Carousel Theatre for Young People (CTYP) is a gathering place for young people, families and artists to embark on a journey where boundless imagination, a dash of magic and an abundance of play are the recipe for a magical theatrical adventure that has lasting impact. We have been creating theatre for young people since our inception in 1976. Located on Granville Island in the heart of Vancouver, CTYP is Vancouver’s mainstage TYA company.
PLAYFULNESS – ACCESSIBILITY – ARTISTIC INTEGRITY – EMPATHY – MENTORSHIP – COMMUNITY
To empower young people through the magic of theatre.
Young People are not simply audience members at CTYP; they are active participants at the very centre of all that we do.
We stage vibrant stories that engage young people from the beginning of their development, and which challenge them through their formative years, empowering them to become agents of positive change. Our vision: Stages of Play encompasses a full season of theatrical activities that celebrates stories that explore rites of passage on our Family Stage at the Waterfront Theatre, explores Shakespeare’s canon through a contemporary lens every summer with our Teen Shakespeare Stage, and explores original sensory creations for the very young with our BEE Stage.
CTYP’s exuberant year-round drama school teaches young people ages 3-17 to express their creativity and individuality through the theatrical form.
Our playful approach to creation and collaboration, unwavering commitment to outstanding production values and joyful attentiveness to mentoring emerging theatre artists are key principals of our artistic practice. A testament to the artistic quality of the productions we create: CTYP’s pursuit of excellence has been recognized with 95 Jessie nominations and 13 awards in the last ten years.