RR0001