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 excited to now be a part of this incredible organization that continues to create imaginative, inspiring and enlightening experiences that expose the young and young at heart to the magic of live theatre. 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, Administrative Coordinator
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!
Kazandra Pangilinan, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator
Kazandra is very excited to be part of the wonderful team at Carousel Theatre for Young People! Theatre and music have always been a big part of her life and so she couldn’t happier to be working in an industry she loves. In May, Kazandra will graduate from the UBC Sauder School of Business with a marketing degree. In her spare time, she enjoys eating freshly baked cookies, watching movies and cheering for the Vancouver Canucks!
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.
Tony DeMatteis, Administrative Intern
As a former young person himself (and current young person at heart), Tony is delighted to be part of Carousel Theatre for Young People. Since receiving his Theatre Degree from Acadia University, in his home province of Nova Scotia, he has strived to contribute to the arts community. He has performed numerous times around metro Vancouver in everything from Shakespeare to Panto. He is currently completing his Arts and Entertainment Management Certificate from Capilano University and over the fall he worked on the administration team at Axis Theatre Company.
Ashley Noyes, Production Coordinator (seasonal)
Ashley is thrilled to be working with the wonderful Carousel Theatre for Young People team. A graduate of Theatre at UBC, she loves the technical side of theatre and is always happy to help organize and dabble in all behind the scenes aspects of this world. From spreadsheets to managing inventory to props building, she is excited to contribute to this organization and is looking forward to learning more about theatre production!
Darryl Milot, Head of Wardrobe (seasonal)
Darryl began his career in constructing and designing clothing in 1996. After a few years on the fashion side, he became extremely interested in the challenges of theatre costuming. He was the Head of Wardrobe at the Arts Club Theatre Company for 8 years before deciding to share his talents with smaller companies. Darryl has been Head of Wardrobe for CTYP since 2011, and has spent the last 3 seasons building fantastical and extremely creative costumes. He also works with Mortal Coil Performance Society every year to create the costumes for the Stanley Park Ghost Train. He has been nominated for two Jessie Awards, one for Costume Design for Poster Boys (ACT) and a special nomination for Outstanding Artistic Achievement TYA – Costume Construction for the 2012/2013 CTYP season.
Al Frisk, Technical Director (seasonal)
Al has been TD at CTYP since 2006. In addition to his work at CTYP, he also builds sets for Greenthumb Theatre. Al is a founding partner of Scene Ideas, which does a variety of scenic projects, including lots of cool things for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Some recent jobs include the Times of India Film Awards, Michael Buble’s Home For The Holidays and Rick Hansen’s Celebration 25 benefit concert. Prior to this, he worked in film building all kinds of things, including space ships. Some of his work can be seen in Battlestar Galactica, The Fantastic Four, and Sandlot 2. Al has also designed several sets for CTYP including Arthur: Boy King, Pharaoh Serket, Robin Hood, and The Odyssey and recently designed the set for Jack & The Bean for Presentation House. He has received four Jessie nominations and shares one Jessie Award for Outstanding Design Team with Jeff Harrison, Yulia Shtern, Jeff Tymoschuk and Heidi Wilkinson. www.sceneideas.ca
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