Marie Coderre

Executive and Artistic Director
Marie Coderre has been the Executive and Artistic Director for the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre (NACC) since September 2012. In this position, she is responsible for delivering various artistic performances and related workshops throughout the Northwest Territories. Working in Yellowknife, the regional centers, and small communities in the NWT, she has increased the diversity of presentation, outreach, and mentorship programs.
Before joining NACC, Marie worked for the L’Association franco-culturelle de Yellowknife in Yellowknife from 2010-2012. While at the AFCY, she expanded their reach and initiated several successful festivals and events enjoyed by Francophones and other community members in Yellowknife. Marie worked similarly in Inuvik and Fort Smith, NT, with the Francophone Associations from 2004-2009.
Marie’s leadership style has focused on partnering and working hard to make relevant performing art projects happen. With an eye for artistic expression, a mind for detail, a passion for the performing arts, and her heart in the North, Marie plans to enjoy her position for many years.

Valérie Gamache

Bookkeeper and Administration Manager
Valerie has lived in Yellowknife since 2004 and joined the NACC team in 2022. She brings substantial experience in administrative and financial services, having worked for fifteen years with non-profit organizations, primarily gravitating towards the arts and culture sector. Most recently, she worked at the Down to Earth Gallery and served as the Executive Director of the NorthWords Writers Festival. Valerie loves discovering the world through travel, flavours, and all art forms and letting herself be carried away by the magic of the show.

Kacie Hall

Manager of Operations, Communications, and Front of House
Kacie joined the NACC team in 2023, shortly after graduating from the University of Lethbridge with a B.F.A. in Dramatic Arts with Distinction. She has lived in the North since 2010, and calls Yellowknife home. Kacie is a director, intimacy professional, deviser, actor, dramaturg, and more. In addition to her artistic experience, she has also previously worked as a producer & a theatre administrator. She is excited to bring her knowledge and passion for live performance back to the North with the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre. Kacie is excited to meet patrons and artists alike from across the territory.

Martin Emslander

Technical Director
Martin ‘The Lighting Guy’ has been the Technical Director at NACC since 2001, when he moved north from his hometown of Vancouver, BC. Martin discovered the world of theatre in his 20s and attended the Stage Craft program at Douglas College in New Westminster, BC. He has spent much of his career in live performance spaces as well as working load-ins of live stadium shows – from Pink Floyd to Tom Jones and everything in between. Martin has been a proud member of IATSEn (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) since 1993 as well as CITT (Canadian Institute of Theatre Technicians). He continues to attend the annual rendez-vous conference to keep up to date on the latest technology and practices. Martin is proud to call Yellowknife his home.

Emily Mercredi

(On maternity leave starting January 12, 2024.)
Emily joined the NACC team in 2020. Originally from Edmonton, AB, she moved to Yellowknife for love in 2014. Experience in management, arts, and festival coordination; she is also a proud mom of a toddler, percussionist, and mixed media artist. She loves the arts community in the North and is excited to be part of such a dynamic organization devoted to arts, culture, music, and performance across the Territory. She enjoys working with artists and organizations to further support and promote the arts across the NWT.

  • Leanne Goose (President – Inuvik, NT)
  • Maureen Crotty-Williams (Treasurer – Yellowknife, NT)
  • Carmen Braden (Secretary – Yellowknife, NT)
  • Lynn Canney (Vice President – Fort Simpson, NT)
  • Shandi Hunter (Director – Fort Smith, NT)
  • Shannon Caidler (Director – Norman Wells, NT)
  • Nancy Zimmerman (Director – Yellowknife, NT)
  • Fia Grogono (Director – Yellowknife, NT)