Gwaandak Theatre Seeks Artistic Director to Lead Company into 3rd Decade

35 hours/week

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Artistic Director is responsible for all artistic matters of Gwaandak Theatre and working within the context of policies defined by the Board of Directors.

This position directly supervises staff and contractors in the following areas:

Artistic Internships and Student Positions; Artistic Programming and Theatre Production.


Working in a collaborative team, the Artistic Director leads and implements Gwaandak Theatre’s artistic vision. This person is directly involved with both artistic and administrative tasks, including but not limited to artistic program planning and delivery, grant-writing, fundraising, outreach, artistic visioning, marketing visioning, and general assistance in realization of Gwaandak’s strategic plan.


The Artistic Director works alongside a full-time Managing Director who leads the theatre’s administrative, financial and managerial areas, and an Artistic Producer.


Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:



  • -Lead artistic discussions around season planning, artistic visioning and project development
  • -Build, finalize and update the artistic season over a 3-year cycle in keeping with the company’s vision and mission statement and given resources
  • -Lead artistic teams in the creation of new work
  • -Proactively seek new scripts and performance works by Indigenous and Northern artists for development or production, including from established, young and emerging artists that reflect Indigenous and Northern stories in Canada
  • -Oversee artistic programming planning and delivery, delegating where required. This includes:
    • Recruitment and hiring of artists
    • Oversee auditions, workshops and rehearsals as appropriate
  • -Conduct active outreach, relationship-building and audience development with appropriate First Nations, arts and cultural organizations, and some of: rural communities, youth, schools, women, culturally diverse groups, LGBQT2S+ communities, and people with disabilities, through meaningful dialogue, creative partnerships, and attendance at public events


  • -In collaboration with the Artistic Producer, read and assess scripts and performance works, both solicited and unsolicited, that align with the company’s vision and mission statement, and respond to playwrights and theatre creators
  • -Explore opportunities for creative exchanges, residencies and collaborations that align with the company’s vision and mission statement
  • -Maintain and foster networks and communications with other producing and presenting companies, keeping up to date on current trends and changes within the Yukon and national theatre/performing arts community
  • -Work closely with the Artistic Producer and the Managing Director in selecting and evaluating the performance of the following staff and contractors: Marketing and Communications, Publicist, Production Manager(s), Technical Director and Youth/Outreach Director, Summer Positions
  • -Offer feedback to theManaging Director in evaluating the performance of the following staff and contractors: Artistic Programming, Other Theatre Production Roles
  • -Oversee artistic program delivery (by Artistic Producer), including curation, coordination, logistics, hiring and leadership, for some of: new productions; play development workshops; theatre workshop training series; Indigenous Summer Play Readings; public readings; artistic residencies; regional, national and international tours
  • -Ensure that all personnel are kept aware of artistic plans



  • -Act as an artistic ambassador of Gwaandak Theatre through attendance at workshops, conferences, community events, gatherings, festivals and industry series events at the regional, national and/or international level and through speaking engagements and interviews with the media
  • -Serve as a spokesperson for the Society with respect to all artistic matters
  • -Promote Gwaandak’s work for regional, national and international touring
  • -Participate in educational and other outreach activities
  • -Network and liaise with other theatre companies, the theatre community, the Indigenous community, and various distinct and diverse Yukon communities as appropriate


Administration & Financial Management

  • -Take a leadership role in strategic planning with other staff and Board of Directors, in line with the company’s vision and mission statements and given resources
  • -Play an active role, working cooperatively with Managing Director and Artistic Producer, in securing funding, including: articulating artistic vision; writing grant applications; making a portion of sponsorship and donation requests for artistic programming; reviewing requests prepared by other staff; reporting with key funders/donors
  • -Participate in planning and delivery of fundraising activities
  • -Inspire and identify new funders, sponsors and donors through the expression and delivery of a compelling artistic vision
  • -Work cooperatively with the Managing Director to achieve a balanced budget each year
  • -Provide a written report at each regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting pertaining to the artistic direction and mandate of the Society
  • -Assist with other relevant reporting


Marketing Visioning

  • -Participate in developing strategies and setting marketing goals with the Artistic Producer, Managing Director and Marketing Coordinator for company, production and special event marketing and promotion plans (including branding, approach and review of marketing materials)
  • -Contribute content to Gwaandak newsletter, working with the Managing Director and/or Artistic Producer
  • -Approve, in conjunction with the Managing Director/Artistic Producer, all public relations items



  • -Upholding and maintaining a respectful workplace


Apply now until July 5, 2019


Please submit a cover letter and resume expressing your interest and qualifications by Friday July 5 midnight PST, to:

The Hiring Committee with subject heading “Artistic Director”


1-1114 Front Street, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 1A3


For further information:



Gwaandak Theatre strongly encourages applications from experienced theatre artists in the Yukon and across Canada. Priority will be given to those who identify as Indigenous, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis, in keeping with our company’s mandate; however, all applications will be welcomed and considered.


As an employer that values diversity in its workforce, we encourage candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups: Indigenous people, Northerners, women, trans / gender-non conforming, visible minorities and persons with disabilities. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.




We’re often looking for volunteers for the following positions:

TECH/LOGISTIC (need some strength)

BOX OFFICE (comps, memberships, tickets sales)


HOSPITALITY (reception night)

STRIKE (need some strength)

Volunteers are able to see plays for free the night of their volunteering or on another night!