Meet CTYP’s Drama School Faculty

CTYP’s drama school instructors and assistants are professional actors and drama educators.

Faculty for Fall 2017

Steffanie Davis – Instructor and Assistant Instructor

Steffanie DavisSteffanie is thrilled to be a part of the Carousel teaching faculty. She is an alumna of the Capilano Musical Theatre program and receiver of the 2012 Outstanding Newcomer Ovation award. Since attending Capilano she has been busy focusing on her career as an actress. Select theatre credits include: Go, Dog. Go! (Carousel Theatre), Martha in Heathers: The Musical (Frolicking Divas), Kris/Speaker in the world premiere of The Best Laid Plans: a Musical (Touchstone/Patrick Street Productions), Darling (Springboard), Legally Blonde, Titanic: a new musical, Bye Bye Birdie (TUTS), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (FCP), Riverview High (Entrance), Grease (Footlight), Assassins (Pipedream), Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly! (Exit22) and Hair (Renegade). 

Instructor: Drama Explorations I(Saturdays), Imagination Station II (Saturdays), Theatre Journeys II(Sundays), Acting Adventures II(Sundays).

Leslie Dos Remedios – Instructor and Assistant Instructor

Leslie DosRemedios

Leslie is excited to work with the families who have been Carousel audiences in the past! She has appeared in several shows with Carousel Theatre for Young People, including The Jungle BookShakespearean Rhapsody and Wondrous Tales of Old Japan. Other favourite credits include Baking Time (Presentation House Theatre), The Snow Queen (The Globe Theatre), Big Bad (Boca del Lupo) and The King and I (Gateway Theatre). Leslie is a graduate of Studio 58.

Instructor: Teen Scene Study (Sundays)


Kayla Dunbar – Instructor and Assistant Instructor 

Kayla Dunbar 2Kayla is an actor, choreographer, emerging director, and the Artistic Associate at Carousel Theatre for Young People. Last year Kayla made her professional directing debut with  Jungle Book and this year she made her professional writing debut with Good Day & Good Night. Other companies she has worked for include: The Arts Club, Chemainus Theatre Festival, Vancouver Playhouse, City Opera, Zee Zee Theatre, Famous Artists Limited, Gateway Theatre, Studio 58, RCMT, TUTS, Delinquent Theatre, Patrick Street Productions, and many more. Kayla has been teaching dance and theatre all over the lower mainland for 15 years now. She is a graduate of the acting program at Studio 58.

Instructor: Drama Explorations I(Saturdays), Imagination Station II(Saturdays), Teen Company Players (Saturdays), Theatre Journeys II(Sundays), Acting Adventures II(Sundays).


Laura Jaszcz – Instructor and Assistant Instructor

Laura Jaszcz 1Laura is a Vancouver based actress and instructor with 20 years of experience in arts education. She most recently worked as an actress in A Doll’s House at the JAC with Slamming Door Collective and spent the summer with Chemainus Theatre Festival puppeteering and acting the roles of “Auntie Spiker/Ms. Spider” in  James and the Giant Peach. She has performed with CTYP in their productions of  Munscha Mia, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood and Munsch Alley. Other theatre work includes, Gateway Theatre (Brigadoon), Chemainus Theatre Festival (The Wizard of Oz ), and Mad Duck (The Tempest and Titus Andronicus). In film and television, she has worked on Ties That Bind, Flowers in the Attic, Witches of East End, The Haunting Hour, Alcatraz, Supernatural, Reaper, Secrets of Comfort House, the Chris Isaak Show, and various commercials. She plays the ukulele in her spare time and is often in the company of Max the sheltie, her best puppy friend .

Instructor: Stage Kids I,  Imagination Station I, II, Theatre Journeys I, (Saturdays); Stage Kids II, Imagination Station  III & IV, Theatre Journeys II, (Sundays)


Victor Mariano – Instructor and Assistant Instructor

staff-vicVictor is a Vancouver-based actor whose recent professional credits include The Objecthood of Chairs (SFU), House of Kosa (TigerMilk Collective), Banana Boys (Firehall Theatre), Quasimodo Or The Bell Ringer of Paree (Boca del Lupo), Silverwing (Carousel Theatre for Young People), The Soldier’s Tale (Turning Point Ensemble), and Skin (Henry Daniel). Besides teaching at CTYP, Vic is also an acting instructor at Simon Fraser University where he received his BFA in Theatre.

Instructor: Theatre Journeys III (Tuesdays), Stage Kids I (Saturdays), Imagination Station I (Saturdays), Teen Company Players (Saturdays), Drama Explorations II (Sundays), Performance Collective (Sundays).

