The People of CTYP
Carole Higgins, Artistic Director
Carole is in her 15th season as Artistic Director of CTYP. Her many directing credits include Dot and Ziggy, James and the Giant Peach, Busytown, The Cat in the Hat, The Wizard of Oz, Birdbrain, A Year with Frog and Toad, Love You Forever…, Seussical The Big League, Peter Pan and many more plays for Carousel Theatre for Young People, and the hockey comedy ‘Nucklehead Fever for Western Canada Theatre and TheatreOne. 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 as an actor 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 and Theatre at UBC, 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. Carole clearly remembers the magic of seeing her first play at age three.
Jessica Mann Gutteridge, Managing Director
Jessica joined Carousel Theatre for Young People in 2015 as Education Manager, after having begun as a volunteer for CTYP. She serves as dramaturg for CTYP’s new play development programs, including works for very young audiences on The BEE Stage. She received her MFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from the Yale School of Drama and studied directing at Wesleyan University. A native New Yorker, Jessica returned to the theatre after nearly two decades as a lawyer specializing in intellectual property. At Columbia Law School, she was Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia-VLA Journal of Law and the Arts. Her nonprofit board work has included serving as Co-President of the Board of Landmark on Main Street, a community arts centre in Port Washington, NY, and the board of Bayview Treehouse Preschool in Vancouver. She lives in Vancouver with her husband, Corin, and their three sons.
Board of Directors
Stephen Robertson, President
Stephen is a partner in the Securities and Capital Markets Group at the law firm Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, where his practice focuses on advising clients with respect to securities and investment management industry matters. Stephen also has an affinity for the stage, having performed in the Lawyer Show’s productions of Spamalot, Guys & Dolls, A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum, and As You Like It.
Kathie Schwaia, Treasurer
Kathie is a Certified General Accountant providing accounting services to small businesses. A Board Member of Carousel Theatre for Young People since 1982, Kathie has also served on the Board of The Mavor Moore Theatre Society since 2001. Other organizations she supports are Face the World Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Vancouver Symphony, the Arts Club and the Metro Theatre. For fun Kathie takes Zoomba dance classes and enjoys great adventures with Brady in unexplored dog parks.
Fila Testini, Director
Fila was born in Italy and immigrated to Canada in 1969. With a certificate in Business Administration from Capilano College, her background includes finance, time management, leadership, event planning, health care, and food industry management. A volunteer in the arts community since 2002, Fila has been a strong supporter of Patrick Street Productions, Douglas Ballet Academy, and Theatre Under the Stars. Fila believes in being a strong role model for her two children who share her passion for musical theatre.
Tanja Dixon-Warren, Director
Tanja has been working as a freelance actor, producer, director, teacher and mentor for over 28 years. She is the Managing Producer of Full Circle: First Nations Performance (Talking Stick Festival) and the Artistic Producer / Co-Founder of Hoarse Raven Theatre. An active member of the community, with a long history of mentoring emerging artists and arts administrators, Tanja served for 15 years on the board of the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance (GVPTA). She has also served as a board member with Quintessence Musical Theatre Projects, First Vancouver Theatrespace Society (Vancouver Fringe Festival) and was a Jury Member for the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards. Tanja has been recognized with numerous awards and nominations for her achievements in performing, producing, and business.