Creative Opportunity at GTNT

Artistic Director – GTNT
Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwn Theatre – Saskatoon, SK

Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre (GTNT), formerly the Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company, founded in 2000, is the premiere Indigenous theatre company in Saskatchewan. The GTNT Board of Directors is now seeking an outstanding, creative and inspirational individual who will lead the theatre to new levels of artistic achievement. The ideal candidate is an innovative thinker and a brave visionary who is passionate about Indigenous performing arts! A confident leader, the Artistic Director will motivate artists, staff, audience, donors and other stakeholders.

The team at GTNT is committed to producing and presenting innovative cultural theatre experiences that engage and empower First Nations and Métis youth, artists and the greater Saskatchewan community. With a focus on mentorship and training of emerging Indigenous artists we infuse culture, language and theatre arts in everything we do! Our vision is to create a world where people are transformed through Indigenous performance!

Key Responsibilities & Duties Include:

The Artistic Director (AD) is responsible for conceiving, developing and implementing GTNT’s artistic vision and theatre season programming. As an organizational leader, the AD further works in collaboration with the General Manager, fellow staff and theatre colleagues from the community and ensures emphasis on sharing Indigenous stories relevant to Treaty Six Territory and the homeland of the Métis. The AD reports directly to the GTNT Board of Directors and works within the parameters of GTNT’s executive policies. Key position functions include:

Evaluate new Indigenous theatre / artistic content and maintain an awareness of new scripts, emergent talent and artistic works with primarily Indigenous content; develops, implements and evaluates productions / programs for the year
Provide support for emerging Indigenous artists through GTNT Circle of Voices programing and mentorship activities while encouraging cultural integrity through artistic forms
Collaborate with organizations within and outside the arts community in support of intercultural projects which provoke dialogue and challenge the borders that divide us
Oversees artistic assignments within and outside of GTNT team and supports the contracting, scheduling and supervision of artists for shows; approves sets, costumes, sound and lighting, technical supports and properties and arranges their creation in the delivery of productions; the AD typically directs at least one production per season
Job Requirements:

Minimum education of Bachelor of Theatre Arts or equivalent combination of education and experience
Preference will be given to candidates who have five years of significant professional artistic experience (experiences as an artistic director, producer, dramaturg or other artistic leadership roles)
Strong track record of professional theatre production and developing new works for the stage
Broad knowledge of and familiarity with Indigenous theatre, playwrights and industry artistic trends
Experience working within non-profit theatre organizations (theatre planning, budgeting and project execution)
Experience working with First Nation and Metis communities
Compensation: commensurate with non-profit theatre standards

Please address cover letter, resume and or curriculum vitae to:
Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre, Board of Directors
Attention: Irene Oakes
914 20th Street West, Saskatoon, SK S7M 0Y4
Closing Date: August 31, 2016

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: Commensurate with non-profit theatre standards

If you are interested in applying for this exciting opportunity please email Irene Oakes ( a cover letter and c.v. by August 31, 2016.