Welcome To Christian Youth Theater

Christian Youth Theater (CYT) is an after-school theater arts training program for students ages 4-18. Since its founding in 1980, CYT has grown to be the largest youth theater program in the nation, with Branches across the country training thousands of students a year.

Each Branch’s yearly calendar is made up of three nine to ten week sessions: Fall, Winter,and Spring. These sessions involve after-school classes in theater arts and the opportunity to audition and perform in a Broadway-style musical or work behind-the-scenes. Additionally, CYT offers a Summer session consisting of camps, workshops, and performance opportunities.

CYT stands in the forefront in its commitment to the highest ethical, moral, technical, and artistic standards of excellence. Instructors are professionals, qualified in teaching and/or performing, who understand our mission statement, values, objectives, and goals.

Mission & Values

Mission Statement
Christian Youth Theater develops character and creativity through quality theater arts training that brings families and communities together while reflecting Jesus.

  • Character over competition: Our intentional focus is on knowing Jesus and becoming more like Him. We earnestly desire growth in love for God, in the knowledge of His love for us, and in a humble life that pours out love towards others.
  • People over programs: We exist for our communities: those we know and those we have yet to meet. The people. We were created for companionship, and at CYT, we long to see strangers become neighbors and neighbors become community. This is our calling. We love God, and we love and value His people. We see and welcome people for who they uniquely are and not just what they can do for our organization.
  • Service over spotlight: We believe in serving others in sacrificial and tangible ways. CYT exists for opportunities to know and see needs, and to meet them as the body of Christ. We see leadership through the lens of servant leadership, as best demonstrated in the person and work of Jesus. We aim to work slowly and mindfully to see the needs that walk through our doors. We would take servanthood over spotlights any day.
  • Excellence over ego: We value giving God our first and our best. Excellence is our simplest expression of giving the gifts and talents God has blessed us with back to Him. We don’t seek perfection as a means of outward praise, but excellence as a form of worship from a heart of gratitude and diligence. Being excellent in all we say and do is a way we can be faithful to God’s calling on our lives and in our work.

What Does CYT Offer?

CYT offers classes over the course of three sessions during the school year: Fall, Winter, and Spring. Weekly classes last for two hours and run for ten consecutive weeks. A variety of classes are offered in drama, voice, dance, and specialty classes that vary per session. Class sizes are small and offer supervision both inside and outside the classroom.
Parents send their children to CYT classes to learn, and that’s exactly what they will do! At the end of a CYT session, your student will come away with a new or improved skill in the area of emphasis. During the last week of class, a high-energy Showcase is presented by each class to show other students, family, and friends all they’ve learned.

CYT shows are always appropriate for the entire family and are an excellent way to introduce children to the arts at a young age!
CYT produces one Broadway-style musical each session. Enrollment in CYT classes provides students (ages 8-18) the opportunity to audition for their affiliate’s current production.
Students not cast in the show are encouraged to participate in other ways. Depending on age and ability, students (and siblings) can participate on the backstage crew, technical team, or the costume and makeup committees.

Week-long musical theater day camps are offered during the summer months for students ages 4-18. Typical camps include team competitions, drama, dance, music, and craft workshops, theme-related devotionals, and an impressive concluding showcase for family and friends.
CYT Summer Camps are all about fun, friendships, and theatrics. Camps are great yearly tradition for your child!

There are many ways to be part of CYT beyond the stage! CYT programs consist of everything that is not a class, camp, or show. Some of the available programs include HYPE, Decathlon, CCT, and more.
CYT is committed to putting safety first at all times. The Safety Scene program is a CYT National initiative that goes well beyond background checks in its work to prevent, detect, and respond to physical, emotional, verbal, and sexual abuse in CYT programming. 
Any act of abuse is unacceptable and stands counter to CYT’s beliefs. CYT is committed to maintaining a community where all participants can work and learn together free of harassment, misconduct or abuse of any kind, including verbal, emotional, physical and sexual.
Explore our National Safety Scene page to learn more!

The History of CYT

Once Upon A Time...
Paul and Sheryl Russell were both teachers at Christian High in San Diego when they began a community theater from their family garage. It was the summer of 1980 and the show was The Sound of Music. The purpose was to provide a vehicle for talented aspiring performers in San Diego’s local churches.

The families involved in this newly-founded organization, Christian Community Theater (CCT), asked Paul and Sheryl to start an after-school theater arts program for their children. Paul and Sheryl, with two small children of their own and another one on the way, founded Christian Youth Theater (CYT). CYT began with 24 students producing the show You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and continued to grow throughout San Diego County.

