Summer Jobs at Nakai!

Job Posting Closed – Thanks for all that applied!

Producing Assistant (2 Positions)*

Under 30 and want to spend your summer in the Yukon working on theatre that can only be made here?

Nakai Theatre is seeking two (2!) summer employees to work with Nakai staff in preparing, producing and sharing Nakai’s 40th season.

The Producing Assistants will be involved with:

Landscape Theatre

Planning, coordinating and communicating production elements for a new 10-day residency taking place in late August. Duties will include:

  • identifying, sourcing and gathering materials required for the Landscape Theatre residency

  • organizing and communicating travel and accommodation to artists and attendees

  • creating and maintaining a production schedule

  • partner outreach and follow up

  • assisting with set-up on-site

  • helping to ensure guests are comfortable and have what they need to participate capably the project.

  • may be requested to accompany the team on day-trips to sites outside of Whitehorse.

Nakai’s 40th Anniversary Season

Help support research, planning, and outreach efforts in preparation of Nakai’s 40th anniversary season (2019-2020). Specific projects in process are an archival and commemoration project for Nakai’s January 2020 Pivot Festival and an April 2020 storytelling and performance project (99 Stories Not About Gold). Duties may include:

  • Cataloguing, selecting and formatting highlights from Nakai’s archive on digital platforms;

  • Working with staff to compile a list of potential plays for reading/performance at Pivot 2020;

  • Identifying key players in Nakai’s past and drafting invites for them to attend Pivot Festival 2020;

  • Assisting in developing fundraising initiatives for Pivot Festival 2020;

  • Logistics and planning for 99 Stories Not About Gold;

  • Partner outreach and follow up;

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

  • Begin forming authentic relationships and networks with local Filipino community members, as well as possible venues and partners, for the Pivot Festival 2020 project Embrace.

Each Producing Assistant be assigned one area of focus, however, both will work on each projects. Applicant preference will be considered if expressed.

What we’re looking for:

Students and early career folks interested in all or some of: Arts leadership, production and administration, land-based practices, archival and information design, community education, process design, dramaturgy / literary management, facilitation, non-profit leadership and administration.

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

  • Must be between 19 and 30 years of age.**

  • 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.

  • Must be legally able to work in Canada and the Yukon.

Schedule and rate: $18/hour at 30 hours a week. Evening and weekend work may be required.

Anticipated dates of employment: June 10 - August 30, 2019 (12 week contract)

Application closing date: April 22, 2019 11:59PM PST

Please submit a cover letter and CV clearly outlining your skills and interest to:

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.

* Please note that this an anticipatory posting for these positions, contingent on funding from Canada Summer Jobs (Employment & Social Development, Government of Canada).

**Please note that this position is open to anyone aged 19-30. You do not have to be a student to apply. Note: This age limitation is a funding requirement for Canada Summer Jobs.

Wrapping up Pivot 2019!

Many warm thank you to all who attended, supported, sponsored and were involved in the Pivot Festival this year! It was a great success, and we are looking forward to next year to celebrate Nakai’s 40th season!

More things to come from Nakai this spring!

Zach McCann-Armitage
Help us make awesome!

It’s been a full year for Nakai as we entertained audiences and helped theatre grow stronger in the Yukon.

Nakai’s year included a commission from Ivan Coyote and Sarah MacDougall (Trader Time), a local cast and choir joining forces (3penny Radio Revue), a smash hit musical (Onegin), a play/rock show at Atlin Arts and Music Festival (When We Dance, We Dance Together) plus uncommon social events, guided walks, and transformative workshops.

Nakai is entering the next year with big plans —
And we need your support to make them awesome!

Our annual programming includes the much loved 24hr Challenge, the inspiring Pivot Festival plus workshops and opportunities for everyone — whether you are an aspiring or experienced theatre artist, a YG employee looking to boost confidence and creativity, a First Nation youth or elder with a story to tell, or an entrepreneur looking for an advantage.

We are focused on making theatre that can only be made here. We’re turning to our landscape and asking what stories can be told outside; we’re sharing stories for and of the Yukon that aren’t about gold and we’re contributing to a thriving territory through theatre.

