Current Teachers:

Andrew Shane Walters

Andrew has been a musician for more than half his life, predominantly as a guitar player while also playing percussion, piano, and french horn at an early age. All of this music developed a strong affinity for songwriting. This passion lead Andrew into musical groups that did a great deal of non-union touring all over the states, Canada, and Europe. After consistently touring for six years Andrew decided to pursue another passion developed in high school, acting. In 2012, he began studying theatre and more recently graduated (2017) from UCSD with a B.A. in Theatre. Since graduation Andrew has began to develop himself as a local artist and theatre practitioner. He has been a part of several local theaters including: OnStage Playhouse, Coronado Playhouse, the Lyceum, and the OB Playhouse. He has been with CYT since 2016 and couldn't be more excited to continuing teaching and learning!

Anna Lettang

After growing up within the NCI CYT family, Anna Lettang is elated to have a chance to give back to the CYT community by teaching classes and being a Musical Director. Additionally, Ms. Lettang works as a local music teacher and chorister. Ms. Lettang graduated from Otterbein University in 2017 with a Bachelors of Music Education, where she learned how to teach music classes of all kinds. She is passionate about helping adolescent singers navigate their changing voices and feels every person deserves the chance to learn how to sing.

Bethany Allen

I started working with CYT Temecula in 1990. It's pretty obvious that I love it! I tell everyone I work as a manager with Vons Company Inc. to pay the bills and I work with CYT to fill my heart. I grew up doing theater and show choir in school and I traveled with Celebration Singers during college. I married the love of my life, settled down in Temecula and had kids. Then God put CYT in my path, and I helped start Temecula CYT. I continued training in the theater arts; directing, script writing, acting, theatrical fencing, stage fight directing, makeup design, and Improv. CYT has helped to strengthen my relationship with Christ, and given me wings. It is my hope to be a light in the darkness and to love and encourage others, through Jesus Christ.

Bethany Slomka

Bethany has been teaching and directing for CYT since 2012 after having grown up in the program since she was 8! Bethany has been performing professionally since 2010 and has been seen in numerous productions in Southern California. Bethany was most recently seen as Tracy Turnblad in "Hairspray" at San Diego Musical Theater. Bethany is passionate about the transformative power of the arts and loves sharing her excitement with her students and peers.

Bianca Simpson

Hi, my name is Bianca! I love playing the piano and all things music, riding my horse, and reading a good book on a day off. Teaching kids is a passion of mine, and I hope to one day have a career as a international aid or non-profit worker.

Brittany Lindsay

Brittany began her CYT career almost 30 years ago as an Our Gang student, was in over 20 CYT productions, and has taught CYT classes. She currently teaches at an Arts school in East County where she directs a show choir, as well as the spring musical. Brittany is thrilled to return to CYT as a teacher after several years. CYT has always held a special place in her heart, and she is looking forward to singing and dancing with amazing CYT students!

Caitlin Davey

Caitlin Davey has been a CYT kid since birth and couldn't feel more blessed to be a CYT teacher now! She has studied dance, acting, singing, improv, a little extra Improv, and a peppering of stage tech. She is so excited to share everything she's learned with her amazing students! Matthew 5:16

Cara Filley

Cara Filley recently graduated with a BFA in Music Theater from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and is excited to be teaching for CYT! She has grown up with this company and has performed in over 30 productions. She is thrilled to be sharing her love for musical theater with the next generation of performers!

Christine Cordova

Christine started her Theatrical Career as a Make-up artist, serving many years in CYT and CCT. She raised four daughters in CYT, they were affectionately known as The Friel Girls. Following many years of teaching CYT, she taught and directed musical theater/drama at The Rock Academy and Young actors Theater. Favorite directing credits include Godspell, Joseph, Peter Pan, Willy Wonka, Wizard of Oz, Beauty & The Beast, and most recently Shrek The Musical. Christine looks forward to this session with your talented kids!

