Summer Camps

Ages 3-12 years

Our Summer Drama Camps are a great opportunity for children to learn through play. Taking...

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Stage Kids

Ages 3-4 years

Introducing theatre and creative play, through guided storytelling and dress-up drama using our large collection...

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Imagination Station

Ages 5 - 6 years

Story and theme are explored through classic theatre games and exercises. Students learn to express...

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Theatre Journeys

Ages 7 - 8 years

Explore character development, improvisation, and working together as a cast. We introduce script work and...

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Acting Adventures

Ages 9 - 10 years

More complex script work and a taste of the rehearsal process is introduced. No previous...

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Drama Explorations

Ages 11 - 12 years

Building on improvisations and exercises, students develop characters, contribute to the creation of a one-act...

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Eileen Barrett

Lead Instructor

Eileen Barrett

Lead Instructor

Eileen has worked in arts education, with student actors aged 5 to 85, for 30 years.

A graduate of Studio 58, some of Eileen’s recent favourite acting projects include: Twelfth Night (Western Gold), It’s a Wonderful Life (Arts Club), The Duchess (Ruby Slippers), Scratch (Theatre Plexus), Small Parts (Solo Collective), My Mother’s Story (Presentation House), Harvest (Gateway). Eileen can also be seen on large and small screens, most recently in:  Blue Book, The Magicians, the Christmas Makeover, The Convenient Groom, Little Pink House, Hector and the Search for Happiness, Preggoland. She is an audiobook narrator and live audio describer (for theatre-goers with vision loss) with Vocal Eye Descriptive Arts. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Liberal Studies at SFU.

Ian Butcher

Lead Instructor

Ian Butcher

Lead Instructor

In January 2018 Ian performed in his third production with Carousel Theatre for Young People, 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

Laura Jaszcz

Lead Instructor

Laura 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, AlcatrazSupernaturalReaperSecrets of Comfort Housethe 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 .

Victor Mariano

Lead Instructor

Victor Mariano

Lead Instructor

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.

Mike Stack

Teen Shakespeare Program Lead Instructor

Mike Stack

Teen Shakespeare Program Lead Instructor

Mike 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.

Todd Thomson

Lead Instructor

Todd Thomson

Lead Instructor

Since 2001 Todd has performed in ten seasons with Bard on the Beach; during this time, Todd has been a Young Shakespearean teaching artist and has had the opportunity of providing guidance to over 200 young performers about the craft of acting through the exploration of Shakespeare’s plays.  Todd has led workshops in Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Hamletand As You Like It.

As a teaching artist, Todd endeavours to create a fun, safe and respectful environment for participants thrive, learn and grow.

Kayla Dunbar

Teen Shakespeare Program - Associate Instructor

Kayla Dunbar

Teen Shakespeare Program - Associate Instructor

Kayla is an actor, choreographer, emerging director, and the Artistic Associate at CTYP. She made her professional directorial debut last year with The Jungle Book, and her professional writing debut with Good Day & Good Night. Other CTYP shows include: A Charlie Brown Christmas, On My Walk, Go, Dog. Go!, James and the Giant Peach, Dot & Ziggy, Busytown, Seussical, Cat in the Hat, and The Wizard of Oz. She has worked for companies such as The Arts Club, Vancouver Playhouse, City Opera, Famous Artists Limited, Gateway Theatre, Deliquent Theatre, Patrick Street Productions, and more. Kayla is a graduate of Studio 58. kayla was last seen in CTYP’s 2017 production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as Mr. Tumnus.

Shea O’Connor

Associate Instructor

Shea O’Connor

Associate Instructor

Originally from Calgary, Shea is now a Vancouver-based emerging artist. She graduated from the University of Victoria in 2017 with a specialization in acting and then attended the National Voice Intensive in Toronto. She also has extensive training in dance and movement work. Shea has worked assisting the Young Shakespearean Program at Bard on the Beach as part of the Riotous Youth. Recent acting credits include: Kid Viking(Bragi Theatre & Theatre SKAM), Gut GirlsWild HoneyThreepenny Opera (UVic Phoenix Theatre), The Crucible (Langham Court Theatre) It’s a Wonderful Life: Live Radio Play (Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre).

Kelli Ogmundson

Associate Instructor

Kelli Ogmundson

Associate Instructor

Kelli is an actor, singer, and comedian from Vancouver and is so excited to be a part of the CTYP instruction team as she just appeared as Piggie in CTYP’s production of Elephant & Piggie’s We Are In A Play! She recently worked in Arts Club Theatre Company’s production of Fun Home where she earned a Jessie Richardson Award Nomination and an Ovation Award win for Best Supporting Actress. She currently stars as Bryn on the CBC Original Comedy Cavendish. She has been featured on Netflix’s Haters Back Off, CW’s Supernaturaland has voiced multiple ponies on My Little Pony. Kelli is a graduate of Capilano University’s Musical Theatre Program and performs weekly with her comedy group Little Mountain Improv.

Francis Dowlatabadi

Associate Instructor

Francis Dowlatabadi

Associate Instructor

Francis is a Vancouver based actor, and playwright. His recent professional credits include Hello (Theatre Terrific),  Mr. Foote’s Other Leg, Ghosts (United Players), Beauty Queen of Leenane, and In the Next Room (Ensemble Theatre Company). His is one of the founding members of Gas Pedal Productions, a collective dedicated to bringing new female centric work to the stage. Francis also holds a BFA in Acting from UBC where he was awarded the John Emerson Memorial Scholarship for promise in musical theatre.

CJ McGillivray

Associate Instructor

CJ McGillivray

Associate Instructor

CJ 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.