We hope that you will help Nakai Theatre’s activities this season with a donation. Your support ensures our events are accessible and vibrant. We are fortunate to work in the Yukon, where people know the value of our local arts community and pitch in to make it happen.

Please find a donation form attached, along with a little more about Nakai and recent and upcoming programming.

Thank you so much for considering our request, and for being a supporter of Nakai Theatre.  

Donate now

Jacob Zimmer
Announcing the Pivot lineup!


Trader Time returns to open Nakai Theatre’s Pivot Festival 2019

Whitehorse, YT —  November 7, 2018 Nakai Theatre and the Yukon Arts Centre unveiled the lineup for Pivot Festival 2019 today during a Facebook Live event. The two-week festival will run from January 10 to 26 and will bring comedy, theatre and storytelling to Whitehorse and Dawson City.

This year, Pivot will offer two passes, a Festival Pass, which includes a ticket to Trader Time, L’Homme De Hus and The Sufferettes, and an Improv! Improv! Improv! Pass, which includes a ticket to one improv workshop and a ticket to each of The Sufferettes Whitehorse shows.

Also new this year, Pivot will be offering subsidized tickets for Trader Time and L’Homme De Hus to ensure the festival is accessible to everyone. Individual tickets go on sale December 3rd.

This morning’s Facebook Live event can be viewed here, and a complete schedule of Pivot Festival performances and activities is included below.

Trader Time

Yukon’s Ivan Coyote and Sarah MacDougall return to Whitehorse with their hit show, this time with a band. Trader Time blends story, songs and visuals to create a haunting and sometimes hilarious series of interconnected stories, that meander through small-town big-family politics, growing up queer in a cold, cold place, the life and deaths of two very different matriarchs, and some of the secrets buried in the permafrost.


January 10, 2019, 8pm, Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse

The Sufferettes

The Sufferettes are a Toronto-based, award-winning comedy troupe of Becky Johnson and Kayla Lorette. The duo’s performance goes beyond the ordinary for a great experience and many laughs. The pair will host improv workshops in Dawson City and Whitehorse, and local performers will join the fun in Whitehorse.  Each show guaranteed to be different!


January 11, 2019, KIAC, Dawson City

January 17-19, 2019, Old Firehall, Whitehorse

Join renowned improvisors Becky Johnson and Kayla Lorette in a fun workshop that will inspire, delight and up your improv game. Workshops will focus on connection, economy, building play and games to get to the joyful potential of this work.


January 10, 2019, Improv Workshop, Dawson City
January 16+19, 2019, Improv Workshop, Old Firehall, Whitehorse

L’Homme De Hus

Camille Boitel and Company L’Immediat return to Whitehorse and the Pivot Festival this winter on their L’Homme De Hus North American tour. The one-hour, one-man show was developed over eight years and follows a philosopher clown as he moves through a world of pitfalls, dealing with unpredictable consequences he can’t escape.


January 25-26, 2019, Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse

Pivot Story Crawl

The story crawl is an evening of storytelling and music. The audience walks from ove venue to the next to watch local performers and musicians share their work. The night is a showcase of local talent in an unexpected context.


January 15, 2019, Local Bars, Whitehorse

Pivotal Conversations

The half-day gathering builds on the success of last year’s conversation – a meaningful exchange of creative ideas between local artists and arts leaders that expanded beyond day-to-day interactions. The workshop takes a peer-to-peer and participant-driven approach to discussions, which created enthusiasm and delivered concrete outcomes.


January 20, 2019, Old Firehall, Whitehorse

Pivotal Words

A partnership with Brave New Words, local writers and performers are invited to share their stories. The evening is curated by Peter Jickling and brings together musicians, storytellers, comedians and poets.


January 22, 2019, Whitehorse

About Pivot Theatre Festival

Heading into its 11th year, Nakai Theatre’s Pivot Festival is a highlight of the Yukon theatre season, presenting some of Canada’s most innovative and engaging performances. Pivot invites us to connect with people and theatre close to home and from around the world. The festival transcends our assumptions about theatre by mixing inspirational productions, revisiting crowd favourites, and opportunities to join in the creative fun.