Dallas McLaughlin

Dallas McLaughlin is a writer and performer for the Emmy-winning Yo! Gabba Gabba! and The Aquabats! Super Show! He's also worked as a consultant for Disney Television Animation, Nickelodeon, and Fox Sports. A professional standup comedian who's performed with Norm McDonald, Louis CK, Dave Attell, Jeff Garlin, Sklar Brothers and many more. He recently won San Diego's Funniest Person Contest, and has been featured on FoxRox, Tonight in San Diego, and was a DJ on FM94/9 for over seven years. Dallas has spent over two decades on stage as an actor, award-winning playwright. and director. In his spare time, Dallas likes to eat burritos, and talk to his wife about her dislike for Harry Connick, Jr.

Danielle Broyles

Danielle is a musical theater professional and has performed all over San Diego in musicals with Moonlight Stage Productions, Lawrence Welk, San Diego Musical Theatre, Starlight, Temecula Valley Players, New Village Arts, and has worked as a performer at both Sea World and Disneyland. While she loves to perform, her passion is bringing the theatre arts to the youth. She has worked all over San Diego for the past 21 years teaching, choreographing and directing with Christian Youth Theatre, North County School of the Arts, Cathedral Catholic High School, Maranatha Christian School, Carlsbad Community Theatre, Christian Community Theatre, and The Star Theater. Danielle is a National Youth Arts award winning director and choreographer with her work on Music Man with North County School of the Arts and Thoroughly Modern Millie at CYT!

Emily Bruning

Emily Bruning has been working with CYT since Fall 2016 where she first started with CYT@school after school programs. She has since worked with CYT@school residencies, and additionally has joined Main Stage at NCC workshopping classes, including Auditions and Musical Theatre. Emily is passionate about pursuing what she loves most in this world, which is why she went to school and graduated in 2018 from San Diego State University with a BA in Theatre Arts and minor in Child and Family Development. Her wish here at CYT is to inspire each child she works with to see not only their potential in theatre and life, but also to unveil the beautiful gifts that theatre can inspire in someone young or old: understanding, creativity, and courage.

Emmanuel Young

I've been teaching for CYT for six years now and there's no place I'd rather be.

Erin Vanderhyde

Hi, my name is Erin. This is my second session with CYT at school. Graduated with a BA in theatre and a minor in Music.

Faith Rhoads

With a passion for all things involving children, theater, and the Lord, Faith is thrilled to be a new member of the CYT Family! Having worked with children for over 7 years and pursued her love acting for over 4 years, she cannot wait to show your kids the love of the Lord through the amazing art of theater! Having once been a quiet introvert herself, she is so excited to introduce your kids to the exciting, loving family that theater is. Let the Adventure Begin!

Felicia Gutierrez

Felicia is a keyboardist, music arranger and choir director. She received her BA in Music from the University of California San Diego and her MA in Teaching from San Diego Christian College. Her musicianship and teaching philosophies are largely based on the language of music and its purpose to bridge an international community. Since 2013, she has used this model to share music alongside the gifted people of Haiti. Although she has only been directing music for CYT since 2018, Felicia has been working as a musician and music teacher since 1997! She also teaches keyboard and choir classes and arranges a majority of the music that her classes perform. Outside of her career, Felicia enjoys running a small horse ranch with her husband and two kids in the rural hills of San Diego.

Gabriela Jentzsch

Ms. Gaby has been dancing since she was 6 and has been doing theater since she was 8. She fell in love with theater and quickly started to do as many shows as she could. She has worked with many theater companies across San Diego Including The Coronado Playhouse, and Onstage Playhouse. She is currently getting her degree in Musical Theater at Grossmont College. She is so thrilled to be able to pass on her years of experience to the younger generation and to experience their growth into the beautiful community of theater in San Diego or wherever life may take them.

James Wigdahl

James got involved with CYT as a student in 1982, appearing in many great character roles like Charlie Brown and Captain Hook. He began running sound for CCT productions in 1990, and teaching tech classes while showing kids how to run sound for CYT shows. James now lives in North County with his wife Jessica, where their two kids are students at CYT Tri-city, where James helps with tech for their shows. While serving on CYT's board of directors, James maintains a day job as an accomplished technologist and real estate investor.

