Get involved in CYT beyond the stage! CYT has many programs in place that foster theater arts in the community and we’d love for you to take part in the various initiatives that CYT has going on.
High School Youth Pursuing Excellence (HYPE) is a leadership training group designed to challenge and guide the advanced students of CYT to be leaders inside and outside of CYT. Getting involved by serving the community around them, continuing to grow as an individual, and committing themselves to excellence in all they do are the core components of this CYT program.

Decathlon Award

The CYT Decathlon Award recognizes exceptional CYT students who have demonstrated a love for theater by pursuing a well-rounded education in the theater arts and who have exhibited a character that is consistent with CYT values. 

The Decathlon Award will be awarded to students, aged 16-18, who have met the following requirements, within the past five seasons:
1. Completion of 2 Music Classes*
2. Completion of 2 Dance Classes (must be different styles)*
3. Completion of 2 Drama Classes*
4. Completion of 2 Specialty Classes (Improv, makeup, technical, costume design, audition workshop, etc.)*  One week of CYT Middle School/High School Camp may be substituted for one class session.
5. Completion of 2 other Classes, any focus*
6. Participation in good standing for 2 years membership in HYPE or documented 40 hours of community service through church, school or civic organization 
7. Participation in a minimum of 10 Productions, at least one as a cast member
8. Participation in a minimum of one Production as a crew member
9. Participation in a volunteer position during 1 CYT Session (such as hair, makeup, concessions, docent, ushers, strike party volunteer, etc.)
10. Completion of a written essay on the topic of CYT values and character. See your Class Coordinator for more details on the essay requirements. 
*A completed class means fulfilling the entire session (with one absence allowed). Repeating the same class does not count as two classes.

For more information, contact our Class Coordinator, Bobby at


The CYT EXPO is an annual celebration of our CYT family. It is a chance for us to bring unity to CYT Affiliates across the country through workshops, gathering, sharing, and more (which includes singing, dancing & performing – we are CYT, after all). The EXPO includes CYT students as well as Affiliate leadership.

The three-day EXPO hosts our national Improvathon competition, HYPE trainings, leadership meetings, and student activities.