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 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 in kids of all ages through quality theater arts training that brings families and communities together while reflecting the Creator.

Values
  • Treat each individual with respect and significance
  • Develop character traits including discipline, self-confidence, and integrity
  • Bring families together through the use of individual talents and abilities
  • Share the love of Christ in word and deed

 

What Does CYT Offer?

Classes
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.

Shows
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.

Camps
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!

Programs
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 CYT@school, HYPE, Improvathon, and the yearly CYT EXPO.

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).
 

Current Staff Members:

Ginger Martel

Managing Director
Ginger is thrilled to be a part of CYT! She became a part of the CYT family in 2014 as a teacher, and has been involved in growing capacities ever since. Ginger has been acting, singing, and dancing on stages across the country for more than 20 years. She is active onstage at the Public Theater and the Magik Theater in San Antonio. She has also performed across the country in shows such as Into the Woods (Cinderella), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Hedy), Cats (Jellylorum), Disney's Aida (Amneris), and more! She is passionate about seeing students grow in the gifts God has given them, and teaches private voice lessons in addition to her full schedule of performing and working with CYT.


Bobby Tschoepe

Class and Camp Coordinator
A native Texan, Bobby Tschoepe is recent 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. Bobby is thrilled to be performing back on the Hillside in The Little Mermaid at Zilker Park in Austin, and has been seen recently at the Magik Theater in San Antonio and The Public Theater in San Antonio (Newsies as Crutchie). 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 choreography, music, green room, tech and backstage crew. He enjoys helping kids develop the gifts and abilities God has given them. Bobby looks forward to working further with our awesome CYT students and parents this year, and looks forward to an awesome season of classes and shows! Psalms 92 and 103


Dori Naivar

Show Coordinator
Dori is the Show Coordinator for CYT San Antonio. As an educator, dog trainer, and more, she has worked in the realm of theater for many years! Her daughter, Araya, is an active CYT'er and performer since their family found CYT SA a little over two years ago. Dori is excited to be a part of helping parents and students succeed on and off stage here at CYT!


Karin Madden

Class Coordinator Assistant - Thursdays
Karin Madden is a CYT mom who is so pumped to be helping out! Karin and her husband have 6 kiddos who are all a part of CYT and are frequently seen on stage. We are thrilled to have her be a part of our team.


Jessica Melott

Class Coordinator Assistant - Tuesdays
Jessica has been part of CYT SA-NB for over 5 years in many capacities! Her and her husband have worked backstage, on staff, and more. They have 5 daughters who are all involved in CYT and are frequently in CYT productions.


Danielle Martinez

HYPE Advisor
Danielle Martinez 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 Saturday evening 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!


CYT San Antonio

Mailing Address:
PO Box 310597
New Braunfels, TX 78131

Phone: 830-302-2298
Office Address:
1389 Industrial Drive
Ste. C
New Braunfels, TX 78130

Office hours:
Artistic Director: Mon - Fri 7am-8:30am
Managing Director : Tues 9am-12pm, Wed 2pm-5pm, Thu 12pm-2pm, Fri 10am-12pm

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