Jasmin Haddad

Jasmin Haddad has been teaching for CYT for two years now and has recently completed a dual degree program in Neuroscience and Theatre from the University of San Diego. She hopes to continue teaching theatre arts all over San Diego. She has also worked as an actor and as crew from multiple professional companies in San Diego and plans to continue along that path as well.

Jennifer Crumrine

Jennifer is passionate about all things theater. While growing up in Northern California she studied Tap, Ballet, and Jazz. She has continued to dance throughout her adult life. Currently, she is a substitute ballet teacher at New West Ballet in San Marcos and is a Props Mom for CYT NCI. Although her first love is dance, she has grown to appreciate Musical Theater as she watches her daughters grow through their experiences with CYT.

Jessica Hubbard

Hello, My name is Jessica and this will be my 2nd year with CYT. I graduated from SDSU with my bachelor of Music with an emphasis in voice and I am very excited to be back in the fall!

Joshua Pontsler

Joshua has been teaching and directing with CYT since 2007. He has his degree in Theatre Arts from the University of San Diego. While he has enjoyed his time performing, most of his time in theatre has been spent backstage as a director and designer for companies throughout San Diego. He is excited to be teaching with CYT again and looks forward to challenging kids in the arts.

Kaede Muller

Kaede is a former CYT student who loves theater, and is so excited to be working with CYT this year! In 2017 Kaede received the McCandliss Rising Star Award, awarded through the City of Chula Vista and was the Jr. Host of Bonitafest.  He was a four-year member of BVHS’s Vocal Music Department and the award-winning Music Machine.  He has performed in multiple Bonitafest Melodrama’s, CYT’s Addams Family as Uncle Fester, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown as Pig Pen, The Little Mermaid Jr. as a sailor and a Cratchit kid in Scrooge the Musical.  He participated in Sweetwater Kids Theater through Sweetwater Valley Community Church and is now an Intern Director for the program.

Kara Lee

I love children! They are so much cooler than grown ups. I would like to say I am 7 inside- but that doesn't make for good classroom management... So, I am an almost 40 year old that likes to pretend she is 7, when it is appropriate to do so. I have been in the production world my entire life, and spent over 12 years in full-time ministry at a church producing and directing musicals for kids of all ages. Here in San Diego, I sing in a worship band, and a blue grass band. I sing whenever I possibly can. Loving life with my three babies (not babies anymore) and my amazing husband, Logan. We love CYT!!!

Katie Park

I am Katie Park the tap teacher for Winter 2020 session! I have been tapping since I could walk and have competed my whole life. I love to teach and perform all types of dance, but tap is my personal favorite! I am looking forward to this opportunity to spread the love of art, theater and dance.

Landen Baldwin

Landen is an actor, improviser, writer, and improv teacher. He recently returned to San Diego, and CYT, after getting his bachelors in Linguistics and Theatre at UCLA. He now performs and teaches with LEGOLAND California and Old Town Improv Company through the Encinitas School District, in addition to teaching and directing with CYT. He has a lot of real good thoughts about art and life, and he hopes to one day end this bio with them.

Lex Bezdeka

Hello All! I'm a theater artist and educator. I have taught and drected in America and China. I love musical theater! I have training in ballroom, hip-hop and jazz. I specialize in character development and stage pictures. My favorite musical is Hairspray! "The difference between a cow and a bean is a bean can begin an adventure!" - Into the Woods

Liz Norling

Liz is a retired theater teacher. She has taught all age groups; from preschool through adults. Most recently, Liz taught drama for eight years at at a Fine Arts Magnet School in Peoria, Arizona where she taught kindergarten - eighth grade. She also directed two shows a year and ran a theater camp for fourth-eighth grade students each summer. Besides her training in theater education, Liz has extensive training through the John F. Kennedy Center, where she became an Arts Integration Specialist within her school district. Along with teaching theater, Liz worked with classroom teachers to integrate arts strategies within the academic curriculum for all grades. Liz is married to Troy, a pastor at Legacy Church in Tierrasanta. They've been married for thirty years! Her son, Caleb is 22 years old and performs with Arms Wide Open in El Cajon! Liz loves to write and direct plays and is obsessed with true Crime!

