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. Most of the classes are small to insure personal attention and growth.

At the end of a CYT session, students will come away with improved skills in the area of emphasis. During the last week of class, a high-energy showcase is presented by each class to demonstrate to other students, family, and friends what they have learned.

Current Classes:

Class: Age: Chapter: Location: Day: Time: Start: End:
CYT@School: Fall 6-14 CYT@school
(Fall 2019)
CYT@School: Horizon Elementary/Middle School Tue 3:00pm - 4:30pm Sep 10 Oct 29
Milwaukie: Dance - Non-stop, Hip Hop 7-18 Portland
(Fall 2019)
Portland: The Bridge House in Milwaukie Thu 5:30pm - 7:30pm Sep 05 Nov 12
Milwaukie: Drama - Make 'Em Laugh 7-18 Portland
(Fall 2019)
Portland: The Bridge House in Milwaukie Thu 5:30pm - 7:30pm Sep 05 Nov 12
Tualatin: Dance - Non-stop, Hip Hop 8-18 Portland
(Fall 2019)
Portland: Horizon School in Tualatin Tue 4:45pm - 6:45pm Sep 03 Nov 12
Tualatin: Experienced Dance - Hairspray 12-18 Portland
(Fall 2019)
Portland: Horizon School in Tualatin Tue 4:45pm - 6:45pm Sep 03 Nov 12
Tualatin: Intermediate Drama - Sharing Shakespeare 12-18 Portland
(Fall 2019)
Portland: Horizon School in Tualatin Tue 4:45pm - 6:45pm Sep 03 Nov 12
Tualatin: Our Gang - Step in Time 5-7 Portland
(Fall 2019)
Portland: Horizon School in Tualatin Tue 4:45pm - 6:45pm Sep 03 Nov 12
Tualatin: Practically Perfect Props 9-18 Portland
(Fall 2019)
Portland: Horizon School in Tualatin Tue 4:45pm - 6:45pm Sep 03 Nov 12
Tualatin: Sing with Passion 8-18 Portland
(Fall 2019)
Portland: Horizon School in Tualatin Tue 4:45pm - 6:45pm Sep 03 Nov 12
Tualatin: The Wonderful World of Drama 8-12 Portland
(Fall 2019)
Portland: Horizon School in Tualatin Tue 4:45pm - 6:45pm Sep 03 Nov 12
Vancouver: Intermediate Acting Intensive 12-18 Vancouver
(Fall 2019)
Mill Plain United Methodist Church Mon 5:30pm - 7:30pm Sep 09 Nov 18
Vancouver: Musical Theater - Triple Threat 6-18 Vancouver
(Fall 2019)
Mill Plain United Methodist Church Mon 5:30pm - 7:30pm Sep 09 Nov 18

“Love art in yourself, not yourself in art.”
 


Konstantin Stanislavski ​​​​​​​

More on CYT Classes

Christian Youth Theater may produce incredible, Broadway-style musical theater, but at our heart we are an educational organization. Our purpose is to help childeren and adults grow in character, discovering their God-given gifts and becoming the best they can be.

Curriculum

CYT offers a wide variety of classes, and they all enable students to gain valuable theater arts training, develop confidence, and make friends!

There are currently over 50 different curriculum materials available in a variety of musical theater areas. Please note these classes vary per session. Check the Classes page to see what’s available now!

Showcase

Parents, friends, and relatives are invited to attend CYT's Showcase performance on the last day / evening of classes, free of charge! Showcase is the grand finale of each session of classes, at which every class makes a 5-10 minute presentation of something they have learned and rehearsed during the session. Don't miss the action!

Teachers

A CYT Teacher’s mission is to train and instruct students in such a way as to promote the development of character, self-esteem, and confidence. CYT teachers are qualified and experienced in the area in which they teach. They have been trained in the CYT methods of instruction and agree with the CYT values and outcome goals.  All CYT teachers have been background checked and adhere to our CYT Mission and Values. Our teachers truly care about their students and provide a constructive and fun environment for them to learn.
CYT is pleased to offer financial assistance to families who would otherwise not be able to participate in our programs. Click below for our scholarship application. Once the application is completed, please submit it to mfordice@cytportlandvancouver.org.

Current Teachers:

Etsegenet VanWetten

Segie VanWetten has enjoyed being part of CYT for 7 years. She leveled up in Fall of 2017 and is ready and challenged for the new roles she will have in teaching.  Favorite roles include Miss Hannigan in “Annie Jr.” , Tiger Lily in “Peter Pan", and most recently Feather Duster in  “Beauty and the Beast Jr.”.   She has accomplished 15 productions with CYT. In her free time Segie enjoys makeup, hair design, and doodling. She is super excited to have the opportunity to be the Our Gang teacher this session.


