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About Carousel Players

Our Guiding Principals

Our Vision & Mandate

Carousel Players is an award-winning professional theatre company for young audiences.

We believe live theatre develops artistic awareness, learning skills and a sense of well-being in children.

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 theatres, schools and other performance venues.

We ensure that our performances, summer theatre school, and outreach programs can be accessed by all children and families regardless of their socio-economic background.

Our Values

Professionalism: We are committed to a consistent, professional quality of work and maintaining our reputation for artistic excellence.

Respect: We strive to be sincere, respectful and playful in our relationships with children and their caregivers.

Ideas: We are eager to share, explore and stimulate new ideas.

Appreciation: We like to show appreciation for our friends in the world around us.

Responsibility: We strive to be a helpful colleague and good citizen in our discipline (theatre for young audiences), in our field (performing arts) and in our community (the Niagara Region).

Legacy: We are dedicated to making all our children’s first exposure to professional theatre a playful, enlightening and memorable experience.

Balance:  We are committed to helping employees achieve a healthy balance between their personal and professional life.

Our Commitment to Equity and Access

Carousel Players supports and stands in solidarity with the communities of Indigenous, Black, and Persons of Colour (IBPOC). We are committed to ensuring access to Carousel Players for artists, arts workers, educators, volunteers, Board members, and audiences from IBPOC communities.

As a Theatre for Young Audiences, we have a unique responsibility in our work with young people. They are our audience, our students, and our community. We are honoured to share our work in schools where children and educators of every background are able to take part. Through our work, we have the opportunity to help our audience better understand the world around them.

As part of our practice, we are committed to bringing IBPOC stories and voices to the audiences we engage with. We recognize that to share these stories we must include, listen to, and learn from members of those communities as we create our work. We respect and value diverse life experiences and backgrounds, and will ensure that all voices are valued and heard.

We are committed to non-discriminatory casting and hiring practices to ensure equitable access to our creative spaces for artists, staff, and volunteers of diverse backgrounds and abilities.