Contract Position - Production Manager, YFN 2022

Contract Position - Production Manager, YFN 2022

Project Summary

YFN 2022 is a multi-year legacy project in cultural performing arts revitalization and development. YFNCT in partnership with Gwaandak Theatre will create and share an inspiring, artistically stunning multi-disciplinary show by and about Yukon First Nations people today. The 90-minute show will be driven and created by artists from the 14 Yukon First Nation communities as a platform to honour and tell their stories. The show is directed by Alejandro Ronceria and Diyet Van Lieshout, two internationally recognized Indigenous artists. The show premieres in June, 2022 at the Arctic Arts Summit followed by a Yukon community tour in 2022 2023. 

Summary of Contract Position

Reporting to the Executive Producers and working closely with the Creative Team, the Production Coordinator is a self-motivated, organized individual with leadership skills and the ability to manage competing priorities in a dynamic and creative production.  The Production Coordinator is a contract position and a key member of the planning team that leads the production and logistics elements of the YFN 2022 project, serves as the central point of contact with all artists and supporting team members, and provides a communication link between the Executive Producers, artists and the Creative and Technical teams.  The Production Coordinator is also responsible for ensuring that the production elements required for successful delivery are organized ahead of time, and that the operational and logistical production requirements meet the expectations of the creative team, artists and production and technical leads.  


Duties of the Production Manager include but are not limited to: 

  • Leads production and logistics elements of the YFN 2022 project.  Leads production meetings; organizes, leads and reports on Production Meetings and tracks action items/deadlines delegated with all key team members: Directors, Designers, SM, Tech Director, Writers, etc;
  • Participates in creative team meetings; creates and follows through on action items.  
  • Manage and update project workplan and timelines ensuring that the production elements required for successful delivery are organized ahead of time, and that the operational and logistical production requirements meet the expectations of the creative team, artists and production and technical leads. 
  • Source building materials, fabrics, prop materials, sourcing workshop spaces such as for set build, recording, costumes and props, sourcing assistants to help such as sewers, painters
  • Acts as the primary resource person to the Executive Producers and Creative/Design/Tech Team 
  • Participates in budget planning and management - provide YFNCT with accurate production and technical cost estimates. 
  • Manages budget for area of responsibility –Tracks all production and show-related expenses 
  • Books / contracts all rehearsal venues including logistical and technical requirements
  • Leads in creating, updating and distributing production schedules including crew schedules, rehearsal schedules, post mortems, production rentals and other events.  
  • Coordinates all travel, hotel, hospitality and transportation requirements for artists, creative and technical team members  
  • Works closely with the stage manager to provide logistical support at all creation gatherings, dress and technical rehearsals in cooperation with the creative and technical teams.
  • Identifies, organizes and implements logistical requirements related to production needs. 
  • Assists with the development, distribution and tracking of all production, venue and artist agreements.    
  • Acts as liaison with the participants / artists, mentors and the creative and technical team members until which time a Stage Manager is involved in project.   

Qualifications/Required Skills

  • A diploma or degree in arts production or a related field / OR
  • 3 years’ experience in production coordination and/or stage management experience within performing arts  
  • Experience in scheduling arts production based projects 
  • Proven experience producing accurate show costing in a production environment.
  • An understanding of current production and technical practices within theatre/performing arts including sound, lighting, projection and set construction. 
  • Strong attention to detail with strong administrative and effective communication skills 
  • Proven organizational expertise and ability to successfully manage multiple tasks and project simultaneously.  
  • Budgeting experience. 
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint + experience with databases. 
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with a commitment to collaboration. 
  • Experience working with First Nations artists & communities
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Workplace Safety / Workplace Violence and Harassment act. 
  • A valid driver’s license and a sense of humour are definite assets

Contract Details

Contract Period: September 1,2021 – July 31, 2022 with the possibility of an extension for Community Tour.   

Contract Rate: $30.00 - $35  per hour commensurate with experience. 

Estimated Hours: 1200 hours (80 – 120 per month depending on level activity, with an increase of hours from April – July during final show rehearsal, tech and show premiere.)

Application Process

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter clearly outlining your relevant experience and qualifications to or mail to 1-1109 Front Street, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 5G4.  

Please include the names of at least two professional or academic references.

Deadline to apply is September 10, 2021 at 4pm.

We encourage applications from qualified candidates of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis origin and from other Indigenous, visible minority and diverse backgrounds.