Carousel Theatre for Young People

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PACT Membership: Regular Membership

PACT Caucuses: Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA),

PACT Region: 1 – British Columbia

Societal Vision: We envision a community that empowers people to be more imaginative, expressive, and engaged.

Mission: Carousel Theatre for Young People provides playful, exceptional, and accessible theatrical experiences that inspire, involve, and educate.

Each season 40,000 young people, educators and families benefit from CTYP’s extensive artistic programming, which includes a season of mainstage programming for young audiences, the Bee Stage for Theatre for the Very Young, a robust year-round drama school for young people ages 3-17, and the Teen Shakespeare Program, a beloved Vancouver tradition for over 25 years.

At CTYP, we believe that the arts, and specifically theatre, play a key role in a young person’s development.  It takes a village to raise a child. CTYP is an intrinsic part of that village;  we are passionately committed to inspiring young people to embrace their imaginations and to learn compassion through the stories we tell and the artistic activities we provide.

Current Season:

During the 2017/18 season, Carousel Theatre for Young People invites you to Open the Door to Your Imagination!

The season began with the Teen Shakespeare Program's lyrical production of Romeo & Juliet, sweeping audiences away to the world of this classic tragedy.

In November and December, our Mainstage season begins with C.S. Lewis' timeless, magical The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeThe four Pevensie children discover an old wardrobe that serves as an entry to an enchanted land with talking animals, mythical creatures, and a brave quest awaiting. (Recommended for ages 5+)

In March, the beloved charming tale The Velveteen Rabbit celebrates boundless imagination and the power of believing. With a dash of magic, three actors transform their playspace into a child's nursery with a rocking horse, a cavalcade of mechanical toys, a kind-hearted fairy, and a toy rabbit who is transformed by one little boy's love. (Recommended for ages 3-8)

The acclaimed production of The Gruffalo Live On Stage joins us in April from the UK's Tall Stories. Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for Fox, Owl, and Snake? After all, there's no such thing as a Gruffalo -- is there? (Recommended for ages 3-8)

Roseneath Theatre arrives in April to present the powerful Spirit Horse, adapted by Ojibway playwright Drew Hayden Taylor from the Irish play 'Tir Na N'Og by Greg Banks. Two Indigenous children find their lives have changed forever when their grandfather brings them a horse that has mysteriously appeared to him. They embark on a thrilling adventure as bonds of love, bravery, and laughter reunite the family on their ancestral land. (Recommended for ages 8+)

The BEE Stage for very young audience, ages newborn through age 3, returns in June with the world premiere by award-winning Vancouver playwright Meghan Gardiner. We Three is an interactive experience for our youngest audience members and their caregivers exploring letters, numbers, colour, shapes, and friendships.

Contact Information:

Company Information:

  • Year Founded: 1976
  • Season Starts: January
  • Season Ends: January
  • Festivals & Special Events:

    CTYP has been offering the Teen Shakespeare Program (TSP) for over 25 years (since 1990). Each summer, 16 teens ages 13-18  join us for a 6-week intensive pre-professional training program that models the timeline of professional theatre and culminates in a two-week public performance run at the outdoor stage at Performance Works on Granville Island, supported by a professional creative and operations team.

    Teen actors receive training in classical voice for the stage, Shakespeare text, movement, and character development under the tutelage of instructors who are members for Vancouver’s professional theatre community. The program takes place every summer in July and August, and is led by Head Instructor Mike Stack. Each year, the program alternates between a comedy, a tragedy or a history. See the stars of tomorrow on stage today, in a perfect first Shakespeare experience in a warm and relaxed festival setting.

  • Other Activities:

    Our wildly popular Step Up 4 CTYP event each November invites supporters to an evening of mingling, entertainment, and fabulous fashion at the John Fluevog Shoes flagship store in Gastown.

    Hosted by the charming and charismatic Todd Talbot of Love It or List It Vancouver. Todd is one of CTYP’s biggest fans and  an audience favourite having starred in several CTYP productions over the years including A Year With Frog and Toad.

    50% of all shoe sales from the evening benefit CTYP. Funds raised support CTYP’s accessibility and emerging artists programs, which include the drama school bursary fund, complimentary tickets for schools designated as needing enhanced support, and creating opportunities for emerging actors, stage managers and designers.


    The Lawyer Show is the signature fundraising event for Carousel Theatre for Young People and Touchstone Theatre, two of Vancouver's most cherished theatre institutions. The funds that are raised through the Lawyer Show go directly to support the producing and community outreach activities of the two companies.

    The Lawyer Show cast features the talent of over 30 lawyers from all walks of legal life, from partners in large corporate firms to retired practitioners. Fresh from the hit Grease! in 2017, The Lawyer Show will present the enchanting The Drowsy Chaperone in May 2018.


  • Senior Staff:

  • Carole HigginsArtistic Director
  • Jessica Mann GutteridgeManaging Director

Venue Information:

  • Studio space: Yes
  • Rehersal space: Yes

Rental Information:

  • Venue rental Information:

    Venue rentals: yes
  • Venue rental contact phone: 604-669-3410 x902
  • Venue rental contact email:

Address Information

1411 Cartwright Street Vancouver V6H 3R7 BC, CA
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