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Now Hiring: Venue Technician - Lighting

Now Hiring: Venue Technician - Lighting

Temporary, Full-time, Flex-time Until May 2019, Negotiable

Please submit your resume with a cover letter to
Josh Jansen
Technical Director / Production Manager
E-mail -
Mail: PO Box 16, Whitehorse, YT. Y1A-5X9

The Venue Technician is responsible for ensuring:
that the production technical needs of Yukon Arts Centre clients and artists are satisfied,
that casual stage crew are trained and managed to meet those needs,
that equipment and systems are maintained so as to be capable of meeting those needs,

Position History:
The position is offered as an acting position. This position is a Temporary Technician position created to cover staffing position on Maternity leave.
This is a full time Public Service Alliance of Canada position as per the collective agreement under Venue Technician.
Rate of Pay- $22.24- $24.11 per hour
Benefits- Additional $0.71 an hour in lieu of benefits
Moving Expenses- Assistance with moving expenses available. 

Results to be achieved:
1) Ensure that all technical aspects of all productions run smoothly and to the artists and presenters satisfaction.
2) Ensure that clients, staff and volunteers operate safely and in accordance with Yukon Arts Centre policy and procedure guidelines.
3) Ensure effective and timely communications internally among Yukon Arts Centre staff and externally with Yukon Arts Centre clients. 
4) Ensure good morale and teamwork among stage crew and volunteers.
5) Ensure that both professional touring artist’s and local artist’s production needs are met or exceeded.
6) Ensure that relations with local arts groups and performers are managed with diplomacy, patience and a lack of complaint.

1) In the absence of the Technical Director liaise with clients, presenters or artists to determine technical requirements.  Ensure that information is shared among staff as may be required.
2) Prepare for, set-up, manage and operate presentations as may be required.
3) Facilitate the effective use of theatre’s technical systems to maximize the quality of any presentation with an emphasis on ETC Gio Programming and operation.  
4) Maintain and operate lighting, and other theatrical equipment as may be required.
5) Supervise casual stagehands.
6) Ensure that all production related paperwork is completed in a timely fashion including show reports, time sheets etc.
7) Maintain the stage, shop and related areas in clean and safe condition.
8) In consultation with the Technical Director plan and execute equipment and systems maintenance.  Advise the Technical Director on Capital or Major Maintenance requirements.
9) Foresee and avert potentially dangerous situations.
10) All Yukon Arts Centre employees shall be aware of and respect the Health and Safety regulations published by the Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board.
11) Support the coordination, training and organizing of technical volunteers.

Supervision of staff
Casual Stage Hands
Technical Volunteers

Supervision of Budget
No direct supervision of budget
Provide advice to the Technical Director in preparing annual budget and capital budget.

Suitable Black semi-formal dress in the presence of clients or audience.


1) Knowledge:
a) Graduation from a recognized theatre technical programme (college or university) or equivalent experience.
b) Knowledge of ETC Gio Programming and operation
c) Knowledge of sound, lighting and rigging for the theatre.
d) Knowledge of theatre production protocols
e) Basic carpentry and electrical training

2) Skills:
a) Lighting design and operation
b) Basic sound operation
c) Basic operation and management of stage elements
d) Basic scenic shop skills
e) Good time management and the ability to schedule others
f) Supervision of stage crew
g) Production planning and scheduling
h) Effective verbal and written communication
i) Self motivating and able to inspire others
j) Ability to work well with other technical staff and Yukon Arts Centre Staff
k) Ability to share knowledge, teach and in turn learn
l) Ability to work efficiently under stress and maintain a good sense of humour
m) Ability to adapt to a variety of client or artist demands
n) Ability to analyse technical problems and offer effective solutions
o) Ability to operate in a multi-cultural environment
p) Ability to work effectively with non-professional volunteers

Any additional information please CALL Josh Jansen @ 1-867-333-9332
or E-mail

The Applicant.
Please provide a cover letter with a detailed resume with related experiences to
Josh Jansen
Technical Director / Production Manager
E-mail -
Mail: PO Box 16, Whitehorse, YT. Y1A-5X9
We encourage all members of the community to apply. The Yukon Arts Centre is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all those that take the time to apply. We will contact those that best meet the listed qualifications.

