Dave Deveau

Co-Artistic & Managing Director

Dave Deveau

Co-Artistic & Managing Director

Dave (he/him) is a playwright and producer who has dedicated his life to developing intelligent, theatrical plays for young people that foster conversation. His plays for young audiences include Out in the Open, tagged (Dora nominated), Celestial Being (Jessie nominated) for Green Thumb Theatre, and Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls (Dora nominated) for Roseneath Theatre. His work has been produced across North America, as well as Israel, Poland, Ireland, and Germany. He is also the Associate Artistic Director of Zee Zee Theatre, a Vancouver-based theatre company that amplifies voices from the margins with a focus on LGBTQ2S+ work.

Jennica Grienke

Co-Artistic & Managing Director

Jennica Grienke

Co-Artistic & Managing Director

Jennica (she/her) is joining Carousel Theatre after working professionally as an actor, producer, and director with TYA companies across the country and four years as an Artistic Associate at Persephone Theatre. She has studied at both the University of Winnipeg, where she graduated with Honours in Performance, and the Studio 58 acting conservatory in Vancouver. Since her graduation in 2012, Jennica has toured extensively with Green Thumb Theatre, Quest Theatre (Calgary), and as a solo performer in her pieces This Time I Get What I Want and An Inheritance, which was published in 2013 and featured in the Sarasvati Transformative 2014 Winnipeg FemFest. A recent career highlight includes directing Jabber and For Arts Sake for Persephone. Jennica is ecstatic to bring her passion for creating magical experiences for young people through the power of theatre to CTYP.

Lisa Gemino

Production & Facilities Manager

Lisa Gemino

Production & Facilities Manager

Lisa Gemino (She/Her) is returning to her theatre roots after many years in film production and emergency services logistics support while located on the stolen land of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) & sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. Her artistic energy is directed towards prose and non-fiction writing and her practical skills will be focussed on supporting and uplifting the work of the staff, performers, artists, students and audience members who engage with Carousel Theatre on any level.

Hartley Reed Schuyler

Outreach & Communications Coordinator

Hartley Reed Schuyler

Outreach & Communications Coordinator

Hartley (they/he) is a queer/trans-genderfluid and Mad/disabled interdisciplinary artist and advocate located on the stolen lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) & sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. Within the label of artist, they find home in many facets of performance art, including theatre, dance, playwriting, and lighting design. After wrapping up a History Degree focused on science and technology, as well as queer and disabled storytelling, from McMaster University, Hartley currently works as a performer and organizer. He is so excited to join Carousel as their Outreach and Communications Coordinator , and continue to uplift young artists and communities who have been systemically excluded from performing arts spaces.

Mikaela Sanders

Box Office & Rentals Coordinator

Mikaela Sanders

Box Office & Rentals Coordinator

Shea Heatherington

Education Coordinator

Shea Heatherington

Education Coordinator

Shea (she/her) leads with compassion and community in all of her directing, producing, administrative and creative work. During her time in Calgary, Shea had the opportunity to work as a theatre educator at Quest Theatre, Trickster Theatre, and Calgary Young People’s Theatre! She was the Artistic Associate at Verb Theatre for three years where she associate directed A More Sparkling Version of Ourselves (Verb Theatre) and co-produced Bliss [the birthday party play] at the High Performance Rodeo. Shea is passionate about uplifting queer voices, collaboration, and workshopping new scripts. Shea has worked with theatre, dance and children throughout her life and she is so thrilled to begin this journey with CTYP!

Miranda Choo

Summer Stage Manager

Miranda Choo

Summer Stage Manager

Miranda (she/they) is excited to be joining the CTYP team for the summer as a stage manager. She is a 2.5 generation Cantonese settler on the traditional, unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) nations. Miranda completed a B.A. at the University of British Columbia, majoring in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice and minoring in Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies–taking a strong interest in community building. As she moves through unceded spaces, she hopes to unpack the relationship between racialization, globalization and settler colonialism and to let that inform the work she does. They have a passion for film, environmentalism, education and law. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, creative writing, photography and spending time with her dog (for whom she improvises many terrible jingles).

Katherine Matlashewski

Summer Administration

Katherine Matlashewski

Summer Administration

Katherine 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 Musical Theatre School, and Crossmaneuver, she is excited to continue sharing her passion for the Arts with children and youth at Carousel.

In addition to Lead Instructing the Carousel’s Mini Drama Camp, Katherine is thrilled to be back working in administration at CTYP for her second summer in a row!

