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

Deadline: July 26

Gwaandak Theatre, the Yukon’s only Indigenous-centred theatre company, is looking for a theatre artist with a compelling vision to lead the company into the next decade.

Since its founding in Whitehorse, Yukon in 1999, by theatre artists Leonard Linklater and Patti Flather, Gwaandak Theatre has been a leader in developing and showcasing Indigenous and Northern theatre artists and voices. Gwaandak Theatre has embraced grassroots artist development, community outreach and innovative collaborations and partnerships, creating a unique Indigenous and Northern body of work that stretches beyond colonial settler myths and narratives to a more accurate, inclusive reflection of North.

Gwaandak has developed, produced and toured acclaimed productions such as Sixty Below by Leonard Linklater and Patti Flather, Yellow on Thursdays by Sara Graefe, Café Daughter by Kenneth T. Williams, Justice by Leonard Linklater, Bystander by Wren Brian, the devised work Map of the Land, Map of the Stars, Paradise by Patti Flather, Ndoo Tr’eedyaa Gogwaandak – Vuntut Gwitchin Stories in Gwich’in and English, and others. Other touring productions have included The Unplugging by Yvette Nolan and The Hours That Remain by Keith Barker.

The company has toured both regionally and nationally. Our recent seasons have also included the popular Indigenous Summer Play Readings series, play development, and workshops for artists and community members.

Gwaandak Theatre has nurtured theatre relationships in our region and across Canada, touring to festivals and participating in urgent national discussions around equity and access for Indigenous, racialized and female artists. The company strives to create a healthy, respectful environment for all staff, contractors and community members.

About the Artistic Director’s Position

Working in a collaborative team, the Artistic Director leads and implements Gwaandak Theatre’s artistic vision. They are 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, and an Artistic Producer.

This is a permanent position of 35 hours per week. Start date is negotiable pending candidate availability and location, but ideally is late summer or fall 2019, including a transition and training period with the outgoing Artistic Director during the 2019-2020 season. Salary will be commensurate on experience, include benefits after three months and annual cost-of-living increases. Relocation costs can be negotiated.

This position is based in beautiful Whitehorse, Yukon, a small, vibrant northern city. We acknowledge with deep gratitude that we live, create and benefit on the territory of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and Ta’an Kwäch’än Council. The community offers outstanding cultural and recreational opportunities.

Key responsibilities include:


-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


-Act as an artistic ambassador of Gwaandak Theatre at the regional, national and/or international level

Administration & Financial Management

-Take a leadership role in strategic planning with other staff and Board of Directors

-Play an active role in securing funding, including: writing grant applications; making sponsorship and donation requests for artistic programming

-Work cooperatively with the Managing Director to achieve a balanced budget each year

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)

*EXTENDED DEADLINE* Apply now until July 26, 2019

Please submit a cover letter and resume expressing your interest and qualifications by Friday July 26 midnight PST, to:

The Hiring Committee with subject heading “Artistic Director”


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

For further information:

867-393-2676 or

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.