Homegrown 2014

Welcoming back

Nakai Theatre's legendary

Homegrown Theatre Festival,

the only fringe-style festival in northern Canada.

May 6-10 @ The Guild Hall, 7-10:30pm, nightly


Click here for the festival schedule.

This year, local performer,

Claire Ness*

will host the festival in her hilarious “Claire-acters”.

Surely not to be missed!

Homegrown is the place to see the

breadth and depth of talent among Yukon creators.

* Claire Ness is a comedian/singer-songwriter/circus teacher - born, raised, and living in the Yukon. Since studying comedy at Humber College in Toronto, and circus at École Nationale de Cirque in Montéal, her diverse ways of gracing the stage never cease to expand.

What will audiences find at Homegrown Theatre Festival?

Quick answer: almost anything.

Long answer: a fascinating spectrum of independent theatre and performance.

We have something for everyone: comedies, rants, tragedies, installations, multimedia, dance, musicals, melodramas, monologues, 80-character plays, poetry... and so many more unique and original productions that don't fit into any category.

Over 5 days audiences can see approximately 20 new shows created by up to 100 emerging and experienced Yukon performance artists, who present their work with  Nakai Theatre’s artistic and logistical and production support.

100% unjuried,

100% uncensored,

100% accessible.

ADDITIONALLY AT HOMEGROWN ..Garlic-A-GoGo!...new venue!...silent auction!

  • Hungry festival goers can stay energized and belly-filled by indulging in Whitehorse’s budding food truck culture. Local food truck owners will set up shop at The Guild, creating an outdoor food court.

  • In anticipation of another bustling event, Homegrown will occupy a third venue at Northern Lights School of Dance Studio which will house the true ‘Indie Artist’. A space that has no preconceived identity other than being a large room with four walls and a ceiling, an exciting space where artists can make something out of nothing.

  • Nakai Theatre will host their (shhh...) Silent Auction Fundraiser Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night of the festival.


- the artists creating new pieces for the festival -


Arlin McFarlin

Andrameda Hunter

David Skelton

Doug Rutherford

George Maratos

Hazel Venzon

Julia Robinson

Katherine Alexander

Kim Beggs

Nicholas Mah

Roy Neilson


*Slam-a-phobia is the followup to last year's hugely successful Slam Homophobia event, featuring both new and returning performers. This is a benefit for local high school Gay-Straight Alliances. Money collected in the tip jar (Clap With Your Wallet) will go to the GSAs. PSAC Regional Pride Committee presents poetry, monologues, skits, rants and ravings by diverse members of the local LGBTQ community and allies, celebrating queer resilience in the face of fear and prejudice against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited, queer and questioning people.


Nakai is devoted to the development of new theatre

by Yukon theatre creators

and the professional production of these plays for Yukon audiences.

We deeply appreciate the work of our graphic designer, Max Deschenes, the support of our season and public sponsors: Air North, Northwestel, Edgewater Hotel, Yukon News, Canada Council for the Arts, Yukon Arts Operating Fund, Lotteries Yukon, and the Department of Canadian Heritage with this year’s festival sponsor: Yukon Energy, for without our good times would not be possible.

Yukon Energy Logo



Homegrown 2014 Silent Auction Donors

  • Angellina’s Toy Boutique
  • Aroma Borealis
  • BDO Dunwoody LLP
  • John Boivin
  • Blanchard Road Gardens
  • Breath of Life
  • CBC Yukon
  • City of Whitehorse – Canada Games Centre
  • The Collective Good
  • Anna Crawford
  • Lawrie Crawford
  • The Frame Shop
  • GBP Creative Photography
  • Linda Leon
  • Mac’s Fireweed Books
  • Cindy McCain, Tangible Arts
  • Eleanor Rosenberg
  • Stacey’s Butcher Block
  • Tim Hortons
  • Walmart
  • Uncle Berwyn
  • Well-Read Books
  • Yukon Arts Centre

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

Nakai Theatre’s 34th
(2013-2014) Season!

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

Check out our new Pivot website at pivotfestival.com - your most comprehensive guide to the festival

Broken Territorial Tour

Co-production with Ramshackle Theatre

November 2013

Following the success of our co-production in September 2012, Broken will be taken on the road to Yukon communities.  30-year old William looks back to his childhood struggles of trying to understand how his beloved grandpa – living with Alzheimer’s – has mentally and physically deteriorated.  Broken is a one-man show about memory, aging and the bond between a Grandfather and Grandson.  Written and performed by Brian Fidler.

24 Hour Playwriting Challenge

October 5-6, 2013 - Edgewater Hotel

A much anticipated opportunity for new and experienced playwrights to begin, refine or complete a new play during 24 hours of sleep deprivation, coffee and inspiration.

24 Hour Playwriting Cabaret

November 9, 2013 - Yukon Inn Fireside Room, 7 pm

At the popular 24 Hour Cabaret, audiences will see scenes created at the recent 24 Hour Playwriting Challenge, and the jury’s decisions will be announced.  Prizes for audiences and playwrights!

Pivot Theatre Festival

January 20-26, 2014 - Yukon Arts Centre, Old Fire Hall

Presented with the Yukon Arts Centre

Nakai Theatre’s Pivot Festival, presented with the Yukon Arts Centre, is Whitehorse’s contribution to Western Canada’s theatre festival culture that includes Vancouver’s PuSH Festival, Edmonton’s Canoe Festival and Calgary’s High Performance Rodeo.  Pivot encourages audiences to re-evaluate their assumptions about the nature of theatre and to think more critically about their relationship to the stage.  Bringing light and illumination to the end of January, Pivot presents new local and national performance.  The festival also hosts workshops, forums and other outreach activities open to the public.


Homegrown Theatre Festival

May 6-11, 2014 - The Guild Hall

We offer a venue, technical support, and training to local playrights and they give us a week of new plays, tracts, scenes, monologues and unusual performances!  Highly popular with local audiences, this fringe-type festival is a critical step in the development of new plays by local playwrights.



June 2014

New local scripts by Nakai’s commissioned artists will be workshopped with internationally-known dramaturge D.D. Kugler


Season Partners:

Air North, Northwestel, Edgewater Hotel, Yukon News and CKRW

Public Supporters:

Canada Council for the Arts, Yukon Arts Operating Fund, Lotteries Yukon, and the Department of Canadian Heritage.

On Stage

Play development