Nakai welcomes Jacob Zimmer


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.

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