Joanna & Ewa Borkowska

Accountants

Joanna & Ewa Borkowska

Accountants

Ewa (she/her) and Joanna (she/her) are the mother-daughter team behind Valliant Accounting. For the last four years, they have worked with various non-profit organizations, charities, and small businesses to help them achieve their long-term goals. Ewa’s knowledge and experience within the non-profit and charity sector has a long history. For over twenty years, Ewa has worked as an accountant for many local non-profit organizations and charities, with a primary focus on arts organizations. She has established long-standing relationships with many of her clients and has witnessed and collaborated in their growth. Ewa and Joanna both have a love for theatre and music that stems from Joanna’s active involvement in the dance and figure skating community at a young age. They continue to endeavor to support artists and believe in ensuring that Vancouver continues to flourish in bringing about creative and cultural experiences to the public.

Tanja Dixon-Warren

Transition Advisor

Tanja Dixon-Warren

Transition Advisor

Tanja (she/her) has been working as a theatre artist and producer for over 35+ years and is thrilled to be part of the CTYP team. Previously, she is a co-founder and former Artistic Producer of Hoarse Raven Theatre and was the Managing Producer of Full Circle: First Nations Performance, with who she continues to work on a consulting and advisory basis. Currently, she is the Artistic Director of Western Gold Theatre. An active member of the community, with a long history of mentoring emerging artists and arts administrators, Shehas served on numerous boards and committees including 15 years with the GVPTA. She sits on the board of Vocal Eye. Tanja has been recognized with numerous awards and nominations for her achievements in performing, producing, and business.

Jocelyn Macdougall

Board President

Jocelyn Macdougall

Board President

Jocelyn (she/her) is a convener and facilitator who delights in bringing together groups of interesting, committed, and passionate people for meaningful, productive conversations. She values equity, justice, and dignity as foundational and believes that getting comfortable with being uncomfortable is a necessary skill in today’s divided world. Jocelyn believes the arts are a price of admission component of a sane, healthy society, having a unique propensity to enable self and social reflection. She is also lucky enough to sing with Vancouve’’s hottest funk and Motown band, Queer As Funk.

Krysta Chapman

Board Treasurer

Krysta Chapman

Board Treasurer

Krysta (she/her) is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CA) and a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder. She holds a Bachelor of Mathematics and a Masters in Accounting from the University of Waterloo. She has served as a Chief Financial Officer and Controller for many startup private and public mining companies. Although sadly not blessed with any natural artistic abilities of her own, Krysta and her young daughter are avid fans of musical theatre. She is excited to share her passion for change and driving growth to Carousel Theatre.

Jacob Kojfman

Board Vice President

Jacob Kojfman

Board Vice President

Jacob (he/him) professes to be a professional comedian with a side hustle as a lawyer at one of the world’s largest IT services companies. He joined CTYP, because he wants to contribute to the community, loves Broadway musical theatre, and recognizes the importance the arts plays in our society. He is currently the treasurer for the West End Community Centre Association and has been on the board of a social services agency. In his spare time, he reads, rides his Peloton, plays board games with his wife and young child, and is working on his amateur poker game.

Sarah Louttit

Board Member

Sarah Louttit

Board Member

Sarah (she/her) is an experienced human resources professional and the current HR Manager for the Faculty of Applied Science at UBC. She is passionate about creating engaging and equitable work environments. Sarah believes the arts are an integral part to any community and is excited to be a part of CTYP. In her spare time, you can find Sarah attempting to make elaborate dinners (and even more elaborate messes) for her family, going on long walks with her daughter, or planning her next renovation project.

Chloe Sauder

Board Secretary

Chloe Sauder

Board Secretary

A long-time local theatre fan, Chloe (she/her) is thrilled to be cast as a member of CTYP’s Board of Directors. She was bit by the acting bug at an early age and minored in theatre as part of her undergraduate degree at the University of McGill. During her gap year, Chloe played the part of Jane Bennet in Metro Theatre’s production of Pride & Prejudice before starting law school at Windsor Law. Chloe now works as a lawyer at Haddock & Company where her practice areas include landlord and tenant law, co-operative housing law, construction law, strata property law, and insurance defence. In her spare time, she enjoys trivia and cracking terrible puns.

Maya Lohcham

Board Member

Maya Lohcham

Board Member

Maya (she/her) is an experienced arts administrator whose passion is sharing the importance, power, and beauty the arts bring to the fabric of communities. Currently with the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, she has worked for numerous arts organizations including PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Canada’s National Ballet School, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Following her graduate degree in Museum Studies, she completed a fellowship at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. In her free time, Maya plays with her mini dachshund, spends lots of time in her hometown of Victoria, and debates life’s big questions with her husband.