Homegrown Theatre Festival Details!

Homegrown 2015 Poster
Get ready Whitehorse! The 2015 edition of Nakai Theatre Homegrown Theatre Festival is right around the corner and packed with exciting and thought-provoking performances drawn from the local Yukon community.

The festival takes place from 7-11:30 pm nightly from May 26th to 30th at the Guild Hall in Whitehorse. Tickets are $12 at the door which get you into a slew of exciting theatre performances each evening.

Homegrown Schedule
For full details check out our program at: http://tinyurl.com/l9czelf
This year's festival includes:
Back in a Minute

Created by: Santana Berryman
Performed by: Andrea Bols, Beverly Brazier, Colin Milne, and Melaina Sheldon

Maria Hernandez Garcia wakes up in her mother’s restaurant in East L.A. with no idea of how she got there. Soon, she discovers that she has died, and that her “unfinished business” is the only thing keeping her in this world. Act II brings on the question – would you stay in a world of hell, if you knew that someone needed you? Back in a Minute is an urban drama that centers on the conflict between two powerful women, and explores themes of family, independence, and how we cope with loss.

Community Theatre
A serial improv comedy

Created and Performed by: Erica Bigland, Brian Fidler, George Maratos, Claire Ness, Martin Nishigawa, and Anthony Trombetta

Each night, Community Theatre lampoons the world of amateur theatre in this serial improv comedy show. Set in the fictional Capitol Theatre the characters and story are improvised nightly and developed with the help of the audience. 

With every episode the plot thickens as a cast of improvisers build the story of the eccentric characters in small town theatre. You’ll meet the flamboyant director, part-time actor divas and surly technicians that make this local theatre tick.

Note: Individual tickets will be available each evening for Community Theatre for those not attending the rest of the festival. They will cost $5 at the door.

Four Directions Story

Performed by: Rhoda Merkel

Rhoda has been telling children First Nations stories for over ten years, now she would like to share them with you. Come and listen to how harmony remained intact in animal kingdom after a very large disagreement in the Story of the Four Directions. How did the world begin???? Rhoda will tell First Nations creation stories that answer this question. And, in her final performance she will tell very old stories told around campfires in the Yukon in the old days. 


Created by: Dogface Theatre
Performed by: Adam Bacchus, Anna Crawford, Aimée Dawn Robinson, Geneviève Doyon, Sophia Marnik, Roy Neilson, Melaina Sheldon and Jason Westover

A young man in recovery trudges the road of unhappy destiny – with a little help from his friends.

Special Thanks to: Nakai Theatre 24 Hr Playwriting Challenge & Gwaandak Theatre New Yukon Voices program.

* Recommended for mature audiences only.


Created and performed by: Nicholas Mah

The spirit of legendary jazz guitarist Lenny Breau takes over the hands and body of our hero (Nick) to give one last show. Some of Lenny’s unique arrangements and compositions will be featured along with illustrations of his amazing abilities and childlike nature.

Porque el silencio...

Created by: Léa Roy - Bernatchez
Performed by: Léa Roy-Bernatchez

A dance performance with words. Sharing to the audience an old story. A hidden love story between 2 women. 

PSAC Regional Pride Committee Presents “Slam Homophobia”

Created by: Lisa Vollans-Leduc and Barry “Jack” Jenkins

One night of slam poetry and performances against homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, misogyny, and bullying. This performance is a benefit for local high school Gay-Straight Alliances.

Willard Richards, Eyewitness to the Martyrdom in the Carthage Jail

Adapted from the paperback , Sealing the Testimony, An Eyewitness Account of the Martyrdom written by Ted Gibbons 2001. 
Performed by: Ron Patrick

The intent of the mob that attacked Carthage Jail was to leave no survivors to tell the truth of what happened. But two men survived. One of them in fulfillment of prophecy was unharmed. That man was Willard Richards. In this dramatic monologue, Willard Richards, the prophet’s personal secretary and church historian returns to Carthage Jail, Illinois and recreates for the audience the story of the betrayal, treachery, and conspiracy that led to the murder of the Mormon Prophet, Joseph Smith.  

*Note: this piece will include loud noises.

Wolf Trek: Alone in the Woods

Written by Kevin Kennedy
Dramaturged by TJ Dawe
Performed by: Kevin Kennedy

Charged by bison, trapped by wolves, nose-to-nose with bears: what drives a broken-armed man for 3 buggy weeks hiking subarctic Wood Buffalo Park? True story of his arm-smashed-up buffalo walk. First Whitehorse performance of a Fringe hit!  

"Easily my favourite...When he howls with the wolves, I want to howl with him" -Vancouver Province; 
"Affecting, rewarding" -Georgia Straight; 
"4 stars" -Victoria Times Colonist; Best Script, Montreal Fringe; 
"Old-fashioned storytelling, hair-raising anecdotes, sheer slapstick" -Whitehorse Star.

Saturday, May 30th at 10:15 pm a closing night party will rock the Guild with music by DJ KJ. Free and open to all.

Volunteer for the Homegrown Theatre Festival
Nakai’s 2015 Homegrown Theatre Festival is just around the corner and we’re looking for festival volunteers.  A volunteer shift will get you a free ticket to a night of the festival.
We are looking for volunteers for these roles:
Bar volunteers
Front of house ticket sales
Poster and program distribution
Festival set-up and strike
If any of these positions interest you please contact Amber Church at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


THANK YOU to our Homegrown 2015 Silent Auction Donors!!!

