Job Posting

Artistic Producer

Gwaandak Theatre is looking for a passionate, creative, vibrant Artistic Producer to join our team, helping us to deliver our 17th 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 6-month term position of 30 hours/week beginning in January 2018, conditional on funding, with strong potential to become permanent full-time. This job is based 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 outreach, artistic program delivery, grant-writing, fundraising, artistic visioning, marketing, and general assistance in realization of our five-year strategic plan.

Responsibilities are challenging, varied and rewarding. Contact us for the full job description.


  • 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, culturally diverse groups, LGBQT2 communities, and people with disabilities, through meaningful dialogue, creative partnerships, and attendance at public events


  • Artistic program delivery, including coordination, logistics and leadership role, for some of: play development workshops; theatre workshop training series; Indigenous Summer Play Readings; public readings; productions; regional, national and international tours, under direction of the Artistic Director and/or General Manager. In 2018 major projects include: Yukon production/tour of The Unplugging; Vuntut Gwitch’in Stories For Theatre in Old Crow; national tour of Paradise; translation of work into Yukon Indigenous languages.


  • 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 within given resources

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



The ideal candidate is interested in learning more about all aspects of the successful running of an Indigenous-centred northern theatre. They are eager to contribute to and help shape the artistic journey, vision and mandate of one of the most progressive and innovative 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 a producing theatre, and willingness to learn more
  • 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 and Indigenous work, and for respect, health and balance in our art practice and our lives
  • Some awareness of the national theatrical 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 PC computer
  • 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 also an asset
  • Valid driver’s license an asset

If this appeals to you and you believe you can make a difference through theatre, we want to hear from you. We strongly encourage applications from qualified candidates of First Nations, Inuit and Métis origin, and from other Indigenous and visible minority backgrounds, in keeping with our company’s mandate.



This is a 6-month term position from January 8 to June 30, 2018, at $25 per hour plus vacation pay and health benefits, for an average of 30 hours per week (with potential for up to 37.5h/week). There is a strong possibility that this position will become permanent.



Please submit a cover letter addressing your interest and qualifications with a resume and at least two relevant letters of reference by Tuesday, September 15, 2017 at 4:00 pm PST to with the subject line “Submission Artistic Producer.” For further information, please visit or call/email Gwaandak Theatre’s General Manager, Marjolène Gauthier, at 867-393-2676. We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those applicants shortlisted for interviews will be contacted.


Find this info at

Application Deadline: 
Friday, September 15, 2017
Start Date: 
Monday, January 8, 2018
Type of Work: 
Full Time
Education Level: 
Prefered Method(s) of Application: 
By E-Mail

Employer Details

Gwaandak Theatre

Marjolene Gauthier
24-1114 Front Street
Whitehorse, YT Y1A1A3

“One meaning of “Gwaandak” in the Gwich’in language is “storyteller”. Gwaandak Theatre, the Yukon’s only Indigenous theatre company, was founded in Whitehorse in 1999 by theatre artists Leonard Linklater and Patti Flather. Gwaandak Theatre’s vision is to illuminate Indigenous and Northern stories around the world. Our stories question, honour, and celebrate. They explore themes around decolonization, cultural identity, social justice, underrepresented voices and human rights. We tour to both tiny communities and major centres, and provide comprehensive study guides for secondary schools and colleges. 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.