Carousel Players is an award-winning professional theatre for young audiences. We are committed to the development of new work and the production of theatre that entertains and challenges our audiences. We present inspiring and creative plays for children in schools, theatres, and other venues.
Carousel Players was founded in 1972 by the late Desmond Davis, a Professor of Drama at Brock University in St. Catharines. Carousel has had six other Artistic Directors since then: Duncan McGregor, Pierre Tetrault, Kim Selody, Pablo Felices-Luna, Jessica Carmichael, and Monica Dufault.
Our productions have been nominated for Dora awards fourteen times, winning for Dinosaurs and All that Rubbish and Patty’s Cake. Carousel Players received the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for the Arts, the Canada Council’s Theatre for Young Audiences Prize for Patty’s Cake, and the first City of St. Catharines Arts in Education Award. More than 2.8 million children and their families have seen one of Carousel's imaginative shows in the forty-seven years we have been making theatre for young audiences.
At Carousel Players, we believe live theatre develops artistic awareness, learning skills, and a sense of well-being in children. We are committed to ensuring that our performances, summer theatre camps, and classroom programs are affordable for all children regardless of their socioeconomic situation with the help of our sponsors, funders, and individual donors.