"Carousel Theatre for Young People: so magical, it will even make kids sit still." - The Globe and Mail
Carousel Theatre for Young People empowers young people and families through playful, imaginative and accessible theatre experiences that develop emotional literacy.
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About CAROUSEL THEATRE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
Our vision: to empower young people through the magic of theatre.
Young People are not simply audience members at CTYP; they are active participants at the very centre of all that we do.
Under the vision of Artistic Director Carole Higgins, CTYP stages vibrant stories that engage young people from the beginning of their development, and which challenge them through their formative years, empowering them to become agents of positive change. Carole’s vision Stages of Play encompasses a full season of theatrical activities that celebrates stories that explore rites of passage on our Family Stage at the Waterfront Theatre, explores Shakespeare’s canon through a contemporary lens every summer with our Teen Shakespeare Stage, and explores original sensory creations for the very young with our BEE Stage.
CTYP’s exuberant year-round drama school teaches young people ages 3-17 to express their creativity and individuality through the theatrical form.
Our playful approach to creation and collaboration, unwavering commitment to outstanding production values and joyful attentiveness to mentoring emerging theatre artists are key principals of our artistic practice. A testament to the artistic quality of the productions we create: CTYP’s pursuit of excellence has been recognized with 95 Jessie nominations and 13 awards in the last ten years.
In 2018, CTYP co-found the Granville Island Theatre District, with the shared vision to create a robust, diverse, theatre ecology in the heart of Vancouver. The GITD oversees three performance venues on Granville Island, with CTYP as artistic stewards of the Waterfront Theatre, which is now Vancouver’s first performance venue dedicated to youth and family programming.
Young people can change the world, and we believe theatre empowers them to do so.