CJ McGillivray – Assistant Instructor

cj-mcgillivrayCJ McGillivray is an emerging actor, playwright and composer from Vancouver, British Columbia. She loves combining her passion for theatre with the rewarding experience of mentoring young children. Her recent acting credits include On My Walk and Dot and Ziggy (Carousel Theatre), Antigone (Theatre Pandora), Julius Caesar (Two Gentleman of Vancouver) and Pride and Prejudice (EXXIIT). CJ has experience playing a variety of instruments including the ukulele, piano, oboe, harmonica, flute, xylophone and melodion. She loves composing music for young audiences and writing whimsical folk songs in her spare time.

Instructor: Theatre Journeys I (Saturdays), Acting Adventures I(Saturdays), Stage Kids II, Imagination Station III, Teen Scene Study, Performance Collective (Sundays).

 Marcie Nestman – Instructor

Marcie NestmanMarcie Nestman is an actor, voice-over actor, and theatre instructor—and recently made her debut as a playwright with On My Walk, which was co-written with Kari-Lynn Winters, and performed at Carousel Theatre on the Bee Stage. Marcie is a graduate from the Theatre Arts Performance Conservatory at Mount Royal University in Calgary, and continued her studies at The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. She has appeared in numerous TV commercials, Film, TV, and theatre productions, and other projects. Marcie also specializes in teaching workshops for young actors and writers including the Mount Royal University Summer Camp, Carousel Theatre, CWC Camps in Korea, the Write It, Read It camp for the Whistler Public Library, and as artist-in-residence in Thailand.

Instructor: Drama Explorations  I(Saturdays), Performance Ensemble, Acting Adventures I(Saturdays)


Mike Stack – Lead Instructor, Teen Shakespeare Program

Mike StackMike has been involved with Carousel Theatre for Young People for numerous years as an actor, director and teacher.  He is currently the Head Instructor for the Teen Shakespeare Program, recently directed Wondrous Tales of Old Japan, and performed in The Cat in the Hat and The Wizard of Oz.  His extensive work with youth includes many years with Theatre Temp at Templeton Secondary, Shakespeare workshops throughout the Lower Mainland Homelearning community, and the Young Shakespeareans Program at Bard on the Beach.  Mike is a graduate of the Studio 58 Professional Theatre Training Program at Langara College.

Lead Instructor: The Teen Shakespeare Program

Anais West – Assistant Instructor

anais-westAnais feels so privileged to be able to inspire the next generation of theatre-makers through Carousel’s drama schools. As an assistant instructor, she has taught Shakespeare Camps at the Surrey Arts Centre. When she is not instructing, Anais works as an actor and playwright. Acting credits include: August: Osage County (Arts Club), Kosmic Mambo and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Studio 58), Shakespearean Rhapsody (Carousel), and Dry Land (Rumble Theatre). She’s had readings of her plays Gunpowder Girls  (Playwright’s Theatre Centre) and Kill Your Lovers (PLUNGE Festival.) She is also part of the Wet Ink Collective for female playwrights.

Instructor: Theatre Journeys III(Tuesdays), Performance Ensemble (Saturdays), Imagination Station IV(Sundays),  Drama Explorations II(Sundays), Acting Adventures II (Sundays).

Teaching Faculty

Dustin Freeland – Assistant Instructor

IMG_9892Dustin is thrilled and honoured to be a part of CTYP’s drama school faculty! A longtime admirer of Carousel Theatre for Young People, Dustin had the privilege of being a part Carousel’s production of Richard Scarry’s Busytown, which won the Jessie Richardson Theatre award for Outstanding Production. He also appeared in CTYP’s Dot and Ziggy and Go, Dog. Go! In addition to performing at Bard on the Beach for two seasons, Dustin has also enjoyed teaching and assisting young artists at Bard on the Beach’s Young Shakespeareans program. Dustin is a graduate of the Studio 58.


Janet Gigliotti – Assistant Instructor

Janet Gigliotti-01Janet has loved performing with CTYP in both A Year With Frog and Toad and as Glinda in The Wizard of Oz.  She has appeared onstage at the Arts Club – Godspell, A Christmas Story, Les Miserables, with Mirvish Productions Toronto in Mamma Mia!, at The Chemainus Theatre Festival in Guys and Dolls and Buddy Holly, at the Globe Theatre in My Way, at Western Canada Theatre in Seussical, and many other theatres in various parts of the country!  She is an actor, voice over artist, singer, and ballroom dancer. With an MA in Leadership in Education, she spent many years teaching at Centennial Secondary and Montgomery in School District #43 prior to pursuing a theatre career and loves the opportunity to once again be working with young people.

