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.

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 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)

Technical Production Manager

email: ryan@
905-682-8326 *25

More About Ryan

coming soon!

Chelsea Wilson (she/her)

Chelsea Wilson (she/her)

Sales & Communications Manager

email: schools@
905-682-8326 *22

More About Chelsea

coming soon!