About Nakai Theatre

Nakai Theatre, based in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, is dedicated to contributing to a thriving Yukon Territory through remarkable theatre and uncommon events.

We are proud to be part of a Yukon Territory where Indigenous peoples, settlers, and newcomers share the land, interpret our connections to the landscapes, and share our knowledge and experiences through theatre with each other and with the world. For information on the theatre company, please visit

About the Yukon Arts Centre

The Yukon Arts Centre (YAC) is a creative resource for Northern artists, reflecting and supporting the artistic ambition and aesthetic of Yukon community organizations. To learn more about YAC’s arts and culture programing and their unique facilities, please visit;

Pivot Festival Supporters and Sponsors

Nakai Theatre would like to recognize the support of its funders and sponsors: Government of Canada, Department of Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, Lotteries Yukon, Yukon Arts Operating Fund, Department of Tourism and Culture, with support from the Yukon Lottery Commission, and the City of Whitehorse. We would also like to recognize the support from Yukon Arts Centre, Northern Vision Development, Air North, RBC, Yukon News, What’s Up Yukon, and CKRW The Rush.

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For questions or comments please contact:

Kathleen Napier, Marketing Coordinator


Jacob Zimmer
Welcome Jenna Winter to the Nakai Team!

Nakai is delighted to announce that Jenna Winter will be taking on the role of Managing Producer for Nakai Theatre. Jenna brings a wealth of experience to the position from across the country, around the world and in the Yukon with Gwaandak Theatre. Jenna will continue as the General Manager of Gwaandak Theatre. Both organizations are excited by the collaboration and communication that Jenna will enable between two pillars of the Yukon’s theatre community.

You can reach her at

Woot! woot!

If you’ve got questions or for more information: 867-893-6040

Jacob Zimmer
We Danced Together in Atlin!

We're just got back from an amazing weekend at the Atlin Arts and Music Festival. Thanks so much to Angela Drainville and the entire team and sponsors for creating a magical experience.

Here are some pictures and copy of the program.

Jacob Zimmer
Get involved with Nakai!

The Nakai Theatre Board of Directors and Artistic Director Jacob Zimmer are eager to connect with people interested in being a part of the next stage of theatre in the Yukon with Nakai

We are specifically looking for:
Board members (volunteer position)

Over the next years, we’re:

  • Making theatre that can only be made here.
  • Supporting theatre artists at all the stages of creation and craft.
  • Encouraging more theatre that dreams at the scale of the landscape.
  • Connecting theatre to innovative and digital technologies and collaborations in the Territory and around the world.
  • Using skills and outlooks from theatre to support a flourishing Yukon.

Want to contribute?

Board members

The volunteer Board of Directors connects the staff and programming to communities, skills and approaches that are needed to develop a remarkable, catalyzing arts organization.
We are particularly looking for people with lived experience and/or backgrounds in the following areas:

  • First Nations
  • Wilderness and land-based education and/or tourism.
  • Connections in the territory outside of Whitehorse.
  • Fundraising.
  • Event planning.
  • Legal expertise.
  • Working with youth.

To talk further about joining the Board email Jacob (jacob at or Board President Shonagh McCrindle ( at

oh, and of course, you can always support the work by making a charitable donation. CLICK HERE.

Jacob Zimmer
Kaori Torigai leaving position for new opportunities.

May 16, 2018
For Immediate Release.

It is with gratitude and best wishes that Nakai theatre announces that Kaori Torigai will be leaving her position as General Manager at Nakai Theatre to take a position with Yukon Government.

During her time at Nakai, Kaori brought energy, smarts and an infectious laugh to the work and company. She not only led the company administratively, but spearheaded projects including Stranger Connections and acted as a strong voice for the arts and theatre in the community. While she will no longer be staff with Nakai, we all hope to work together in the future in new and exciting ways.

Nakai is launching a territorial and national search for a new Managing Producer to start in July 2018. Torigai will continue working with company on a part time basis until a new staff member is in place.

More information on the job posting please see


Shonagh McCrindle

President, Nakai Theatre, Board of Directors.

Jacob Zimmer