Janie has been involved with CYT since birth! Performing since the age of 4 she has now been involved with over 130 different productions, performing, directing, choreographing, or costuming. Janie studied musical theater at Boston Conservatory and has also done film with ABC, MTV, LXD and Invisible Children. Her true passion is for live theater and the “next” generation training in the ARTS! Janie’s daily goal in life is to love the Lord with all of her heart, soul, mind, & strength and to love her neighbor as herself. Sing. Act. Dance. Live. Create. Play. Laugh. Love.
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Laura comes to us with a diverse background ranging from small business accounting and finance to public accounting with Arthur Andersen LLP. She has worked in the fields of manufacturing, biotechnology, and energy trading and marketing. She received Bachelors of Business Administration degrees in both Accounting and Finance from Texas A&M University and holds a Certified Public Accountant license in the State of California. She is thrilled to have joined the CYT team so that she can use her gifts to make a real difference in the community!
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Paul has an extensive background in the entertainment field for over 30 years. After receiving a Master's degree in Drama and Communication Arts at San Diego State University, he taught at both the high school and college level for 10 years. His writing credentials consist of seven full length children's musicals including Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Tall Tales, and Little Mermaid. Dr. Russell has also written three instructional books on Readers' Theater. He earned his Doctorate in Education specializing in Children’s Theater in 1998 from California Coast University.
Sheryl is the co-founder of Christian Community Theater and Christian Youth Theater and is a former high school teacher. She has been recognized for her business accomplishments through the Channel 10 Leadership Award and by the Women Together organization recognizing women in the arts. Sheryl was honored as Mother of the Year by the March of Dimes. She has been married to her husband, Paul, for 43 years and has four grown children and five grandchildren.
Amanda began her journey with CYT San Diego over 17 years ago! First as a student, then as a teacher, counselor, choreographer, director, coordinator and full-time staff member. Amanda and her husband, Josh, work with Foster Youth in San Diego and have created a Theater Arts Program for Foster Facilities throughout the county. Her two beautiful daughters are now involved in CYT and loving every minute of it!
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Rechelle has been working as the CYT@school Director since 2005. She enjoys using her background in education (she used to teach 5th grade) and her love of theater to help bring performing arts directly to children at their school. Her son, Shaun used to do CYT in SD Central and that’s how she got hooked! Taylor is following in her brother’s footsteps by doing CYT too.
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CYT@school Associate Director
Robyn attended her first CYT drama class at the age of 10. Over the years, she has had the privilege of being a CYT teacher, musical director and camp director. Although her roles within the company change, her admiration and joy for CYT always remain the same. Robyn was the Vice President of Primary Focus which was the nation's largest elementary assembly program. She is a firm believer in what the arts can do for a child's self-esteem and development. Spending time with her husband and 2 children is her favorite thing to do.
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Chapter Coordinator - South County
Erin Kelly has been involved in CYT since the ripe old age of 9. She appeared in San Diego Central's first show and her love for the theater began. She has enjoyed teaching, directing, and looks forward to serving the families in South County as the new co AC. She has two beautiful children, Madilyn and Owen, that she loves and adores to the moon and back! In all of her spare time, she owns her own photography business, Silent Stories Photography. Erin is extremely thankful for the incredible relationships CYT has cultivated in her life and looks forward to all the new friends CYT will bring her way.
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Chapter Coordinator - San Diego East County
Tina has been the San Diego East County Area Coordinator for the past eight years and has been a part of CCT/CYT for over 15 years. She shares a love for theater alongside her husband Robert and four children. Tina enjoys working with kids and watching them learn and grow on and off stage. She feels blessed to be a part of such a wonderful organization. She looks forward to meeting more kids and families, encouraging all who are a part of CYT to follow their dreams, love the Lord, and reach for the stars!
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Show Coordinator - San Diego Central
Melissa became involved with CYT in 2017 when her daughter, Emma, took her first CYT class. During her daughter’s first show, Madagascar Jr, Melissa fell in love with CYT and it quickly became an integral part of her life. A year later, Melissa went on to become one of Central’s Show Chairs, and is now thrilled to move into the role of Show Coordinator alongside her friend, Summer Belous. Melissa has a wonderful husband of 15 years, a 12-year old daughter, and a 9-year old son who is eager to join Crew this Winter. Coming from a background in education, Melissa is passionate about helping students use their God-given talents and abilities to point others to Jesus. “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in song.” Psalm 28:7
Class Coordinator - San Diego CentralSummer and her husband, Misha, have been married 25 years and have 3 children (Katya 20, Nikita 18, Natalya 14) who have all loved growing up as CYT San Diego Central kids. Since 2007 they’ve been a part of 36 shows at Central where Summer served in a variety of Production Team roles: Resident Parent, Prop Mom, Program Designer, and Show Chair. She’s excited to now be taking on the new role of Class Coordinator and to work alongside her friend, Melissa Chapman, to help San Diego Central continue its legacy of being a place where kids feel the love of Jesus, feel at home, are trained well in the arts, develop character, and build lifelong friendships! Philippians 4:4-9
Chapter Coordinator - North County Coastal
Elizabeth is a CYT alumni, and is so thrilled and honored to be now working for this amazing organization. Owner of Posh Paperie (custom invitations) and mom to two precious girls (Felicity and Hailey) - she loves being creative, her Bible study and supper club groups, spending time with her husband and watching her two girls perform with CYT! Having grown up on the CYT stage, she is excited to be on the development side - building the NCC community and continuing her legacy with CYT.
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Chapter Coordinator - Tri City
Laura Bassett began her involvement with CYT San Diego in 2006 when her two oldest daughters started classes and auditioned for their very first musical. After that, the rest of her six children jumped in as they became old enough to audition and take classes. They haven’t missed a CYT show yet! As the Tri-City Area Coordinator, Laura brings an accounting and managerial background along with serving on the production team for several years. She is most excited to work with all of CYT and continue to live out the mission statement of building character one stage at a time. Romans 12: 1-2
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Rentals Coordinator / Production Coordinator
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Danny LaPointe is a CYT alum who has since worn many different hats for CYT San Diego. She’s worked as a teacher, counselor, choreographer, and is now the Camp Coordinator. Danny spent every summer of her childhood going to camps and then spent 8 amazing summers as a camp counselor. Now she loves getting to shape and create the camps for CYT San Diego that kids all over our county can enjoy!
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Production Shop Manager
Rick is the newest addition to the staff here at CYT, but already feels like it’s home. He worked on his M.F.A. in Scenic Design at both San Diego State and Cal State Fullerton before moving up to the L.A. area. While there, he worked at several scenery shops on both films, amusement parks and theater projects, as a scenic artist, carpenter and project manager before most recently moving into the convention and retail arenas. Rick is excited to be back working in his first love - live theater -and grateful for this opportunity to serve the youth of San Diego County. He has been married for almost 30 years to the love of his life, Joy, and has 4 terrific kids and 2 small Chihuahuas.
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Floyd has been involved with CYT since 2005 and is blessed with the opportunity to work in an amazing environment with wonderful people. Accompanied by his wife Rosemarie and four children.
Lynn started working as the Costume Manager for CYT in 2008. She earned her M.F.A. from San Diego State in Theater Design and Technical Production. She has worked at numerous theatres, including The Old Globe and The San Diego Repertory Theatre, as a scenic artist, prop-master and costumer. Lynn has been married for 19 years to her loving husband David and has a precocious senior puppy named Sammy.
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Yoke has been working as a costume seamstress for CYT since 2001. Working as a single mom, she has been able to send both her children to college. She loves caring for her kids and her many plants at home.