Our Commitment to Access and Equity
Carousel Players believes that it is the company’s responsibility to provide creative spaces where everyone feels supported in bringing their full, authentic selves to the work.
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.
More information on our ongoinging work in equity, inclusion, and access is available in our policies here.
Artist Educator Job Posting (Ongoing)
schedukCarousel Players’ Theatre School is expanding its roster of Artist Educators and is seeking applications from Niagara-based theatre artists and educators to teach classes and lead camps for students ages 2 to 14.
What is the job?
Artist Educators are self-employed contract workers who report to the Education Coordinator and are responsible for:
- planning educational drama classes and/or camps based on Carousel Players curriculum guidelines
- delivering educational drama classes and/or camps to children ages 2-14 in various locations in the Niagara Region
- providing feedback to the Education Coordinator on program delivery and curriculum
Where does Theatre School take place?
All Theatre School programs are offered in person.
- About half of our classes and all of our summer programs take place at the Carousel Players Arts Education Centre in downtown St Catharines.
- Also in St Catharines, we offer After School classes at Russell Ave. Community Centre and March Break Camp at Elm St United Church.
- Carousel Players’ Theatre School partners with elementary schools in Niagara to offer After School Drama classes in other municipalities, which vary each term.
When does it happen and what does it pay?
The timing and duration of employment for Artist Educators varies based on the program(s) they are contracted to teach. Carousel Players runs three terms of classes during the school year and camps during school breaks. Educators are expected to be available to teach all classes in the program(s) they are contracted for. The Educator Coordinator will assign programs to Artist Educators based on experience and availability.
The instructor fees paid vary depending on the program(s) being taught and range from $200 for a full-day PD Day Camp to $600 for an eight week program of ninety minute classes. Details of program time commitments and compensation can be found in the Artist Educator Job Description.
Who should apply?
A candidate for the Artist Educator position should bring the following to the position:
- A love of theatre
- 1+ years of training and/or experience in drama and theatre practices
- 1+ years of experience working with children in one or more of Carousel Players age ranges (see job description)
- Spoken English proficiency sufficient to lead classroom lessons
Carousel Players’ Theatre School is committed to non-discriminatory hiring practices to ensure equitable access to our creative spaces for artist educators and students of diverse backgrounds and abilities. We strongly encourage members of IBPOC (Indigenous, Black, Persons of Colour) communities to apply for this position.
Anything else I should know?
Artist Educators are required to follow the Carousel Players’ employment, arts education, and health & safety policies, available here: https://carouselplayers.com/about-carousel-players/policies
This position involves working with minors, so the candidates selected to teach programs will be required to provide a Vulnerable Sector Check completed in the past year as a condition of employment. If you do not have a current VSC, Carousel Players will cover the cost of completing this check.
See the full Artist Educator Job Description here.
This posting is ongoing. Once an application has been received, the Education Coordinator will contact the applicant to schedule an interview either virtually or in person.
Follow us on social media @carouselplayers for updates on job positings and auditions.
Artistic Leadership & Creative Management Internships
Carousel Players is interested in working with artists and arts workers who wish to pursue a career in Theatre for Young Audiences. Our preference is to create a personalized learning and development plan in collaboration with the artists and arts workers.
We are happy to work with you on applications to the following programs that support internships in Artistic Direction, Artistic Producing, and General Management:
- OAC – Chalmers Professional Development Projects
- OAC – Skills and Career Development: Indigenous Arts Professionals and Arts Professionals of Colour
- Metcalf Foundation – Performing Arts Interships
- Canada Council for the Arts – Professional Development for Artists
- Canada Council for the Arts – Professional Development for Arts Professionals
- Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage
Post-Secondary academic Internships / Co-op
High School Co-op Positions
Carousel Players is committed to mentoring emerging and aspiring artists. We believe in providing practical work experience, skills development, and guidance in working in the arts (performing and otherwise).