Maria Saradpon

Maria has been performing in San Diego since 2003 and teaching since 2012. She is a CoSA Musical Theatre alum with a BS in Child and Family Development from SDSU. She strives to serve the Lord in all she does, especially through her vocation of wife and mother. She is very excited to be teaching her first session here at CYT and can't wait to meet your little ones!

Melissa Farlow

Melissa is a 1st grade teacher within Chula Vista Elementary School District. She is an Aztec for Life with her multiple subject teaching credential and Bachelor's degree in Communication from SDSU. During her time at SDSU, she was a part of the comedic improv team Iota Eta Pi. Melissa is also a member of Joke & Dagger, one of National Comedy Theater's house improv teams. She hopes to share a positive exciting theater experience with your child.

Micah Burog

Micah has over 10 years of experience in child care and has been with the CYT family for over a year now. She graduated at San Diego State University with a degree in Child and Family Development with a Theatre Arts minor. Her love for music, theatre, and dance started at a very young age and hopes to continue her passions through helping others grow. She currently works as a Pre-K teacher as well as a CYT@school Teaching Artist! She loves working with all the young actors and looks forward to many more CYT@school showcases!

Missy Bradstreet

Missy Bradstreet has been working with theatres all over San Diego for the last 17 years. You may have seen her wig and makeup design at MOXIE, San Diego REP, New Village Arts, Lamb's, Diversionary, Canyon Crest Acadamy, UCSD Department of Theatre and Dance, and many more.

Nancy Casey

Nancy has been a part of CCT from the very beginning, playing the part of Mother Superior in the first Mt. Helix production of Sound of Music. She has music directed for CYT for over 20 years, and enjoys building live bands and conducting from the keyboard. She also teaches CYT classes, and has a special passion for the "Our Gang" kids. Nancy has been a music educator, from the classroom to private piano and audition coach. She enjoys leading worship, choirs and playing for various churches through the years. Her greatest joy is her family, husband, Craig and three adult children and an adorable grandson. Grateful to the Lord for her CYT family, she plans on joining in the fun till she no longer can see the notes on the page!

Nia Hilton

Nia Hilton has been involved in San Diego theatre as an actor, playwright, stage manager, and light designer. With her B.A. in Theatre Arts and English Literature from San Diego State University, Nia has taught theatre at over 20 local schools spanning elementary, middle, private and public schools. She believes that authentic and empathetic storytelling plays a key part in a person's development and understanding of themselves and the world around them.

Nicole Bild

Nicole has performed with CYT since she was a kid and is excited to be teaching! Nicole has taught summer camps as well as various Wiggles and Our Gang classes. She has a passion for kids and is completing her child and adolescent development degree at university. She looks forward to working with all of your beautiful children and sharing her love for theatre. See you there!

Oceana Morisoli

Oceana is a graduate of SDSU with a B.A. in Theater Arts. She has worked for professional theater companies in San Diego and enjoys sharing her passion for theater to the next generation of young actors.

Raymond Kazules

Raymond is a recent graduate from UC San Diego with a BA in Theatre Arts. He has acted in dozens of shows both in school and out, in places like SeaWorld, The San Diego County Fair, The Vine Theatre, and others. He has performed in several children's touring shows throughout San Diego during his time in school, and he is excited to get to work directly with kids once again! Raymond specializes in the art of Theatre Mime, character acting, and Comedy on the stage.

Robert Albright

Bobby has been teaching for CYT since 2012. He has directed/choreographed for multiple productions in the last 7 years. He has a BA in Behavioral Neuroscience and a Master's degree in Healthcare Administration.

Robyn Rebold-Smith

Robyn has spent many years Teaching, Musically Directing and Directing for CYT. She currently works as the Associate Director for the CYT@school program. For many years, in her late teens and early twenties, she spent time touring the country performing assembly programs for High School and Elementary School students on character and positive choice making. She has produced many gospel albums and loves using her talents that the Lord has given her to serve Him and others. She is married to her husband Scott and has two beautiful children, Hope & Silas.