In 1997 families from San Diego moved to Chicago, IL and Spokane, WA. Their desire to have CYT in their communities motivated them to start their own local branches under the CYT umbrella.

CYT has now grown to be the largest children’s theater organization of its kind with branches in 17 states. CYT trains more than 20,000 young people annually (as of March 2018).

CYT San Antonio began in 2010 with founders Sandi Mitchell and Christine Ramirez. Meeting at New Braunfels Christian Academy, CYT SA-NB quickly grew, meeting in churches and dance studios in the New Braunfels area. In 2015, we moved into our studio in New Braunfels, being one of the first CYTs in the nation to have our own studio. We are so thankful to have classes, camps, and shows at our studio location, and we are continuing to grow, serving students in Bulverde, Seguin, San Antonio, and Kyle.

Current Staff Members:

Bobby Tschoepe

Artistic Director
A native Texan, Bobby Tschoepe is a graduate of Texas Lutheran University receiving his Music Education degree with Vocal Emphasis. Bobby has performed in many environments, including church dramas, choirs, and several worship teams, including his home church, Northpoint where he is also Music Director. Bobby also teaches theater and choir at New Braunfels Christian Academy. Bobby is an active performer who was seen most recently as Jetsam in The Little Mermaid (Zilker Theater Productions). He is also frequently seen at the Magik Theater and The Public Theater of San Antonio (most recently Crutchie in Newsies). As a CYT alumni, Bobby has been in shows including Peter Pan Jr. and Seussical the Musical, and he has assisted with several seasons of CYT shows in multiple capacities, including directing, choreography, music, green room, tech, and backstage crew. He enjoys helping kids develop the gifts and abilities God has given them. Psalms 92 and 103

Chris Norris

Managing Director
Chris is a native of Iowa Park, Texas. He has always loved Broadway and theatre arts in general, but sports, music, and entrepreneurship were his passions growing up. Chris enlisted in the United States Navy in 2000 and served for 20 plus years. He received a Computer Science and Mathematics degree within the University of Texas NJROTC program and was commissioned as a Naval Officer in 2007. Chris was designated a Naval Aviator in 2009 and flew the SH-60B and MH-60R Seahawk Helicopters. He earned his Master of Business Administration from Saint Leo University. Chris and his wife Cally have six beautiful girls, Netalie, Necayl, Nelayna, Neria, Nerissa, and Neyci. Neyci and Nerissa have performed in multiple shows over the past 2 years and Chris joined us on stage during our 2021 inaugural CCT performance in The Sound of Music! Chris has enjoyed working on several set committees and looks forward to doing life with the CYT team and family!

Naomi Tulp

Area Coordinator
Naomi, a Washington native, moved to Texas in 2014. She was involved in musical theater all through her childhood, performing in shows like Sound of Music, Oliver, Wizard of Oz, and A Comedy of Errors. Moving on from theater, Naomi became involved in different musical groups, from jazz choirs to worship teams, and Christian bands. (You can even find her on iTunes!) She married her partner in life, Chad, in 2000 and quickly followed with 3 amazing children, Austin, Emma, and Jackson. Emma and Jackson have been in multiple CYT productions over the past 2 years. In watching her kids grow in talent and character, she knew she wanted to get more plugged into the CYT organization. She loves working with the amazing staff at CYT and serving the families and communities of the greater San Antonio area!

Danielle McCune

HYPE Advisor
Danielle McCune is a proud graduate of Texas State University where she earned her BFA degree in Theatre: Performance and Production, with a minor in Music. She trained for many years at Amy’s All Star Dance Studio in Schertz, TX where she was not only a member of the competition team, but also had the opportunity to choreograph some of their award winning routines. She has also performed in several musical theatre productions in the San Antonio/New Braunfels area. However, most of her production credits can be found as part of an artistic team. She is also a proud member of her church’s choir and works with Edge, their middle school youth group. In addition to teaching classes at CYT, she is blessed to be the adviser to HYPE. She loves being a part of the CYT family and being able to share her God-given passion for the arts!

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CYT San Antonio

Mailing Address:
PO Box 310597
New Braunfels, TX 78131

Phone: 830-312-4505
Office Address:
1389 Industrial Drive
Ste. C
New Braunfels, TX 78130

Office hours:
Managing Director: M/T/TR/F 3pm-8pm
Artistic Director: M/T/TR/F 1-4pm

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