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Artistic Associate at Gwaandak Theatre in Whitehorse

Posted on Sep 03, 2013 in Arts & Culture

Hourly Wage/Annual Salary


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About this Job

Term Dates: Oct. 15 – June 30, 2014

280-320 hours (part-time) with potential additional hours, dependent on funding

19$-22$/h based on experience

Are you passionate about the power of theatre? Have you been inspired by the exploration of Aboriginal-settler contact Leonard Linklater’s Justice? Moved by Yvette Wong’s story in Kenneth T. Williams’ Café Daughter? Awed by Anna Mae’s voice in Annie Mae’s Movement by Yvette Nolan?

Gwaandak Theatre is looking for a part-time Artistic Associate to join our team, helping us to deliver our 14th season and build for the next decade.

The Artistic Associate will work closely with and report to the Artistic Director, and also work closely with the General Manager, Marketing Coordinator and rest of the Gwaandak team to achieve the vision of the company.

Gwaandak Theatre is dedicated to developing, producing and touring professional plays to empower Aboriginal, Northern and diverse voices, engaging in meaningful dialogue and feeding both spirit and soul of its community.

Our 2013-2014 season includes a fundraising event, a co-presentation, a touring production, play development workshops and readings, as well as our New Yukon Voices program for playwrights.

Responsibilities are challenging and varied. Priorities will be set to ensure effective and realistic workload management. Responsibilities include:


• Collaborate with Artistic Director in artistic discussions around season planning, casting, artistic visioning

• Participate in the reading and assessment of scripts, both solicited and unsolicited, and in sending responses to playwrights

• Work towards strengthening the company’s presence in the community, including relationships with other organizations within and outside of the arts, through meaningful dialogue, creative partnerships and attendance at public events

• Under the direction of the Artistic Director and/or General Manager, help to manage artistic outreach programs such as New Yukon Voices for playwrights, Aboriginal Summer Play Readings and The Hours That Remain creative workshops for youth and women

• Provide input in auditions, workshops and rehearsals as appropriate

• Proactively seek new scripts and works by Aboriginal, Northern and diverse artists for development or production

• Provide artistic support to visiting playwrights and guest artists as appropriate

• Maintain and foster networks and communications with other companies to stay up to date on current trends and changes within the Yukon and national artistic community


• Work with the Artistic Director and General Manager to refine the organization’s strategic plan, with Board of Directors and consultants, in line with the company’s vision and mission statements and within given resources

• Play an active role in securing funding, including contributing to grant-writing, and maintaining relations and reporting with key funders

• Participate in planning and delivery of fundraising activities such as the fall fundraising event

• Inspire 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 certain development and marketing events and evenings as required

• Participate in developing strategies with Artistic Director, General Manager and Marketing Coordinator for company, production and special event marketing and promotion plans

• Participate in educational and other outreach activities

• Network and liaise with other theatre companies, the theatre community, the Aboriginal 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


Ideally, the candidate is one who is interested in learning to be an Artistic Director of a Northern theatre and who is willing to cut their teeth working on the ever unfolding artistic journey, vision and mandate of one of the most progressive and innovative companies in Yukon.

The ideal candidate will have:

• Passion for and curiousity about theatre

• Experience in collaborating on creative or other projects

• Good organizational and time management skills with ability to multi-task, set priorities and meet deadlines

• Strong problem solving skills

• Strong interpersonal skills

• Ability to work under pressure

• High level of self motivation

• Some understanding of the theatre making process and the challenges and demands of a producing theatre, and willingness to learn more

• A commitment to working within the guiding vision of Gwaandak Theatre, including a passion for transformative stories, perspectives and voices and artist-centred 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

• An awareness that, as a company that does public work, we are ambassadors for our community

If this appeals to you and you believe you can make a difference through theatre, we want to hear from you.

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

This job was posted on Sep 03, 2013 and will be removed on Oct 04, 2013

All applications must be received before Sep 30, 2013

Gwaandak Theatre

Please Contact: Marjolene Gauthier


Phone: 867-393-2676


Address: 24-1114, Front Street, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 1A3

To apply for this Job

Please submit your resume, a letter indicating your interest and qualifications, and contact information for two professional references. The deadline for applications is September 30th, 2013. Please submit via email to with the subject line “Submission Artistic Associate.” For more information about the organization follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.