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 has been as an actor, producer, and director with TYA companies across the country and spent four years as an Artistic Associate at Persephone Theatre before taking over CTYP. She studied at both the University of Winnipeg, where she graduated with Honours in performance, and the Studio 58 Acting conservatory in Vancouver, where she currently teaches acting. 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, For Arts Sake, and It’s A Wonderful LIfe: The Radio Play  for Persephone, and Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls for Carousel, for which she won the Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Direction. This season she will direct Oz, a co-production with Victoria’s Kaleidoscope Theatre for Young People. 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.

Kami Reed Schuyler

Outreach & Communications Coordinator

Kami Reed Schuyler

Outreach & Communications Coordinator

Kami (they/them) 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 those labels, they find home in many facets of performance art, including drag, dance, theatre, writing and creation, and lighting design. They hold a BA in History from McMaster University and their primary area of focus was within science, technology, and their interactions with intersectional storytelling practises. Kami is so excited to be a part of Carousel’s team as their Outreach and Communications Coordinator, and to continue to uplift young artists and communities who have been systemically excluded from performing arts spaces.

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!

Jessi Simmons

Guest Services Team - Rentals Coordinator

Jessi Simmons

Guest Services Team - Rentals Coordinator

Jessi (He/Him) is delighted to be joining the Carousel team as a Guest Services Coordinator after a decade of Front of House work. He wishes to acknowledge and honor the occupied lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) & sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples that he is working on. He is excited to be able to help pass on his love and passion for theatre to the next generation.

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.