The People of Carousel Theatre for Young People
Carole Higgins, Artistic Director
Carole is in her 14th season as Artistic Director of CTYP. Her many directing credits include 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 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 sits on the Board of Directors for Western Gold Theatre. Carole clearly remembers the magic of seeing her first play at age three.
Aliyah Amarshi, Managing Director
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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Keith Davidson, President
Keith has contributed his time, talent, and energy to Carousel Theatre for Young People (CTYP) since 2009 when he volunteered his services as Assistant Stage Manager for the Lawyer Show annual fundraiser. Actively involved ever since, he is honoured to serve as the current President of the Board of Directors. During the day Keith is a Business Consultant at TELUS, providing insight and intelligence into their entertainment products.
Dorinda Vosilla, Vice-President
Dorinda is the Vice President of Carousel Theatre Board of Directors and has been a board member since 2008. She is the BC Liaison Officer with CADTH and is a Registered Nurse with a specialty in Psychiatry and holds an Advanced Specialty Certificate in Forensic Science Technology, Forensic Crime Studies from BCIT. She is most interested in raising awareness of the arts for young people and has been involved with Carousel’s theatre school for over seven years.
Sean Vanderfluit, Secretary
Sean has been on the CTYP Board since 2009. Called to the bar in 2002, Sean has been a litigator with a large downtown Vancouver law firm, and is now a Review Officer at WorkSafeBC. In addition to his service on the Board, Sean has performed in the Lawyer Show, co-produced by Carousel and Touchstone Theatres, since 2005. Sean and his wife live in Burnaby with their son who is an enthusiastic attendee of CTYP productions and a “Stage Kids” student.
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.
Steve Jones, Director
Steve is currently in his seventh year on the Board of CTYP, and has served as President. He has participated in local theatre, both as a spectator and as a performer. His most enjoyable on-stage experience was performing with the Vancouver TheatreSports League, back in the 90s. Workwise, Steve is an IT trainer at TELUS, where he specializes in Microsoft server technologies. A lifelong Vancouverite, Steve is married and competes in local martial arts tournaments.
Stephen Robertson, Director
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.
Tory Ross, Director
Tory has nearly thirty years’ experience in administration, event management, and communications in both the non-profit and corporate sectors. Currently the Executive Assistant at a commercial property development and management company, Tory has held positions with the Vancouver International Wine Festival, Sport BC, and VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. She has served on the Boards of VanDusen Botanical Garden Association, PAL (Performing Arts Lodge) Vancouver, and the False Creek Community Association. Tory’s hobbies include dragon boat racing and gardening.
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.