Board of Directors & Staff

Carousel Players’ Board of Directors

Carolyn Mackenzie (Chair) – Educator & Stage Manager
Jenniffer Anand (Vice Chair) – Communications & Media Relations
Alexandra del Vecchio – Lawyer
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 via the form on this page or by email at .

Carousel Players’ Board Committees – community members welcome

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

contact the board of directors

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.

Kate Leathers (they/she)

Kate Leathers (they/she)

General Manager

email: kate@
905-682-8326 *23

More About Kate

Kate has worked in the cultural sector for more than two decades. As an administrator, project manager, and production technician, they have worked for dozens of theatres, art galleries, and cultural organizations across Canada. Kate’s work history includes producing and project management in several artistic disciplines; arts management consulting with the firm Janis A. Barlow & Associates and private clients; and teaching and mentoring early career arts workers.

Kate has lived in the Niagara Region for nearly two decades and works to support the local arts sector’s growth by acting as a resource for artists and arts companies in need of assistance with financial and project planning, technical advice, and preparing funding applications. They believe in the value and validity of careers in the arts and are an advocate for safe, supportive, and fair working conditions in the arts sector.

Kate holds a BA in Drama from Bishop’s University and an MBA from McMaster University.

Heather Maxwell (she/her)

Heather Maxwell (she/her)

Tour & Outreach Manager

email: heather@
905-683-8326 *22

More About Heather

Heather Maxwell is an established performer, writer, and event coordinator from the Niagara Region. Her love of theatre began at a young age through private drama school and community productions. She then trained professionally in writing and performance at York University, Brock University, and The Second City.

Heather is a writer and performer with Suitcase In Point Theatre Company and a manager for the In The Soil Arts Festival. She published her first novella in 2017 through The Sound STC and (not-so-anonymously) penned a monthly op-ed from 2018 – 2020. Current writing projects include a creative memoir tentatively titled “Eat” and a children’s book dedicated to her younger self.

Due to being diagnosed with ADHD as an adult, Heather is passionate about creating increased awareness, sensitivity, and care around children’s mental health issues. Heather loves peppermint tea, stationery supplies, and live music. After living and working in downtown St. Catharines for over ten years, Heather now resides in NOTL with her partner, son, and their cat, Steve.

Whitney Braybrook-Byl (she/her)

Whitney Braybrook-Byl (she/her)

Associate Production Manager

email: productionassist@
905-682-8326 *26

More About Whitney

Whitney Braybrook-Byl 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 the Associate Production Manager since 2019.

Ryan Mahon (he/him)

Ryan Mahon (he/him)

Associate Production Manager

email: production@
905-682-8326 *25

More About Ryan

coming soon!

Elizabeth Pereira (she/her)

Elizabeth Pereira (she/her)

Education Coordinator

email: education@
905-682-8326 *27

More About Elizabeth

Elizabeth Pereira is an active member of the performing arts scene in Niagara as a soprano soloist, actor, artist, and educator. She holds a BA in Dramatic Arts and English and a Master’s in English from Brock University. She has performed with organizations such as the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, Chorus Niagara, and Brock University and has worked with Carousel Players as the Education Coordinator since 2019.

Desai Spanos (he/him)

Desai Spanos (he/him)

Community & Youth Engagement Coordinator

email: outreach@
905-682-8326 *28

More About Desai

Desai Spanos joined Carousel Players in 2020 to launch and guide the Youth Committee. He holds a BA in Child and Youth Studies & Women’s and Gender Studies with a minor in Music from Brock University. Since 2005 Desai has volunteered with the PK Hummingbird Steel Orchestra, where he teaches young people how to play the steel drums and arranges pieces for the band’s public performances. Outside of work, Desai enjoys sleeping, napping, and the occasional snooze.