Carousel Players

Theatre You Never Outgrow

PACT Membership: Regular Membership

PACT Caucuses: Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA),

PACT Region: 4 – Ontario, outside Toronto

Carousel Players is an award-winning professional theatre for young audiences 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.
  • We ensure that our performances, summer theatre camps and classroom programs are affordable for all children regardless of their socio-economic status or situation.
  • We believe live theatre develops artistic awareness, learning skills and a sense of well-being in children.

Current Season:

This year at Carousel Players we explore stories of friendship and belonging. We begin the season with Peter Pan, the classic tale of a boy who doesn’t want to grow up, but who finds a true friend in Wendy. In Whole World, a recent immigrant named Omar wants to fit in and make friends in his new home of Canada. And in The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito, a little mosquito who was born without wings learns how to share her gifts with new friends wherever she goes. Whatever your age or background, we hope that you find a friend with us at Carousel Players this season.

Company Information:

  • Year Founded: 1972
  • Season Starts: October
  • Season Ends: May
  • Theatre Tours: Yes
  • Tour Locations:
    • Regionally
  • Engagement Contracts:
    • ADC
    • CTA
    • PGC
  • Senior Staff:

  • Monica DufaultArtistic Director
  • Kate LeathersGeneral Manager
  • Lauren HundertOutreach & Marketing Manager
  • David Costello

Rental Information:

  • Venue rental Information:

    Venue rentals: no

Solicitation Information:

  • Playwrights:

    Accept unsolicited scripts: yes
  • Policies: Play development is important to us and we are interested in nurturing relationships with playwrights. We produce work that is age-specific and created expressly for young audiences. Most years we produce one or more new plays that have been in development for a minimum of eighteen to twenty-four months. We encourage playwrights to submit scripts or new play proposals to our Artistic Director. For Submissions please include: A cover letter detailing: your interest in creating a work for young audiences, the development of the play to-date, including past workshops or productions, and what you envisioning as support from Carousel Players. Your full mailing address, phone number and e-mail address A synopsis of the story, including the following details if possible: characters, setting, length. An updated bio or resume. Our Artistic Director responds to all submissions in a timely manner; however, due to variations in the level of our activity, we cannot guarantee an exact response time. Please send your submissions to monica(at)carouselplayers(dot)com
  • Actors:

    Accept Resumés: yes
  • Policies: Carousel Players holds General Auditions once a year, typically in June/July, in Toronto and St Catharines. Auditions are by appointment only. Only successful applicants will be contacted to schedule an audition time. Actors are asked to prepare 1 Canadian monologue of their choice, no longer than two minutes in length. In addition actors are welcome to share a special skill or interest: be it singing, dancing, a musical instrument, puppetry, poetry, etc. Actors are invited to submit a letter of interest, a headshot, and a resume that include a current phone number and email address to casting@carouselplayers.com Digital submissions must be in PDF format. Carousel Players is committed to equity and diversity in its casting and encourages submissions from artists of all backgrounds. OTHER AUDITIONS Auditions for specific plays are scheduled as needed by the Artistic Director. We accept submissions year round.
  • General auditions: yes
  • Contact name: Monica Dufault
  • Contact Title: Artistic Director
  • Contact Email: casting@carouselplayers.com
  • Designers:

    Accept Resumés: yes
  • Contact name: Monica Dufault
  • Contact Title: Artistic Director
  • Contact Email: monica@carouselplayers.com