Our Team

Marie Coderre

Executive and Artistic Director

Marie Coderre has been in the position of Executive and Artistic Director for the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre (NACC) since September 2012.  In this position she is responsible for delivering a variety of 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 cultural performances enjoyed by northerners. 

Before joining NACC Marie worked for the Francophone Cultural Association in Yellowknife from 2010-2012.  While at the Association she expanded their reach and initiated several successful festivals and events that were enjoyed by francophones and other community members in Yellowknife.  Marie also did similar work in Inuvik, NT, with the Mackenzie Delta Francophone Association from 2007-2009.

Marie’s leadership style has focused on partnering and working hard to make exciting events 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 to come.

Treena Riles

Manager, Finance & Administration

Treena gets great satisfaction from working at NACC and contributing to a supportive, community oriented environment. You'll seldom find her without her signature newfie smile on her face. The eighteen years she has lived in Yellowknife have given her many opportunities to strengthen her connection to the exceptional people that can only be found in the north. She jumps at every chance to expand her skillset, and has grown into her positions as they come, from bookkeeping, onto accounting, and now her roles as administrator, manager, and as an invaluable mentor to up and coming northern artists. Her life at home is enriched by her passion for sewing and fitness, and by her wonderful daughter Jillian. She has seen NACC grow and improve, and is excited to continue broadening our presence into many more northern communities for years to come.

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 attends the annual rendez-vous conference to keep up to date on the latest technology and practices. Martin is proud to call Yellowknife his home. 

Dave Zethof

Event Captain

Dave has been living in Yellowknife for the past five years and loves to be part of the community.  He sits on club committees, plans and coordinates events, and is always willing to volunteer when asked.  Dave likes to keep active indoors and out,  all through the year and can be found playing softball, curling, boating, fishing, camping and snowshoeing in his down time.  Dave has been involved with NACC for the last 3 years and loves helping the Front of House run smoothly for every NACC Season Show and Community Event.  He appreciates all of the amazing talent the North has to offer and is proud to be part of a venue that can showcase such talent for all of Yellowknife to see.

Josh Long

Communications Manager, Graphic Designer and Front of House

As a journalist, Josh Long has worked on stories concerning art, culture and more across the territory for more than five years prior to taking on his role as communications manager, graphic designer and front of house. He became familiar with the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre’s history and mission, and eventually decided to become a part of it!  Prior to his time up here, he graduated with a degree from Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont., and an advanced diploma in journalism from Humber College in Toronto. His passions are graphic novels and all the communities that form this wonderful place we call the Northwest Territories.