Stage Kids

Ages 3-4 years

This is where it all begins!  In this playful and welcoming class, our youngest students...

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Theatre Journeys

Ages 7 - 8 years

Ready to start the next “stage” of acting? In Theatre Journeys, students will translate their...

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Acting Adventures

Ages 9 - 10 years

In this adventurous class, students are encouraged to share big ideas and bold choices while...

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Drama Explorations

Ages 11 - 12 years

This spirited and exploratory class explores more focused theatre training for growing pre-teen actors. Building on physical work,...

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Teen Company Players

Ages 13 - 17 years

This exciting and challenging class features skill-building that will move maturing teen actors towards the refinement...

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Camryn Chew

Assistant Instructor, Theatre Journeys & Acting Adventures

Camryn Chew

Assistant Instructor, Theatre Journeys & Acting Adventures

Camryn (she/they) is an emerging actor, writer, director, poet, arts administrator, and
educator as well as a 2020 graduate of Capilano University’s Acting for Stage and
Screen program. She is currently the Co-Artistic Director of Coffeehouse Theatre
Society, an emerging theatre company which aims to provide opportunities for youth
artists. Camryn’s past acting credits include Lady Macbeth in Macbeth (CapU
Theatre), Mercurius in Amphitruo (United Players), and Lady Windermere in Lady
Windermere’s Fan (TIC Online). Camryn is incredibly happy and grateful to be a part
of Carousel Theatre’s Drama School!

Valeria Ascolese

Assistant Instructor, Stake Kids & Imagination Station

Valeria Ascolese

Assistant Instructor, Stake Kids & Imagination Station

Valeria is a Peruvian-Italian multidisciplinary artist and educator born in Lima, Peru. A graduate of Capilano University, she has collaborated with theatre companies like Rumble Theatre, Bard on the Beach and Pacific Theatre, while simultaneously working in film and TV. She is a Preschool Drama Instructor at Lights Up Musical Theatre Schools and the Communications and Outreach Coordinator at the Canadian Latinx Theatre Artist Coalition (CALTAC). Valeria is very passionate about teaching storytelling in all its forms and prioritizes creating a safe space for all students to express themselves in their work. She is so happy to be part of Carousel Theatre for Young People’s Drama School!

Santana Berryman

Lead Instructor, Theatre Journeys & Acting Adventures

Santana Berryman

Lead Instructor, Theatre Journeys & Acting Adventures

Santana is a Vancouver-based actor and emerging director from Whitehorse, Yukon. A graduate of Cap U’s Acting for Stage and Screen program, Santana also holds a TEFL – Performance and Play certification from Educo Italia. Selected theatre credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Peter and the Starcatcher (Cap U Theatre), The Book of Esther and The Shape of Things (The Guild Hall), and a Canada-wide premiere tour of Map of The Land, Map of the Stars (Gwaandak Theatre). Her background is in directing Theatre for Young Audiences, with credits including Where the Wild Things Are and Alice in Puppetland (Heart of Riverdale). More recently, she directed Society of Transformative Zoology (IGNITE! Youth-Driven Arts Festival) and co-directed The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant (Vancouver Fringe).

Ian Butcher

Lead Instructor, Drama Explorations & Teen Company Players

Ian Butcher

Lead Instructor, Drama Explorations & Teen Company Players

Ian performed in his third production with Carousel Theatre in 2018, playing Aslan in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Ian has completed nine seasons at Bard on the Beach and has worked extensively throughout Europe and Canada. A graduate of Studio 58, selected theatre credits: Dracula (Chemainus), The Sound of Music (Gateway), Robin Hood (Carousel), Coriolanus (Coriolanus Co-Op). Film/TV: Supergirl,Impastor, Motive, Arctic Air, Robocop, Almost Human, Once Upon A Time, The Killing Game, Supernatural, Stargate Lead Universe, Stargate SG-1. Ian was last seen on CTYP’s 2017 production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as Aslan

Laura Jaszcz

Lead Instructor, Stake Kids & Imagination Station

Laura Jaszcz

Lead Instructor, Stake Kids & Imagination Station

Laura is a Vancouver based actress and instructor with 20 years of experience in arts education. She most recently worked as an actress in Flare Path with Slamming Door Collective. 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 James and the Giant Peach), 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, AlcatrazSupernaturalReaperSecrets of Comfort Housethe Chris Isaak Show, and various commercials. Most recently, Laura has appeared in The Story of Us for Hallmark and The Flash for CW. She plays the ukulele in her spare time and is often in the company of Max the Sheltie, her best puppy friend.

Victor Mariano

Assistant Instructor, Drama Explorations & Teen Company Players

Victor Mariano

Assistant Instructor, Drama Explorations & Teen Company Players

Victor 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. Vic was last seen in CTYP’s 2018 production of The Velveteen Rabbit.