The People of Carousel Theatre for Young People
Carole Higgins, Artistic Director
Carole is in her 13th season as Artistic Director of CTYP. Her many directing credits include The Cat in the Hat, The Wizard of Oz, Birdbrain, A Year with Frog and Toad, Love You Forever…, Seussical, Silverwing, The Big League, Peter Pan and many other plays for Carousel Theatre for Young People, and the hockey comedy ‘Nucklehead Fever for Western Canada Theatre and TheatreOne. She also heads the faculty of CTYP’s Teen Shakespeare Program each summer. Over the years, her directing work has been honoured with two Jessie Awards and six nominations. Prior to becoming Artistic Director of CTYP, she played in regional theatres across British Columbia,including Western Canada Theatre, the Caravan Farm Theatre, TheatreOne and CTYP, where she made her professional debut in The Diary of Anne Frank in 1994. Carole has also served as a guest faculty member at Arts Umbrella, on audition panels for the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance and Studio 58 and as a guest lecturer on Theatre for Young Audiences at the University of the Fraser Valley. She also sits on the Board of Directors for Western Gold Theatre. She clearly remembers the magic of seeing her first play at age three.
Aliyah Amarshi, General Manager
As a child growing up in Vancouver, Aliyah fondly remembers watching Carousel Theatre for Young People productions and seeing stories come to life on stage. She is fortunate to now be a part of this incredible organization that ignites the imaginations of the young and young at heart. Aliyah is an MBA graduate from the Sauder School of Business at UBC and combines this business knowledge with a life-long passion for the performing arts. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance and advises on special projects for the Arts & Culture Portfolio of the Ismaili Council of BC.
Monique Pearson, Operations Manager
Since graduating from high school in Squamish, Monique has received her Technical Theatre Diploma from Vancouver Island University and her Arts and Entertainment Management Certificate from Capilano University. It is thanks to this program that Monique landed a job with the fabulous Carousel Theatre for Young People. She is thrilled be a part of the CTYP team and to continue expanding her knowledge in the wonderful world of theatre administration!
Katia Tynan, Community Engagement Manager
With a life-long passion for the arts, Katia is thrilled to be joining the Carousel family. She truly loves the creativity and magic of theatre, and is looking forward to witnessing Carousel transform and inspire young people. As UBC and BCIT graduate, Katia has been working in the non-profit sector for 6 years and is passionate about volunteerism and community engagement. Outside of work and her own volunteer commitments, you can find her learning to play the ukulele, going for bike rides, fishing, and learning about bees.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Keith Davidson, President
Dorinda Vosilla, Vice-President
Sean Vanderfluit, Secretary
Kathie Schwaia, Treasurer
Steve Jones, Director
Stephen Robertson, Director
Tory Ross, Director
Fila Testini, Director