Meet Our Educators
Eliza is a performing artist and movement specialist with 15 years of experience teaching dance and drama to students of all ages. While acquiring her Bachelor of Arts in drama at Brock University, Eliza spent her spring semesters volunteering, delivering arts workshops to elementary schools in her hometown of London. Eliza has recently moved back from Ottawa, where she spent the last five years performing in and choreographing shows, and mounting her own creative project,
combining dance technique and physical theatre, at the University of Ottawa. Eliza is thrilled to once again be based out of St. Catharines, and loving being part of the Carousel team. When not performing or teaching Eliza can usually be found reading, or belting Disney songs at the tops of her lungs.
Ashley Boldt graduated from York University in June 2022 and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre (Production/Design). Currently she is pursuing a Bachelor of Education in Teacher’s Education at Brock University. Ashley has worked both on stage and backstage in a variety of roles including Stage Manager, Performer, Costume Designer, and Head of Wardrobe. Most recently, Ashley was a performer in both Birdgeoise and Monster Nightclub for the playGround 2022 Festival and currently she is a Head of Wardrobe/Costume Designer for Brock Musical Theatre’s production of Cabaret. In addition to creating theatre, Ashley has a passion for educating youth in the Arts. This past summer, Ashley worked with Carousel Players as a Summer Theatre School Assistant.
Oliver (they/he) is a visual and performance artist, aspiring playwright, community organiser, and committed activist for the unhoused. They are based out of Treaty 3 lands in Haudenosaunee Territory (so-called St. Catharines, ON). Growing up around theatre, Oliver has always been passionate about the performing arts. Last year he had his debut on the professional stage playing the role of ‘Si’ in the world premiere of Heather Morrison’s Fruitcake, directed by S.E. Grummet. As both an artist and an educator, Oliver is committed to doing their part in building safe and accessible spaces for BIPOC, 2SLGBTQ+, disabled, and neurodivergent youth within the theatre community.
Nicola graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Dramatic Arts: Concentration in Performance from Brock University. She is an actor, singer, and educator currently working towards her teaching degree. She has had the pleasure of working with Carousel Players as both a performer and an Artist Educator for over 3 years, and is looking forward to continuing her involvement in the local theatre community.
Amber Hussey (she/her) is a recent Master of Education graduate. Her focus during this time was on inclusive drama classrooms and theatre performances. She previously graduated from the Concurrent Education program at Brock University with a focus on drama in education. Her passion for drama has led her to many ventures including volunteering at the World Festival of Children’s Theatre and the Council of Ontario Drama and Dance Educators Conference. These opportunities have strengthened her love of drama and student learning. It is her hope to share her passion for drama with her students and demonstrate that drama truly is for everyone.
Mike is artist, educator, and researcher based in the Niagara Region. Mike holds a Masters of Education in Arts-Based Curriculum and Pedagogy from the University of Toronto, as well as a Bachelors of Education and a Bachelors of Dramatic Arts from Brock University. Most recently, Mike has been teaching Creative Play for Education, a first year dramatic arts course at Brock University. With Carousel Players, Mike has been the Coordinator for Summer Theatre School over the last four summers, and has developed and run Dungeons and Dragons programs for young people both online and in person.
Christina Nicolaou is an actor, singer and educator. Most recently, Christina created two pandemic musical comedy shows Mother of the Year and Nobody asked for This for the Calgary Fringe and Toronto Fringe Festivals.
She has taught acting, voice, speech and improv at Opus Academy, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, the University of Washington and various others.
She is a graduate of the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Washington where she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting. She also holds a Master of Arts degree from McMaster University in International Relations and Comparative politics.
She is thrilled to be involved with Carousel Players.
My son has had more interest in trying new things that he wasn’t willing to try previously. He has definitely become more social and has gained friends through this program.
When he was feeling sad he said he felt “heavy” and acted out the emotion.
My son loved the program and was very excited every day that he had it.
Get to understand teacher’s talk, and start to communicate with others in English.
Both my daughters used to wait eagerly for the program day which showed they found it interesting. It helped them to learn time management as the program was just after school and I had to drive them. Both were always excited and energetic to join the session. I found them more confident and more proactive at home.
He is not shy anymore and is now outgoing.
She looked forward to it each and every week!