We work with college and university for-credit Internship and Co-op Programs, as well as DSBN and Niagara Catholic for-credit co-op placement programs. Students can choose to work with our artistic production staff, our administrative staff, our education staff, or a mix of all three.
Applied learning opportunities include graphic design, scenic painting and construction, props construction, stage management (certain terms only), community outreach, public relations, arts education, event producing, and many other areas.
Carousel Players is open to working with students to seek funding for such positions. Interested students should be aware that this type of funding can take up to six months to be approved and they should contact us at least two terms in advance of their planned internship or co-op period.
If you are interested in pursuing an internship, a co-op, or an applied learning course with Carousel Players, please send a letter of interest and a resume to General Manager Kate Leathers by email or call 905-682-8326 *23.
Need help writing a cover letter and resume for your application?
new play development
Carousel Players contributes to new play development of theatre for young audiences, providing dramaturgical support for playwrights and workshop opportunities at every stage of the development process. Carousel produces world premieres of new scripts by Canadian playwrights, and tours those productions regionally, provincially and nationally, assisting in disseminating new works.
We involve designers early in the process through pre-production workshops to allow for conception and realization of designs. These concepts and designs are then integrated with the script through the development process. This fosters collaboration with creative professionals and honours the work of all artists, technicians, and production staff who collaboratively work on a piece.
Playwrights interested in working with Carousel Players on their work for young audiences ages 4 to 14 are encouraged to send a copy of their script and a letter of introduction to The Artistic Director will review these submissions. Please be aware that responses to submissions may be delayed due to the demands of the production cycle.
playwright in residence
Marilo Nuñes is Carousel Players’ Playwright-in-Residence for the 2022-2023 Season.
Marilo (she/her) is a Chilean Canadian playwright, director, dramaturge and scholar. She is a 2021 winner of the Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Award in Theatre. She was a member of the 2022 Kennedy Centre Playwriting Intensive and was the 2021 Playwright-in-Residence at Aluna Theatre. She has been a member of playwright’s units at Factory Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, Cahoots Theatre and Nightwood Theatre. She was McMaster University’s first Playwright-in-Residence in 2018 and was the recipient of the Hamilton Arts Awards for Established Theatre Artist. Her plays include: Three Fingered Jack and the Legend of Joaquin Murieta, El Retorno/I Return, Last Supper, Huinca, Foxy: Tales of An Urban Zorra, INQUEST, Demos Kratos, and Sangre Redux. She teaches playwriting at theatres and universities across the country using the Fornes Method. She was founding Artistic Director of Alameda Theatre Company, a company dedicated to developing the new work of Latinx Canadian playwrights. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph and is currently obtaining her Ph D. in Theatre & Performance Studies at York University. Her play El Retorno/I Return has been turned into a podcast for Radio Aluna Theatre.
This residency is made possible through support from the Canada Council for the Arts’ Explore and Create program.
Plays Workshopped at Carousel Players between 2007 and 2022
* = produced and toured by Carousel Players
A Forest in My Room [playwright: Thomas Morgan Jones]*
Boom [playwright: Julie Salverson]
Boys, Girls, and Other Mythological Creatures [playwright: Mark Crawford]*
Fare Play [playwright: Yvette Nolan]
Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin [playwright: Jessica Carmichael]*
Here to Hear [playwrights: Linda A. Carson & Cathy Nosaty]*
Huinca [playwright: Marilo Nunez]
Lost and Found [playwright: Cole Lewis]
Meet Chloe [playwright: Cameron Grant]*
Mouse in my House [playwright: Carrie Costello]*
Nithy and the Unsolvable Case [playwrights: Matthew Gorman & Arlin Dixon]
Peg & the Yeti [playwright: Monica Dufault]*
Pop! Pop! [co-creators: Linda A Carson & Monica Dufault]*
Rez Road [playwright: Falen Johnson]
Saving Lonesome George [playwright: Gail Bowen]*
Spelling 2-5-5 [playwright: Jennifer Overton]*
The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito [playwright: Tomson Highway]*
The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh [playwright: Chris Craddock]*
The Power of Harriet T! [playwright: Michael Miller]*
The Remarkable Flight of Marnie McPhee [playwright: Daniel Karasik]*
This Will Be Excellent [playwright: Jordi Mand]*
Tick [playwright: Matthew Mackenzie]*
Velveteen Rabbit [playwrights: Jocelyn Adema, Lena Maripuu, Reanne Spitzer & Annie Tuma]*
Virginia Wolf [playwrights: Cole Lewis & Clelia Scala]
Water Under the Bridge [playwrights: Michaela Washburn & Carrie Costello]*
Water Wonder [playwright: Cheryl McNamara]*
What Katy Did [playwright: Kate Hewlett]
What’s So Funny? [co-creators: Jean-Marie Alexandre & Monica Dufault]*
Whole World [playwright: Sean Dixon]*
Recommender Grants for Theatre
The Recommender Grant (formerly known as the Theatre Creators’ Reserve) is a grant to support the development of theatre works by Ontario artists.