Alistair Maitland Photography
Angellina's Toy and Children's Boutique
Arbonne Canada
Aroma Borealis
BDO Canada LLP
Blanchard Road Gardens
Cindy McCain, Tangible Arts
City of Whitehorse – Canada Games Centre
Kelly Boyd, Independent Arbonne Consultant
Linda Leon
Pippa Lawson
Tim Hortons
Victoria Soap Shop
Whitehorse Massage Therapy Clinic
Wykes’ – Your Independent Grocer
Woodcutter’s Blanket

and thanks to our generous Nakai Patrons for their personal donations!


2015 Homegrown Theatre Festival

Nakai Theatre is excited to announce that its call for participants for the 2015 Homegrown Theatre Festival is now open!

Since its inception in 2004, the Homegrown Festival has been a much-anticipated cultural event in Whitehorse. At its core, the festival is about inclusion for all - embracing diverse artists and audiences, social and arts organizations, and businesses from the local community.  Past incarnations of the event have seen performers grace its stage from a wide diversity of ethnic and social backgrounds and life stages ranging in age from one to seventy-two.

Anyone can create a piece to be featured in the Homegrown Theatre Festival - it is truly a grassroots endeavour.
Participants in the festival are guaranteed three showings of their piece over the course of the festival (May 25-30).  This is comparable to any larger national Fringe festival.
In addition participants have access to:

  • Ongoing dramaturgy from the Homegrown Dramaturge-in-Residence and Nakai’s Artistic Director
  • The option to  participate in festival workshops at no cost about specific topics including Theatre Design, Stage Management, Marketing for Small Theatre and Technical Theatre

Homegrown is part of Nakai Theatre’s goal to develop new Yukon Theatre.  Ideally, a script will emerge from Homegrown that Nakai will want to commission and develop further at Playlab and through regular dramaturgy.
To learn more check out our press release here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ksk94cr0zpx3qyz/Homegrown_Call_for_Participants_Release_Final.pdf?dl=0
To register, fill out the form found here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/v23xrzizw3cdocq/Homegrown%202015%20Registration%20Form%202.docx?dl=0
All registration forms must be returned to Nakai Theatre by Friday, April 10th at 4 pm.
Many thanks to Canada Council of the Arts, Tourism and Culture Yukon, and City of Whitehorse for their support of the Homegrown Theatre Festival.

For more information contact:

Amber Church

Producer and Marketing Coordinator

Homegrown Theatre Festival


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Pivot Festival Coming Soon!

The Pivot Theatre Festival

Co-presented by Nakai Theatre and the Yukon Arts Centre

January 17 -24, 2015, Yukon Arts Centre, Old Fire Hall, Site specific.

Bringing light to the dark of January, the Pivot Festival is an anticipated part of Whitehorse’s theatre calendar showcasing developing local theatre alongside high profile national and international performance. The Pivot Festival is part of an established western Canadian touring loop that includes Calgary’s High Performance Rodeo, Edmonton’s Canoe Festival and Vancouver’s Push Festival. Other public Pivot events include talkbacks, artist forums, readings, workshops and receptions.

Please go to www.pivotfestival.com for Pivot schedules and information.

24 Hour Playwriting Winners

Nakai Theatre is pleased to announce winners from the 24 Hour Playwriting Challenge 2014.  Congratulations All!


Best Play : Once In by Doug Rutherford

1st Runner Up: Smitten by Tim Green

2nd Runner Up: Salient Smear by Kevin Kennedy

People’s Choice: Back in a Minute by Santana Berryman

Leef’s Title Fight: The Good Life at the End of the Road by Tara Fallat

Larry’s Last Line: 1st.“I would have eaten her too, I was so hungry. But something stopped me.” Common Fate by Joslyn Kilborn 2nd. “The only difference is that Santa Claus doesn’t smite people and God doesn’t wait until Christmas.” Smitten by Tim Green 3rd. “I will sleep with you. I love you. ... And I know you. A Brief Heartbreak by Moira Sauer

Best Use of “Child”: Smitten by Tim Green

Best Use of Optional Mandatory Line “She thought skipping with an ice cube in her mouth was a good idea”: Salient Smear by Kevin Kennedy

Best Line: “Jesus fucking Christ, what kind of Saw bullshit is this? Your fucking thumb pops off and it’s like, oh, darn, better buy myself a new oneBack in a Minute by Santana Berryman

We are looking forward to seeing what playwrights do next with their plays….HOME GROWN FESTIVAL maybe?  STAY TUNED!

24 Hour Playwriting 2014



Nakai Theatre Invites You to Participate

24 Hour Playwriting Challenge 2014

Nov. 8/9


Reputed to be Canada’s First Ever 24 Hour Playwriting Challenge!!

This year at the Gold Rush Inn



Comedy! Tragedy! Melodrama! Horror!

And that’s just the atmosphere in the Gold Rush Hotel lobby! Get ready for an adrenaline-pumped, caffeine-infused and sleep-deprived 24 Hours with writers from Whitehorse and beyond.


Don’t miss this opportunity to personally test

the link between creativity and sleep deprivation.

The Challenge is for anyone who has ever wanted to try their hand at playwriting. Whether beginning with just an inkling of an idea or equipped with a full blown script awaiting a final tweak, all are invited to immerse themselves in the Challenge.



Click here for the 2014 Registration Form


Who: You and your laptop

When: Nov. 8/14 - Nov. 9/14 1:00 pm- 1:00 pm

Where: Best Western Gold Rush Inn, 411 Main Street

How: Registration forms on-line or pick up at Nakais office, #5 Whitepass Train Station

Cost: $75 in-town participants, $40 out-of-town participants

Prizes: Many!

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Nakai is devoted to the development of new theatre by Yukon theatre creators and the professional production of these plays for Yukon audiences.


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