REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR OUR WINTER SESSION!!!

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:
Horizon Christian CYT@School - Inconceivable Scenes from The Princess Bride! 7-16 CYT@school
(Winter 2019)
CYT@School: Horizon Elementary/Middle School Tue 3:00pm - 4:30pm Jan 15 Mar 19
Milwaukie Crew Bootcamp 101 12-79 Portland
(Winter 2019)
Portland: The Bridge House in Milwaukie Thu 5:30pm - 7:30pm Jan 10 Mar 12
Milwaukie Drama: Honest Acting 7-18 Portland
(Winter 2019)
Portland: The Bridge House in Milwaukie Thu 5:30pm - 7:30pm Jan 10 Mar 12
Milwaukie Improv Team 15-18 Portland
(Winter 2019)
Portland: The Bridge House in Milwaukie Thu 5:30pm - 7:30pm Jan 10 Mar 12
Tualatin: All that Jazz! 8-18 Portland
(Winter 2019)
Portland: Horizon School in Tualatin Tue 4:45pm - 6:45pm Jan 08 Mar 12
Tualatin: Intermediate Tap 12-18 Portland
(Winter 2019)
Portland: Horizon School in Tualatin Tue 4:45pm - 6:45pm Jan 08 Mar 12
Tualatin: Level 47 - Intermediate Drama 12-18 Portland
(Winter 2019)
Portland: Horizon School in Tualatin Tue 4:45pm - 6:45pm Jan 08 Mar 12
Tualatin: Mission IMPROVable 8-12 Portland
(Winter 2019)
Portland: Horizon School in Tualatin Tue 4:45pm - 6:45pm Jan 08 Mar 12
Tualatin: Our Gang: Lost Boys and Fairies - A Neverland Adventure 5-7 Portland
(Winter 2019)
Portland: Horizon School in Tualatin Tue 4:45pm - 6:45pm Jan 08 Mar 12
Tualatin: Sing with Style! 8-18 Portland
(Winter 2019)
Portland: Horizon School in Tualatin Tue 4:45pm - 6:45pm Jan 08 Mar 12
Vancouver Drama: Honest Acting 9-18 Vancouver
(Winter 2019)
Vancouver Main: Firmly Planted Family Home School Resorce Center Mon 5:30pm - 7:30pm Jan 07 Mar 11
Vancouver Fly Back to the 40's: A Tap Class 9-18 Vancouver
(Winter 2019)
Vancouver Main: Firmly Planted Family Home School Resorce Center Mon 5:30pm - 7:30pm Jan 07 Mar 11
Vancouver Musical Theater: Pan vs Hook: A Neverland Adventure 5-8 Vancouver
(Winter 2019)
Vancouver Main: Firmly Planted Family Home School Resorce Center Mon 5:30pm - 7:30pm Jan 07 Mar 11

“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.


Marc Schelske

A big tech geek from way back, and CYT fan, Marc is excited to be teaching this session's Tech Bootcamp. With more than 25 years of production tech experience, and 3 years working with the nuts and bolts of CYT as the managing director, Marc knows how it's really the stage crew and tech team that bring the magic of CYT shows to life. Marc's also a writer, pastor, and CYT dad to Emerson and Lucas.


Myronie McKee

When not ironing her husband's tube socks Myronie loves to act, direct plays, write them and laugh while people succeed and fail at improv. On her way to having a ball in the theater world she got her Master's in Divinity, took classes at Second City, lived/preached/surfed in Hawaii, pastored in the Silicon Valley, traveled the world and somewhere in there, gave birth to a couple of humans who bring her endless joy (when they're not squabbling). 😂 She loves to help kids shine on stage and in life.


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.


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.


Steve Wilent

In 1979, Steve Wilent left a promising Hollywood acting career to attended Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Bible in 1984 and went on to graduate with a Master of Divinity from Western Seminary in 1987. During these years Steve continued to perform using the dramatic arts to powerfully communicate spiritual truth with humor and relevance. After pastoring a church in a rural community, he moved with his family to the Portland area to help start a brand new church that was committed to using the performing arts as an integral part of worship and outreach. For the next 12 years Steve served as the Creative Arts Director at South Hills Community Church as well as co-leading the children’s ministry. For five years, 2004-2009, Steve was Artist in Residence at Salem Alliance Church in Salem, Oregon. He directed a talented team of actors who performed in the adult worship services. Over 6000 people attended the annual Christmas productions. In 2002 he joined Master’s Image Productions, as an associate actor, writing and producing one-man shows that have humor, heart and spiritual impact! Steve’s style is authentic, energetic and real! Steve is a published author, screenplay writer, film, television and radio actor and teaches workshops on acting, writing, improvisation and creativity. He has travel with his ministry, performing and teaching, to both Africa and India. He enjoys the outdoors as well as music, theatre, films, good books and great food! With a grin, he will proudly tell you that he has performed with Blue Man Group in London and that film director George Lucas once paid him to not be in one of his movies! In addition to performing, one of Steve’s biggest passions is writing. He has written hundreds of scripts for use in churches as well as writing for the screen. Some of Steve’s scripts are published by Lillenas Publishing and can be purchased through their website. Steve’s scripts are also available online at Master’s Image Productions.


Suz Ruddock

Susan Ruddock is excited to be celebrating her 35th year with The Skylark Tappers! When Suz took her first Interpretive Dance class from Sr. Jeanine Therese, she knew she found her passion for dance. That passion parlayed into a lifetime of diverse dance forms: modern, ballet, tap, jazz & musical theatre. In 2010, Suz was chosen as a local Rockette to open the Radio City Rockettes’ show in Portland. Over the years, Suz honed her tap skills by interacting with Cholly Atkins, Brenda Buffalino, Honi Coles, Linda Sohl-Elison, Fred Strickler, local tap master Terry Brock & countless other tap masters. Suz enjoys engaging in theatre as an actor, singer, dancer, choreographer or assistant director with over 40 shows to her credit. Her most recent venture was Disney’s The Lion King for Kids.