Carousel Players, currently in its 45th season of creating and touring theatre for young audiences, is pleased to announce that Kate Leathers will become their new General Manager and will lead the company in partnership with Artistic Director Jessica Carmichael. “The Board of Directors of Carousel Players is delighted to welcome Kate to her new position with us starting in July 2017”, said Board Chair, Carolyn Mackenzie “Kate has served our Niagara arts community, in a variety of roles, for many years. We are excited to have her advance within our own organization from Production Manager to General Manager; we know we will be in very good hands.”

“I am honoured to have been chosen to take on the role of General Manager of Carousel Players, and to carry on the work done by Jane Gardner, who has been such a strong mentor and advocate in our arts community, said Kate Leathers. “It’s very exciting to look forward to building on Carousel Players’ 45 years of working with children through performance and arts education, as well as the company’s history of serving the community as a resource and advocate for the arts sector in Niagara. I welcome to opportunity to support and grow Carousel’s work in bringing professional, joy-filled, diverse, and thoughtful theatre and performing arts education into the lives of young people in Niagara and beyond.

“Working with Kate as our Production Manager over the last two years has been a joyful experience,” says Jessica Carmichael, Carousel’s Artistic Director.  “Kate’s great care and respect she has for theatre and theatre for young people exudes in all the details she attends to. I am very excited to work with Kate on the continued championing of art for young people that takes their voices and thoughts into account.”

Kate Leathers has lived in the Niagara Region for twelve years and has worked in the cultural sector for more than twenty years. As an administrator, project manager, and production technician, she has worked for dozens of theatres including the Shaw Festival, art galleries, and other cultural organizations across Canada. Kate’s artistic management practice includes art projects in multiple disciplines, consultancy work with the firm Janis A. Barlow & Associates and private clients, and two seasons as Production Manager at Carousel Players. She has managed small and large visual and digital arts projects, consulted on financial and strategic planning for arts organizations across North America, and served in managerial roles on performance events ranging from community arts workshops to multi-day, multi-discipline events including the STRUTT Wearable Art Weekend and the In The Soil Arts Festival. Kate holds a BA in Drama from Bishop’s University and an MBA from McMaster University.

Based in Niagara, Carousel Players is an award-winning professional theatre for young audiences that is committed to the development of new work and the production of theatre that entertains and challenges their audiences. They present inspiring and creative plays for children aged 5 to 15 in schools, theatres and other venues all over Ontario. Over 2.8 million youth and families have seen their productions. Carousel Players is a non-profit charitable organization that was founded in 1972 by Desmond Davis, a Professor of Drama at Brock University in St. Catharines. The name for the company is inspired by one of Canada’s oldest carousels in nearby Port Dalhousie where you can still take a ride for just a nickel.

Contact: Lauren Hundert, (905) 682-8326 X22 or schools@carouselplayers.com