Rose Butch

Instructor, Drag Camp

Rose Butch

Instructor, Drag Camp

Rose Butch (they/them) is not a king or a queen, but a Non-Binary Drag Thing whose style and sensibility follows the pursuit of gender euphoria. After flourishing into the East Van drag scene in 2014 with their playful and theatrically-informed drag, Rose has won crowns in bar pageants, was the recipient of the first non-binary title in the International Court System through the Dogwood Monarchist Society in 2017, and is the subject of an episode in season 3 of CBC’s web doc series Canada’s A Drag.

Deedee LaCraze

Instructor, Drag Camp

Deedee LaCraze

Instructor, Drag Camp

Jarred Stephen Meek (he/him) is a queer multidisciplinary artist based in Vancouver on the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. A graduate of the acting program at Studio 58, Jarred works as an actor in film and TV. You may have seen him in Woke (Hulu/ FX) and A Million Little Things (ABC). Some of his favourite theatre credits include Charlie Brown in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown! (Bumbershoot Theatre), Phillip Gove in Ain’t: The Musical (Studio 58), and more. As a playwright, Jarred’s play A Life Sentence was a part of Fourplay 2020 at Studio 58 but was cancelled just over a week from opening due to the pandemic. Under his drag persona Deedee LaCraze (she/they), they have hosted and performed in Kelowna and Vancouver for over 6 years. You can catch Deedee making her film debut in the upcoming short film Stay (King Louie Films) this fall.

Toddy

Instructor, Drag Camp

Toddy

Instructor, Drag Camp

Toddy (they/she/he) is a high-energy drag performer, stand-up comedian, and singer-songwriter. They were recently crowned the winner of OutTV’s new drag reality show, Call Me Mother. They have been featured at many comedy festivals including Just for Laughs Vancouver, Montreal, and Toronto, the Portland Queer Comedy Festival, and CBCLOL. Trained as an opera singer, Toddy often finds themselves at the intersection of classical music and pop culture. Toddy is releasing both comedy and music albums in early 2023! They are your favourite shrill icon!

Karmella Barr

Instructor, Drag Camp

Karmella Barr

Instructor, Drag Camp

Karmella Barr Is Vancouver’s very own sweet chocolate treat. They had an interest in theatre and entertainment starting at a very young age. This love for entertainment and theatre has lead Karmella to the wonderful world of drag! Karmella has been doing drag in Vancouver for 7 years and counting. In their shows, they are seen as an incredibly personable queen known for the amazing balance of emotion and glamour that they bring to their performances. This amazing balance earned them the title of “Miss Congeniality” in 2016 and then eventually, Miss Cobalt 6 in 2017.

Anahita Monfared

Associate Instructor, Improv Camp

Anahita Monfared

Associate Instructor, Improv Camp

Anahita (they/she) is a queer and Iranian actor, writer, and spoken word poet. Recent theatre credits include: The Indiscreet Toys (ETW) and A Giving Tree (Playwright Horizons). They are currently the Artistic Production Intern at Neworld Theatre, a part of Frank Theatre’s Telling It Bent Cohort, and the Arts Club’s LEAP Playwriting Intensive. Passionate about creating the perfect playlist for every occasion and a proud cat mom, Anahita was the former Youth Assistant Acting Instructor at First Step Actors’ Workshop, and is so excited to be an Associate Instructor at Carousel Theatre this summer! They are studying Theatre with a minor in Psychology at New York University.

Jordy Matheson

Lead Instructor, Improv Camp

Jordy Matheson

Lead Instructor, Improv Camp

Jordy is a performer, writer, improviser, and educator. He is a graduate of the Acting program at Douglas College and a UBC graduate with a BA Major in Theatre Studies and a Minor in History. He has had plays presented independently as well as through LEAP and the Pull Festival. With Zee Zee Theatre, he has produced Human Library and Virtual Humanity. He is also an active member of the Vancouver improv community performing with QueerProv, Instant Theatre, Little Mountain Improv, Uncle Janes, and others. He has taught acting for the City of Delta since 2014 and the City of Surrey since 2019. He has a shirt with sloths on it which he likes to wear when making up silly dances.

Katherine Matlashewski

Associate Instructor, Stage Kids & Imagination Station

Katherine Matlashewski

Associate Instructor, Stage Kids & Imagination Station

Katherine (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist and a recent graduate of Studio 58. Based in Vancouver, BC, she is privileged to live, work, and create on the traditional and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Having instructed at Arts Umbrella, Lights Up, and Crossmaneuver, she is excited to continue sharing her passion for the arts with children and youth at CTYP! Prior to attending Studio 58, Katherine developed a strong foundation in musical theatre. She trained with the Arts Club Senior Musical Theatre Intensive and the Arts Umbrella Pre-Professional Musical Theatre Troupe. Select credits include: Everyone Loves a Mystery, The Rocky Horror Show, Cerulean Blue, Tomorrow Love (Studio 58), East Van Panto: Alice in Wonderland (Theatre Replacement), King Arthur’s Court (Metro Theatre), The Fantasticks (Stage 43), and Into The Woods: In Concert (RCMT). Like Ms. Frizzle, Katherine encourages her students to, “Take chances, make mistakes, and get messy!”

