Aliyah Amarshi will be departing from the role of Managing Director of Carousel Theatre for Young People next month to embark on new adventures. She will continue to work with CTYP over the next number of months to facilitate the transition. Aliyah’s leadership will be greatly missed by everyone at CTYP and we wish her all the best on the road ahead.
During her tenure at Carousel Theatre for Young People, Aliyah has played a significant role in building the organization’s operational, facility and human resources capacity. Some of her many highlights with the company during this time include:
- Successfully leading a $365 000 capital campaign for a renovation to CTYP’s creative space in 2014;
- Project managing the renovation, which added a 3rd rehearsal hall, dedicated costume shop, and parent lounge to CTYP’s facility inventory;
- Increasing the human resources capacity of CTYP’s operational team through the creation of two sustainable key staff positions: Education Manager and Development Manager;
- Successfully growing and sustaining the company’s annual budget to exceed 1 million dollars;
- Posting four consecutive annual cash surpluses on the operational budget under each year of her financial leadership with the society;
- Stepping into the role of Auntie in CTYP’s recent production of Anusree Roy’s Sultans of the Street
During her busy time at CTYP Aliyah has also supported the local and international theatre community through her volunteer work as a board member of the GVPTA and PACT, where she chairs the Diversity Committee. She has also sat on peer assessment juries for the BC Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to CTYP and to the amazing theatre community in Canada,” Aliyah says, “It has been a privilege to work with Artistic Director Carole Higgins, from whom I have learned immensely, as well as the CTYP family comprised of the board, staff, artists, and volunteers that work tirelessly to bring exciting and meaningful theatrical experiences to young audiences and families, with open and joyful hearts. It is the start of an exciting new chapter for CTYP and I look forward to continuing to support this incredible organization.”
“Aliyah’s contributions to CTYP have strengthened the company significantly and I will greatly miss working alongside her and collaborating with her,” says Carole Higgins, CTYP’s Artistic Director. “Her business acumen, insight and vision to improve CTYP’s operational systems, along with her steadfast dedication have been an inspiration. I have learned so much from working with Aliyah, and wish her all the best in her future endeavours.”
Stephen Robertson, President of Carousel Theatre Society, states: “Aliyah has played a substantial role in CTYP’s successful operations over the past few years, and has worked hard to make CTYP a better place in her time here. She has improved all of those around her, including her appreciative board of directors. We will miss her commitment and spirit as she departs, but will continue to value her as an ongoing member of the CTYP family. We wish Aliyah well.”
Aliyah leaves CTYP in a strong financial position with an accumulated surplus and two restricted reserve funds. A national search for CTYP’s next Managing Director has begun. The job posting can be found here.