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.
Jody joyfully homeschools her five children, who she spends many hours singing and dancing with. She has loved musical theater for as long as she can remember. She brings years of teaching experience with her where she taught fine arts and PE & third grade and she also directed summer camps and afterschool programs for the YMCA. She has loved CYT from the first time she experienced her first show and she is excited to be part of the CYT team.
Katy started dance at age 2, and at 10 she found home in CYT San Diego and grew her passion for theater and dane there. Katy attended a performing arts Middle School, and San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts High School. From there she attended Grossmont College for Dane and Musical Theater. Katy started teaching dance at CYT San Diego when she was 18, while also performing for local theaters and San Diego City Ballet. At 19 she traveled with Up With People, and then choreographed her first CYT show. Recently, Katy spent 5 years in Central Texas working with CYT Waco. She taught several dance and theater classes, and camps of all ages and skill levels. While with Waco, Katy also choreographed 8, and directed 2 shows. "I can't wait to be a part of the CYT Portland/Vancouver Family!"
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.