Creative and Performing Artists

Producers, directors and choreographers oversee the technical and artistic aspects of film, television, radio, dance and theatre productions. Musicians and singers perform with orchestras, opera companies and popular bands in concert halls, lounges, theatres and recording studios, as well as in film and television. Dancers practice and rehearse dance routines with instructors and directors to achieve the desired interpretation and presentation. Dance instructors teach dance technique, cultural origins and the symbolic meanings of native, ethnic and folk dance and artistic interpretation to dancers with a wide range of skills in both amateur and professional troupes. Actors perform in motion pictures, television, theatre and radio productions. Painters, artists and other visual artists create works of art including paintings, drawings, sculpture, etchings and engravings. Often self-employed, some may also work as art instructors and teachers at elementary and high schools or art schools. Art instructors and teachers train students in techniques and methods of drawing, painting, sculpting and other forms of artistic expression.


  • High school diploma.
  • Diploma from a college or technical school, or university undergraduate or graduate degree may be required.

Future Prospects:

These occupations will have little change in employment levels in the future.

Job Prospects

Current Workforce:

Approximately 54.6% of workers in this occupational group are women. About 41.7% of employees working in these occupations live in Yellowknife, 42.6% live in the regional centres of Inuvik, Hay River and Fort Smith and 15.7% live in other communities. About 48.1% are employed in the Information and Cultural Industries industry and 48.1% in the Arts, Entertainment and Recreation sector.