Mike Gill – Assistant Instructor

GillMost recently seen as the Purple MC Dog in Carousel’s production of Go, Dog. Go! Mike is excited for the opportunity to teach with this company. A graduate of Studio 58, his primary work is as an actor. In the past, Mike has worked for the Canadian Improv Games and Improv Camp as an instructor and The Globe Theatre in Regina as a teacher of acting, movement, and physical theatre. He is thrilled about the power of teaching the arts to youth, not just for performance aspects, but in how it can shape and grow indivudals in all aspects of life. He thanks Carousel Theatre, and the the instructors that he works with.


Steven Greenfield – Assistant Instructor


Steven joined Carousel Theatre for Young People’s drama school faculty in 2016. Some of his many acting and musical theatre credits include James and the Giant PeachBusytownThe Wizard of OzThe Lawyer Show—A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Seussical for CTYP and Gunmetal Blues (Globe Theatre), Bemused (Theatre North West), ‘Fiddler on the Roof (Western Canada Theatre and Chemainus Theatre Festival), Ordinary Days (Relephant Theatre), The Spitfire Grill (Pacific Theatre), ‘Thomas Andrews’ in Titanic (TUTS), ‘Moist’ in Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (Broadway West Productions/Relephant Theatre), ‘Orsino’ in Twelfth Night (Project X). He has also worked as a Music Director for Red Rock Diner (Arts Club Theatre Company), Darling (Springboard Theatre Productions), Waiting for the Parade (Thousand Islands Playhouse/Western Canada Theatre), The Spitfire Grill (Pacific Theatre), Edges (Streamlight Productions).  Steven is a Jessie Award winner and seven-time nominee. OVATION! Award winner and three-time nominee and a graduate of Grant MacEwan College Theatre.

Lauren Jackson – Assistant Instructor

Lauren JacksonLauren Jackson grew up in Burlington, Ontario with a lot of energy and a love for the stage.  Watching some of Canada’s finest in the Stratford and Shaw festivals, Lauren developed an interest in pursuing a career in theatre. She obtained a Theatre and English degree from Queen’s University and then was accepted into Studio 58 in Vancouver. She fed her passion with physical theatre, playwrighting, voice and movement. Since graduating in 2014, Lauren has been a part of two Canadian tours of Extra-Céleste (Celestial Being) with Théâtre la Seizième  and Greenthumb Theatre receiving two Jessie Awards for her portrayal. She is over the moon excited to be a part of the Carousel team! 


Kayvon Khoshkam – Instructor


Kayvon was born and raised in Saskatoon, SK. He is a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts with a focus on playwriting. He also studied at Dalhousie University and the University of Saskatchewan. Kayvon has worked professionally in Vancouver, and across the country for the last seven years. He has been teaching and working with youth during those same seven years, including the Young Shakespearean Program (Bard on the Beach), and Gateway Theatre Academy. In 2015 Kayvon was a member of the The National Arts Centre English Theatre acting ensemble. He is a four time Jessie Richardson Theatre Award nominee, and one of those nominations was garnered from his work with Carousel Theatre for Young People. Kayvon has been in three productions with Carousel. As of this year, Kayvon is now the new Artistic Director of Speakeasy Theatre in Vancouver.

Alexandra Lainfiesta – Assistant Instructor


Alexandra grew up in Guatemala where she fostered her love and passion for dance, singing, and theatre. She started teaching dance (tap and jazz)  in her home country at the age of fifteen. Later on, in 2010 Alexandra took over as her school’s drama instructor until moving to Canada in September of that year. Since 2013, Alexandra has been working professionally in Victoria, Vancouver, and Toronto stages. She is thrilled to have had her first Carousel Theatre contract this year with Go, Dog, Go! and to join the CTYP Drama school faculty. She is a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts and Studio 58 Acting Program, where upon graduation in 2015, Alexandra was awarded the Sidney J. Risk Foundation Acting Award.

Sereana Malani – Assistant Instructor


Melissa Oei – Assistant Instructor

Melissa is a theatre actor and instructor for young people.  She has trMelissa Oei croppedained at Studio 58, Langara Film Arts, Capilano University, the Banff Centre and Canada’s National Voice Intensive.  She has performed with many theatre companies including Arts Club, Citadel Theatre, Theatre North West, TUTS, United Players, Kaleidoscope Theatre, and Caravan Stage Company.  For CTYP she has appeared in Love You Forever, Aesop’s Fables, Arthur Boy King, and Seussical.  She loves assisting and teaching with CTYP’s drama school classes.

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