2021 Winter In Person Classes!

CYT Portland/Vancouver's Winter 2021 IN PERSON classes are now offered in two parts thanks to our new partnership with Bridgeport Church in Tigard! ACT I, "Shine Your Light", and ACT II, "Keep It Bright".
Starting January 5th ACT I begins at Bridgeport Church, 18080 SW Lower Boones Ferry Rd. Tigard 97224. For 5 weeks on Tuesday & Thursday nights students will have an opportunity to shine their light in a variety of high quality 2 hour classes. Students can sign up for a class on both Tuesday and Thursday if they'd like!
ACT II begins February 16th and will offer classes for your student to keep shining bright. Tuesday & Thursday night classes will be hosted at Bridgeport Church for 5 weeks as well. 
This is a great opportunity for your student to take anywhere from 1-4 classes over the 10 weeks of ACT I and ACT II!
For the first time we are excited to offer a compounding discount program for each family. After 1 student signs up for 1 class the discounts begin. Each additional class registration is eligible for a discount, up to 4 discounts per family. You get to choose ACT I, ACT II, Tuesday nights or Thursday nights, or all of the above, one student or more, whatever works best for your family.
  • 1 Student Registered for 1 Class = $185. Any additional classes for any students in your family the following discounts apply.
  • 2nd Class - Discount $20 = $165
  • 3rd Class - Discount $40 = $145
  • 4th Class -  Discount $60 = $125
  • 5th Class - Discount $80 = $105
CYT Portland/Vancouver is excited to be partnering with Bridgeport Church to provide in person classes for your students! We are committed to following mandated safety protocols and providing a safe environment for your students!

Current Classes:

Class: Age: Chapter: Location: Day: Time: Start: End:
(Act 2 - Thurs.) Beg. Dance - Now Shine Your Light and Dance! 8-14 Portland
(Winter 2021)
Bridgeport Church Thu 5:30pm - 7:30pm Feb 18 Mar 18
(Act 2 - Thurs.) Beg. Musical Theater - Broadway Kids Go to NYC 6-9 Portland
(Winter 2021)
Bridgeport Church Thu 5:30pm - 7:30pm Feb 18 Mar 18
(Act 2 - Thurs.) Int. Dance - Now Keep it Bright and Dance 12-18 Portland
(Winter 2021)
Bridgeport Church Thu 5:30pm - 7:30pm Feb 18 Mar 18
(Act 2 - Thurs.) Int. Drama - Dialogues Part II 12-18 Portland
(Winter 2021)
Bridgeport Church Thu 5:30pm - 7:30pm Feb 18 Mar 18
(Act 2 - Thurs.) Int. Musical Theater 'The Telephone Hour 13-18 Portland
(Winter 2021)
Bridgeport Church Thu 5:30pm - 7:30pm Feb 18 Mar 18
(Act 2 - Tues.) Beg. Drama - Keep Your Stage Bright 7-12 Portland
(Winter 2021)
Bridgeport Church Tue 5:30pm - 7:30pm Feb 16 Mar 16
(Act 2 - Tues.) Beg. Dance - Now Shine Your Light and Dance! 7-14 Portland
(Winter 2021)
Bridgeport Church Tue 5:30pm - 7:30pm Feb 16 Mar 16
(Act 2 - Tues.) Int. Drama - An Old Fashion Radio Melodrama 10-18 Portland
(Winter 2021)
Bridgeport Church Tue 5:30pm - 7:30pm Feb 16 Mar 16
(Act 2 - Tues.) Int. Dance - Now Keep it Bright and Dance 12-18 Portland
(Winter 2021)
Bridgeport Church Tue 5:30pm - 7:30pm Feb 16 Mar 16
(Act 2 - Tues.) Int. Musical Theater - 'The Telephone Hour 13-18 Portland
(Winter 2021)
Bridgeport Church Tue 5:30pm - 7:30pm Feb 16 Mar 16

Current Teachers:

Isabelle VanWetten

Isabelle is a recent high school graduate and CYT alum and is excited to be the newest member of our teaching staff. She has always loved CYT because it's a place where everyone is able to feel accepted and valued. Her extensive experience with CYT's musical theater program, her gentle spirit, and her love for children makes her especially qualified to teach our youngest students. She began CYT at the age of 8 and has participated in over 20 CYT productions. Although she has enjoyed many roles onstage, especially being a principal dancer, she finds crew to be just as rewarding. Isabelle is currently attending Phagan's School of Hair Design and is looking forward to working with the 5-7 year olds as the CYT Our Gang Instructor.

Jay Tatco-Nowak

Jay started at CYT in 2017 as both the musical director for Beauty and the Beast Jr. and a vocal teacher. Since then he has been the musical director for Scrooge, Aladdin Jr. (Vancouver), Peter Pan Jr., and Tarzan. Jay has also continued to teach classes in music, acting, and dance. Alongside teaching and directing, Jay is also a performer. He has performed in Persephone at Bedrock Theatre and in Once at Broadway Rose Theatre. Jay’s background is in Music Performance, with a Bachelors of Music degree from BIOLA University. He also serves as a worship leader/musician at his church and also does film and television acting.

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 children Alexandria and Marcus.

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.

Segie VanWetten

Segie VanWetten has enjoyed being part of CYT since the age of 13. She leveled up to become an alumni in the Fall of 2017 and shortly after became one of CYT's favorite teachers. She has taught Our Gang, jazz, hip-hop dance, has participated on numerous Artistic Teams, Camps, Tech Teams, Stage Management, and has taken on the role of CYT@ School Coordinator. Her love of hair and makeup has allowed her to design for almost every CYT show for the past 8 years. She is currently attending Phagan's School of Hair Design and works for Well and Good Coffee Shop. Her creative, kind, and loving spirit allows her to connect with students, parents, staff, and teachers alike. In her free time Segie enjoys searching Pinterest for makeup and hair design ideas, doodling, and spending time with her family.

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.

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.

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.

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

Konstantin Stanislavski ​​​​​​​


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!


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!


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.