Board of Directors & Staff

Carousel Players’ Board of Directors

Carolyn Mackenzie (Chair) – Educator & Stage Manager
Jenniffer Anand (Vice Chair) – Communications & Media Relations
Sande Farrauto – Legacy Partner Associate
Nadia Ganesh – Graduate Student
Lauren Hundert – Development
Wendy Kulp – Early Years Educator

Carousel Players’ Board of Directors advises staff and oversees the operations of the company through bi-monthly meetings and by membership in a standing or ad hoc committees.

The Board welcomes input from the community and encourages community members to contact them by email at .

Carousel Players’ Board Committees – community members welcome

  • Outreach Committee
  • Educational Advisory Committee
  • Fundraising Committee
  • Nominating & Human Resources Committee
  • Facilities Committee

Carousel Players Staff

Monica Dufault (she/her)

Monica Dufault (she/her)

Artistic Director

email: monica@
905-682-8326 *24

More About Monica

Monica Dufault has been Artistic Director of Carousel Players since January 2018. Previously she performed with The Shaw Festival, The National Arts Centre, Theatre Aquarius, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and other companies across Canada. She has acted in many plays for young audiences and was nominated for a Dora Award for her performance in Where the Wild Things Are.

Monica was the Artistic Director of Essential Collective Theatre from 2014 to 2018, where she directed twelve productions. For Carousel Players, she has created live and digital productions, including Tomson Highway’s The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito, which toured to Vancouver and Saskatoon in 2019.

Ms. Dufault was selected as the Canadian delegate to the 2019 ASSITEJ Germany Directors in TYA Conference in Berlin, and is now a member of the board of ASSITEJ Canada. She holds a BA in Theatre, MA in Comparative Literatures and Arts, and is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.

Annie Slade (she/her)

Annie Slade (she/her)

General Manager

email: annie@
905-682-8326 *23

More About Annie

Annie Slade is a Niagara-based arts administrator specializing in audience development and community partnerships. As a life-long lover of all forms of artistic expression, she aspires to support artists in creating accessible, inclusive, and engaging experiences for audiences of all ages.

With nearly a decade of experience in the non-profit arts industry in roles that include education, marketing, fundraising, and audience development, Annie brings a wealth of knowledge and a passion for collaboration to her new role as General Manager of Carousel Players. 

She also holds an MA in Arts Management from Queens University. When not behind the curtain as an administrator, Annie is a vocalist and violinist performing regularly throughout the Niagara Region as a member of the Avanti Chamber Singers and Grace Notes String Ensemble.

Whitney Keast (she/her)

Whitney Keast (she/her)

Production & Tour Manager

email: whitney@
905-682-8326 *26

More About Whitney

Whitney works as a production manager, stage manager and project coordinator within the Niagara Region. Other focuses include fabricating props, soft goods and utilizing scenic painting techniques within her work. She holds a BA in Dramatic Arts graduating from Brock University and has since worked with many organizations within the Niagara Arts Industry. Whitney has worked with Carousel Players as one of the two Production Managers since 2019.

Ryan Mahon (he/him)

Ryan Mahon (he/him)

Technical Production Manager

email: ryan@
905-682-8326 *25

More About Ryan

Ryan is a production manager with a talent for creative and strategic stage carpentry. Ryan builds all of Carousel Player’s sets ensuring he strategizes and plans for the touring needs of a show. Not only do the sets need to look amazing, but they also have to be sturdy, lightweight and compact for ease of touring. Actors appreciate his ability to make sets light weight and easy to pack into the Carousel truck! Aside from a talent for carpentry and props making, Ryan also takes care of technical support for Carousel shows in collaboration with the other PM, Whitney. Ryan has past experience as a head carpenter, production manager and set designer. He also holds a BA in Dramatic Arts with a concentration in production and design from Brock University. Ryan has been one of the two production managers at Carousel Players since 2019. 

Chelsea Mahon (she/her)

Chelsea Mahon (she/her)

Sales Manager

email: schools@
905-682-8326 *22

More About Chelsea

Chelsea is an arts manager often found helping out with various different arts events throughout St. Catharines and Niagara region in various different roles. With experience as a General Manager, Production Manager, Stage Manager, Technical Director, Administrative Coordinator, Technical Stage Designer, and Stage Operator/Crew, Chelsea truly has a passion for helping bring stories to her community through live performance. With a strong appreciation for the talents onstage, Chelsea respectfully enjoys the thrill of  coordinating performances behind the scenes and finds arts management work to be a very rewarding way to support creative work without being onstage herself. Chelsea’s specialty is complex scheduling and she loves to organize, budget and strategize. Chelsea holds a BA in Dramatic Arts with a concentration in production and design and a focus on arts management from Brock University. 

Mike Metz (He/Him)

Mike Metz (He/Him)

Education Coordinator

email: education@
905-682-8326 *27

More About Mike

Mike is a Niagara-based artist and educator, specializing in Drama in Education and community-based theatre. With over a decade of experience, Mike has made it his goal to always find ways to combine two of his passions: drama and learning.

Mike first began working with Carousel Players back in 2018, and for 4 years served as the Coordinator for Carousel Players Summer Theatre School. Mike has also run various afterschool drama programs, but perhaps has become most known as Game Master Extraordinaire for the Carousel Players Dungeons and Dragons Program.

Mike is a certified teacher with the Ontario College of Teachers and holds a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Pedagogy from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Outside of working as the Education Coordinator at Carousel Players, Mike teaches Drama in Education at Brock University and is currently working towards his PhD in Education.

Aggie Zaremba (She/Her)

Aggie Zaremba (She/Her)

Communications Coordinator

More About Aggie

Bio coming soon 

Daisy Hollohan (she/her)

Daisy Hollohan (she/her)

Festival Production Intern

More About Daisy

Daisy is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts with a minor in English at Brock University. She has been actively involved in the arts for more than a decade, gaining experience in various creative fields such as performance, production, and education. During this time, she has worked both on-stage and behind the scenes, immersing herself in the world of arts through music, dance, drama, theatre education, and arts management. Daisy is thrilled to be a member of the Carousel Players team!