Ashley Chodat

Associate Instructor, Theatre Journeys & Acting Adventures

Ashley Chodat

Associate Instructor, Theatre Journeys & Acting Adventures

Ashley (she/her) is so excited to join the Carousel Theatre team! As a theatre artist and educator, she has been fortunate to collaborate with companies across Canada like Bard on the Beach, Theatre SKAM, Arts Umbrella, The Cultch, Theatre Inconnu, Staircase Theatre, Embrace Arts, Young People’s Theatre (Toronto) and the Vancouver Fringe Festival. Ashley holds a diploma in Theatre Performance from Douglas College and is working towards her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Applied Theatre/Creative Writing at UVic. Ashley is passionate about using theatre for education and social change. She is eager to collaborate with emerging artists, and provide a safe and supportive space for creative exploration.

Camryn Chew

Associate Instructor, Drama Explorations, Teen Company Players & Drama Camp

Camryn Chew

Associate Instructor, Drama Explorations, Teen Company Players & Drama Camp

Camryn (she/they) is an emerging actor, writer, director, poet, and educator, as well as a 2020 graduate of Capilano University’s Acting for Stage and Screen program. Camryn will be furthering her teaching and artistic practice in Summer 2022 with Bard on the Beach as part of the Riotous Youth internship. 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). Her play, Sometimes I Feel Like I’m Not Even Me, has been featured in the Or Festival, Festival Dionysia, and the Scripps Onstream Play Festival based in San Diego. Camryn is so happy and grateful to be a part of Carousel Theatre’s Drama School!

Leslie Dos Remedios

Lead Instructor, Shakespeare Intensive

Leslie Dos Remedios

Lead Instructor, Shakespeare Intensive

Originally from Tkaronto (aka Toronto), Leslie (she/they) is a graduate of York University (2008) and Studio 58 (2012). She’s currently working as the Artistic Associate Intern with Green Thumb Theatre this season and looks forward to directing For Now in their 2022/23 season. She is passionate about creating work for young audiences and being an educator with Carousel Theatre is a hugely cherished part of that work. Recent theatre credits include Sarah in Lights (Touchstone Theatre), Jane in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, Sam in Thanks for Giving (Arts Club), and Bap in Baking Time (Presentation House Theatre).

Emily Schoen

Lead Instructor, Drama Camp; Associate Instructor, Superhero Camp

Emily Schoen

Lead Instructor, Drama Camp; Associate Instructor, Superhero Camp

Emily is a Vancouver-based emerging actor, playwright, and improviser. Originally from Alberta, Emily holds a BFA in Drama Performance from the University of Lethbridge where she graduated with Great Distinction. Emily has been working as a drama instructor for over 8 years and she has been with Carousel Theatre since 2019. In addition, she has worked at Pumphouse Theatre, Storybook Theatre, Trickster Theatre, and Body Image Education Theatre. Emily has been an active member of the improv community in Calgary (The Kinkonauts) and Vancouver (Blind Tiger Comedy and Tightrope Theatre). Theatre credits include Helen (Sage Theatre), Under My Skin (Body Image Education Theatre), and All That’s Left (Sage Theatre). Film credits include The Good Doctor (ABC), Yellowjackets (Showtime) and The Flash (The CW).

Eileen Barrett

Lead Instructor, Drama Explorations & Teen Company Players; Associate Instructor, Drama Camp

Eileen Barrett

Lead Instructor, Drama Explorations & Teen Company Players; Associate Instructor, Drama Camp

Eileen (she/her) has worked in arts education with student actors ages 5 to 85 for 35 years. A graduate of Studio 58, Eileen has been in a bunch of plays for a bunch of theatre companies across Canada and has had the privilege of touring internationally with some of them. She also has great fun working in TV and in films, is an audiobook narrator, and loves being a live audio describer (for blind and low-vision theatre-goers) with Vocal Eye Descriptive Arts. She holds an M.A. in Liberal Studies from Simon Fraser University.

Laura Jaszcz

Lead Instructor, Stage Kids & Imagination Station

Laura Jaszcz

Lead Instructor, Stage Kids & Imagination Station

Laura (she/her) 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

Lead Instructor, Theatre Journeys, Acting Adventures, Drama Camp & Superhero Camp

Victor Mariano

Lead Instructor, Theatre Journeys, Acting Adventures, Drama Camp & Superhero Camp

Victor (he/him) is a Vancouver-based theatre artist with a focus on physical theatre and work for young audiences. Recent and favourite stage credits include The House at Pooh Corner and The Velveteen Rabbit (Carousel Theatre for Young People), Reverberations (Reverberations Collective), Suddenly Slaughter (The Biting School), and Die Hard: The Musical-ish (District 13 Presents). Besides teaching at CTYP since 2008, Vic has also taught at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and the School for the Contemporary Arts (Simon Fraser University), where he received his BFA in Theatre Performance.