Jay Tatco-Nowak

I started teaching at CYT last year as a teacher for Vocal Technique. I also served as the Musical Director for Beauty and the Beast Jr. and Scrooge. I am the Worship Leader at Horizon Community Church - Lake Oswego campus. My musical background is in Vocal Performance, with a Bachelors of Music degree from BIOLA University. I also have a background in stage and film acting.


Kelly Pierce

Singing is an expression of the heart! From a very young age, Kelly was encouraged to express her love for the Lord through vocal music. In college, she met her husband and they began the journey of full-time pastoral ministry. In that 25 years of ministry, Kelly taught High School Choral classes, directed children’s musicals and opened a private voice studio for advanced students. She participated in many community choirs and learned from the best conductors and voice experts in the country. She uses these proven techniques to help people of all ages to feel confident and prepared to praise the Lord in whatever ways He opens for them. Since moving to Portland five years ago, Kelly takes care of clients as a client care director for a top real estate broker. She has sung with the Portland Choral Arts Ensemble and now Cantico Singers. She was introduced to CYT when her son, Gavin, showed an interest in drama. She is excited to work with students of all skill levels to enable, motivate and inspire excellent vocal performance.


Lisa Allison

Lisa has been dancing and preforming since she was very young. She received a BA in theatre performance and theatre administration from Whitworth University. She has studied numerous styles of dance including ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, hip-hop, swing, ballroom, and latin. Since graduating, she has been active working with professional and community theatres in the Portland and Salem area stage managing and choreographing. She believes we were all made with the ability to dance, and with a little practice and instruction, we can create something very beautiful through movement. For Lisa, dance is a joyful expression of the soul, and she is excited to share that joy with others. When not working on a production, she enjoys going on adventures with her husband, Kyle, and their daughter, Alexandra.


Sandy Shaner

Sandy Shaner has been involved with the performing arts for 40 years. She studied both Dance and Early Childhood education at PSU, in addition to her training through multiple dance academies, including The Portland Dance and Northwest Dance Academies. Sandy has been an instructor of both drama and dance and is currently in her 21st year at Lake Oswego Academy of Dance. She also enjoys choreographing musical productions for schools in Portland, but most of all she loves being a part of the CYT family, where her dance background and her love of Jesus come together.


Shelby Walden

I am passionate about empowering young artists! I have more than a decade’s experience working with children of all ages - I’ve taught four year old's stage combat, served as artistic director for a traveling college theater company, and watched live theater build confidence and transform lives. I graduated from Moody Bible Institute with a BA in Communications, emphasizing in Theater, in May 2019. I’m thrilled at the chance to put my degree to work at CYT!


Sta'Cee Godard

For Sta'Cee it all began with a small part in a church play as a young kid, and slowly developed into a true excitement for drama and theater. Since then Sta'Cee has had the opportunity to be on the stage and behind the scenes in numerous productions. But her favorite roles in life include being a wife to her husband and mother to her 4 precious kids. She has worked with youth of all ages in church ministry for 25 years and has found that no matter the age group; drama and role playing have served as incredible tools for teaching. She truly delights in helping kids experience and understand God's love in such a fun and creative way.


Theresa VanWetten

Theresa VanWetten is the Artistic Director for CYT Portland. Her passion for the arts began with her first Portland Park and Rec ballet class at the age of 5. She received her dance training through grade school and high school at Eckel's School of Dance in Sherwood and Anita Pienovi's School of Dance in Beaverton. At the University of Oregon Theresa was privileged to study dance under Susan Zadoff and Janet Descutner. She was a Thespian of troop #2833 at Tigard High School and continued acting in college and community theater. She coached and choreographed for various Oregon High Schools including, Tigard, Tualatin, and Clackamas, which gave her a wide range of experience working with students. She was a Blazer Dancer for 3 years and coached and choreographed the Portland Forrest Dragon Cheerleaders for 3 more years. At June Taylor School of Dance Theresa taught beginning, intermediate, and advanced dance for 6 years. She has been married to her best friend Ray for 32 years and they have 9 children and 4 grandchildren. As a follower of Jesus Christ, her greatest desire now is to help promote the arts in a safe, loving, and professional environment so students can develop their own passion for creativity and find their worth from God's perspective at the same time.