JOB OPPORTUNITY: Artistic Producer

Gwaandak Theatre is seeking qualified applicants for:

Artistic Producer (deadline: July 10, 2018)
Technical Director (deadline: July 6, 2018)


Gwaandak Theatre is looking for a passionate, creative, vibrant Artistic Producer to join our team, helping us to deliver our 18th season and build for the next decade.

Gwaandak Theatre is dedicated to producing and touring professional plays to empower Indigenous and Northern voices. Our vision is to illuminate Indigenous and Northern stories around the world.

This is a contract position of 25-30 hours/week, depending on the successful applicant’s interests, until June 30, 2019, with possibility for annual renewal at that time. The contract begins in September 2018, in beautiful Whitehorse, Yukon.


Working in a collaborative team under supervision of the Artistic Director and the General Manager, the Artistic Producer will play a vital, hands-on role in implementing Gwaandak Theatre’s artistic vision. This person will be directly involved with both artistic and administrative tasks, including but not limited to artistic program delivery, grant-writing, fundraising, outreach, artistic visioning, marketing, and general assistance in realization of Gwaandak’s strategic plan.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:


-Collaborate with the Artistic Director in artistic discussions around season planning, artistic visioning and project development
-Participate in the reading and assessment of scripts, both solicited and unsolicited, and in sending responses to playwrights
-Community outreach and audience development including development of relationships with First Nations, organizations within and outside of the arts, rural communities, youth, women, culturally diverse groups, LGBQT2+ communities, and people with disabilities, through meaningful dialogue, creative partnerships, and attendance at public events
-Have meaningful involvement and provide input in auditions, workshops and rehearsals as appropriate
-Proactively seek new scripts and performance works by Indigenous and Northern artists for development or production, including young and emerging artists
-Provide artistic support to visiting artists as appropriate
-Maintain and foster networks and communications with other companies on current trends and changes within the Yukon and national theatre/performing arts community


-Artistic program delivery, including curation, coordination, logistics 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, under direction of the Artistic Director and/or General Manager. In 2018 major projects include: Yukon production of Bystander; Vuntut Gwitch’in Stories For Theatre – Using Gwitch’in Language, and translation of work into Yukon Indigenous languages; Indigenous Summer Play Readings, Yukon Voices playwriting group and other new play development; theatre training workshops


-Work with the Artistic Director and General Manager to refine the organization’s strategic plan, with Board of Directors, in line with the company’s vision and mission statements and given resources
-Play an active role in securing funding, including contributing to grant-writing, sponsorship and donation requests and maintaining relations and reporting with key funders
-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

Public Relations and Marketing

-Represent the artistic side of the theatre’s work at development and marketing events as required
-Participate in developing strategies with the Artistic Director, General Manager and Marketing Coordinator for company, production and special event marketing and promotion plans
-Participate in the promotion of Gwaandak Theatre work for 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
-Act as a representative of Gwaandak Theatre through attendance at workshops, conferences and community events and through speaking engagements and interviews with the media, at regional, national and/or international gatherings, festivals and Industry Series events


The ideal candidate is interested in learning more about all aspects of the successful running of an Indigenous-centred, intercultural northern theatre. They are eager to contribute to and help shape the artistic journey, vision and mandate of one of the most progressive theatre companies in Canada.

 The ideal candidate will have:

-Experience working in the theatre sector, understanding of the theatre-making process and the challenges and demands of producing theatre, and willingness to learn more, or experience in other performing arts or cultural areas
-Proven organizational and time management skills with ability to multi-task, set priorities, meet deadlines, and work under pressure
-A commitment to working within the guiding vision of Gwaandak Theatre, including a passion for transformative stories, perspectives and voices, artist-centred, Indigenous and Northern work, and for respect, health and balance in our art practice and our lives
-Some awareness of the national theatre ecology, with a particular understanding of contemporary Indigenous, northern and diverse arts perspectives, and willingness to learn more
-An interest not only in developing the capacity of this organization, but also in contributing to the growth of our broader sector
-An ability to work with and contribute to a multi-faceted team
-Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
-Proficiency with Microsoft software (Word and Excel) and Windows computing
-Proven ability to work positively and constructively with senior staff and volunteers
-Flexibility and adaptability to assist with new projects, challenges and technologies as they arise
-Ability to take initiative and work in a self-directed manner
-Experience working in the non-profit sector is an asset
-Valid driver’s license an asset but not mandatory

Priority will be given to applicants who identify as Indigenous, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis, as per Gwaandak’s mandate to empower Indigenous voices. All applications will be considered.


This is a term position from approximately September 10 to June 30, 2019, at $22-24 per hour (dependent on experience), plus vacation pay and health benefits. There is a strong possibility that this position will become permanent. Start date is negotiable.



Please submit a cover letter addressing your interest and qualifications with a resume and at least two references by Tuesday July 10th at 11pm PST to, with the subject line “Submission Artistic Producer.” For further information, please visit, call 867-393-2676 or email: Gwaandak Theatre General Manager Jenna Winter, or Artistic Director Patti Flather, We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those applicants shortlisted for interviews will be contacted. Note that Gwaandak’s office will be closed June 21-30 and staff will not respond to enquiries during this time.



Gwaandak Theatre is seeking qualified applicants for a Technical Director Contract Position for: Bystander Yukon Production, Fall 2018


 The Technical Director is responsible for overseeing all technical elements for our 2018 production of Bystander, encouraging the highest level of artistic quality, safety and efficiency in all technical aspects.

The Technical Director is a key member of the production team and is supervised by and reports to the Production Manager. This position works closely with all members of the production and directly supervises Technicians/Volunteers working on this production during rehearsals, set-up, load-ins, lighting hang/focus/level setting, sound installation/level setting, tour equipment logistics, strikes and other tech set-ups and aspects.

The Technical Director also realizes and adapts the Lighting Design to each venue. The Technical Director is the technical operator of 1 element such as sound or lighting during shows.

The TD must be available for production meetings starting in mid-summer 2018. This production rehearses for 3 weeks, from Sept. 17-Oct. 6, 2018 at the Old Fire Hall in Whitehorse, with preliminary tech beginning the week of Oct. 1. The schedule includes: mini-tour Oct. 8-12; Whitehorse tech & preview Oct. 13-16; Whitehorse opening Oct. 17; Whitehorse run to Oct. 20.

We encourage applications from all qualified candidates including people of First Nations, Inuit and Métis origin, and from other Indigenous, visible minority and diverse backgrounds, in keeping with our company’s mandate.

 HOW TO APPLY                                                          

Please submit a cover letter addressing your interest and qualifications with a resume and at least one relevant letter of reference by Friday, July 6, 2018 at 4:00 pm PST to with the subject line “Submission Technical Director – Bystander”.

For further information, please visit or call/email Gwaandak Theatre’s General Manager, Jenna Winter, at 867-393-2676. We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those applicants shortlisted for interviews will be contacted.

Gwaandak Theatre, the Yukon’s only Indigenous-centered theatre company, was founded in Whitehorse in 1999 by theatre artists Leonard Linklater and Patti Flather. “One meaning of “Gwaandak” in the Gwich’in language is “storyteller”. Our stories question, honour, and celebrate. They explore themes around decolonization, cultural identity, social justice, underrepresented voices and human rights. Gwaandak Theatre develops, produces and tours plays for both youth and adults. Our programming also includes new play workshops, readings and training for theatre artists.



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!