Carousel Players is a Recommender in the area of Theatre for Young Audiences and reviews submissions annually.
This years’ deadline is January 6, 2023 at 1 pm EST.
Carousel Players holds General Auditions once a year, typically in June/July, in Toronto and St Catharines. Auditions are by appointment only. Only successful applicants will be contacted to schedule an audition time.
Auditions for specific plays and workshops are scheduled as needed by the Artistic Director.
We accept expressions of interest in auditioning year round. Performers are invited to submit a letter of interest, a headshot, and a resume that includes a current phone number and email address by emailing
Carousel Players is a member of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres and engages professional artists under the terms of the Canadian Theatre Agreement. CAEA members will be seen first at all open audition calls. CAEA members: please bring your membership card to the audition.
Carousel Players is accepting submissions from performers interested in auditioning for our upcoming production of Tiny Treasures by Kevin Dyer. Tiny Treasures is a play for two actors that will tour to schools in the Niagara, Hamilton, and Halton area for children ages 9 to 14. The play is about a young caregiver who is struggling to balance his school work, social life, and his own health, with the demands of taking care of his mother and younger sister.
This production will be rehearsed and have limited public performances in the spring of 2023, and then it will be remounted and toured in the fall of 2023.
Initial Rehearsal Engagement: April 24 – May 12, 2023 (3 weeks)
Refresher Rehearsal and Local TYA Tour Engagement: October 30 – December 1, 2023 (5 weeks)
We are casting adult actors for the following two characters:
James – James is a 13 year old, male identifying middle school student who also is a caregiver for his mom, who is on disability, and his younger sister. He is always moving, doing, clearing, sorting, cooking, writing, talking. He also takes care of his two pet fish, Snoopy and Toto.
Susan (Mum) – Female identifying, aged 35. She is unwell, spends most days in bed, and has mobility problems. She rarely leaves the house. She is on disability living allowance and tablets for depression. She has good days and bad days and has episodes of anxiety – especially if she misses her medication. She feels guilty, helpless sometimes, frequently angry. She loves her kids – James and Katy – and she wants to be a good Mum.
Attending Auditions: Monica Dufault, Artistic Director
Deadline to submit: Sunday, February 5 by 11:59 pm
How to Submit: please email a short letter of interest, resume and photo to . Only those selected for an audition will be contacted.
Audition Day: Monday, February 13 in St. Catharines, ON. No video submissions please.
Carousel Players is a member of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres and engages professional artists under the terms of the Canadian Theatre Agreement. CAEA members will be seen first at all open audition calls.
CAEA members: please identify yourself as a member in your letter of interest or on your resume.
Carousel Players works with CAEA Stage Managers on all our productions. Our Stage Managers drive the company truck and participate in the load-in, strike, and pack of the set in addition to all the more usual stage management duties. They also get a lot of enthusiastic greetings and excited questions from the students in the schools where we tour. If you are interested in stage managing a tour for Carousel Players, please send a cover letter and resume to