This is a full time Public Service Alliance of Canada position as per the collective agreement. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

A Message from the CEO for the 2018-2019 Season

A Message from the CEO for the 2018-2019 Season

Dear Patron,

I am thrilled to welcome you to the start of the Yukon Arts Centre’s 2018-2019 season, featuring artists from across the Country and a number of new locally driven initiatives that will showcase exciting new Northern voices.

If you have been a loyal ticket buyer, you will be noticing some changes to our marketing and outreach this season.  For starters, we will not be announcing our full season all at once. Rather, we are going to be making quarterly announcements. This reflects the habits and wonderful spontaneity that our audience has been demonstrating over the past few years. We want to be communicating our programming in ways and at times that lines-up with your decision making preferences.

As well, we have noticed a significant drop in our membership and subscription initiatives, and so, we will be ending those programs to focus more on new flexible and adaptable strategies that better serve the needs of our audience today.

What we will continue to have is an annual vibrant line-up of music, dance, theatre, film, family and youth programming that will speak to and engage all parts of our community.

And, to kick-Off the 18-19 season we will be welcoming the following guests:

• Jennifer Castle with special guests @ the Old Fire Hall: Join Polaris Award long list artist Jennifer Castle who will be joined by two emerging Yukon Artist voices in the intimacy of the Old Fire Hall. 

• The Queer Songbook Orchestra: The Queer Songbook Orchestra are a Toronto based 12-piece chamber pop ensemble, dedicated to exploring and uplifting queer narrative in pop music.  With the queer lens intact they are looking through the last century of popular music and bringing forward obscured LGBTQ2S historical narratives, as well as the personal stories of members of the community and the songs connected to them.

• Motherload: An intimate theatrical account of parenting in the modern age that is funny, raw, honest, and riveting. Four prominent Canadian theatre artists and mothers bare their personal stories about what it takes to be a member of the world’s biggest club.

• Whitehorse: Canadian Folk Rock superstars Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland return to the Yukon for a concert that can’t be missed.

I am also excited (and relieved) to announce that in the Fall we will be unveiling a new website and ticketing experience (thanks to the support of the Community Development Fund) that will make your user experience even happier. More news on that as we get closer to completion.

Thank you all for your continued enthusiasm and support for our programming. We have many surprises lined up for you this season so stay tuned for future announcements. 


Casey Prescott
Yukon Arts Centre

Open Studio Evening with Chu Niikwän Artists-in-Residence

Open Studio Evening with Chu Niikwän Artists-in-Residence

The Chu Niikwän Artist Residency was named by the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre’s Governance Council to recognize the Yukon River, and each of the artists is working in a studio space close to it. Enjoy an evening walk along the riverbank and visit with all three artists:

ARTIST: Blake Lepine
STUDIO LOCATION: Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre (1171 Front Street - Culture Cabins behind main building)

ARTIST: Nicole Bauberger
STUDIO LOCATION: Old Fire Hall (1105 Front Street)

ARTIST: Lia Fabre-Dimsdale
STUDIO LOCATION: Arts Underground (15-305 Main Street – Lower Level, Hougen Centre)

All studios will be open to the public on Thursday, August 16, from 4-7pm.

For more information about the program, visit
Can’t make it to Open Studio? Members of the public are also invited to join us for two other CNAR events at Arts Underground: the exhibition opening on September 7 from 5pm to 9pm, and a Culture Days artist talk on September 29 from 1pm to 3pm.

Peel Watershed Portrait Exhibit | Community Gallery

Peel Watershed Portrait Exhibit | Community Gallery

Steven Buyck with his wife, Nacho Nyäk Dun Citizen, Mayo, Yukon

Join us at the Yukon Arts Centre for the opening of a special exhibit about the Peel Watershed. Light snacks and refreshments will be available.

This collaboration between the Yukon Conservation Society (YCS), CPAWS Yukon, the First Nation of Na Cho Nyäk Dün, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation and the Teetl'it Gwich’in Council features some of the many people whose lives are intertwined with the Peel Watershed.

The exhibit is a small showing of the many interviews and portrait sessions conducted in the four communities surrounding the Peel Watershed: Mayo, Dawson City, Old Crow, and Teetl'it Zheh (Fort McPherson) as well as the city of Whitehorse. It features short excerpts from individual interviews alongside stunning portrait, wildlife and landscape photographs by Cathie Archbould and Peter Mather.