Ryan Tafolla

Ryan Daniel Tafolla is a performer, director and musician from San Diego. A 2017 Graduate at Musicians Institute LA for guitar performance, Ryan got his start in performing with Christian Youth Theater, totaling 33 productions before graduating. He can be found playing on Sunday mornings as the Worship Director and youth group leader at Newbreak Ocean Beach, as well as gigging with his surf rock band Dive Vibe. Ryan has served as a director, musical director, orchestra member, production manager, teacher, and improv coach at CYT San Diego, and loves helping to give kids a similar experience with theater that he had being a part of this fantastic program.

Ryanna Marsh

Ryanna is newer to CYT but already loving it! She grew up performing all over her small city home in central California and went on to study Musical Theatre in university where she discovered her love for Stage Management. She graduated with her BA in 2015 and went on to stage manage at SeaWorld San Antonio, TX. She is very excited to be back in her favorite state and thankful for the opportunity to teach with CYT so she can share her passion for the stage with kids of all ages!

Samantha Occhino

Hi! I've been with CYT since January 2017 and I love it! I recently just graduated from UCSD majoring in Theatre Arts where I was able to direct 3 of my own productions and assistant direct on one graduate department show. I've worked with multiple theatre programs for kids in the past and I've always enjoyed it, so working as a Teaching Artist for CYT is an absolute blast!

Sarah Ball

Sarah Ball has been involved in CYT since she was six years old. She has been in over 25 productions. She has been a Class Aide for MainStage CYT classes, a CYT@School Teacher and a CYT Summer Camp Counselor. Sarah truly enjoys sharing her love of musical theatre with the younger generation and is thankful for the opportunity to work with your kids!

Sergio Contreras

Sergio started out CYT as a student and by the time he finished his last show he knew he had to come back and help. So, now he's back as a teacher and excited to teach kids all there is about theater!

Shannan Rebold

Shannan Rebold is a CYT/CCT alum dating back to 1997. CYT changed her life, and was the catalyst for Shannan to come to know the Lord, and also meet her future husband, Ryan. She has three children, Jack, Parker and Sutton. Shannan has been away from CA for 15 years and is excited to be back in her home state, and teaching with CYT again. While she was away, she continued to teach and perform in a professional theater capacity. She was also a drama teacher, choreographer and director for 6 years at local schools in the cities she lived in. She has been a vocal performance coach, and still continues her 18 year career as a freelance makeup artist. Shannan is a huge advocate for the arts and drama-based instruction in the traditional classroom, and has had the privilege of instructing teachers on how to implement these tools with their students. Shannan's favorite thing is to help students find a place of belonging in the theater, and help nurture the talents they have all been given by our Creator!

Sherisa Oie

Sherisa Oie is a dance teacher, choreographer and arts administrator with life-long experience in the performing arts. She trained seriously in Russian ballet before branching out to musical theatre, modern and jazz dance in her late teen and college years. After graduating with a degree in Arts and Entertainment Management, Ms. Oie worked with University of the Nations' School of Dance Studies as staff, teacher, choreographer and eventually Program Director. She has also choreographed for musical theatre productions and bridal shows, danced for independent choreographers, and taught around the world. Ms. Oie most recently worked as the Program Coordinator for Dance Education at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. She moved to the San Diego area in September 2019 for her husband's work and to be closer to family, and is so excited to be teaching for CYT!

Siena Savary

Siena Savary spent every semester of her schooling at St. Martin of Tours Academy performing as a student with CYT @ school. Now she loves helping to teach young students to learn and grow the way she did! She has been a Teaching Artist since 2018 and is hoping to teach for many years to come. Her love and enthusiam for all the arts has been her passion since she was old enough to carry a tune, and is why she pursued majoring in the arts as a college student.

Taylor Fox

Taylor Fox is a music and theater professional, working throughout San Diego County. She attended Anderson University for Vocal Performance and History, graduating with a Bachelor's in 2014. Taylor holds a Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction from Concordia University, and is currently working on her Doctor of Education in Curriculum Design at Liberty University. Taylor teaches for numerous theater companies and schools in San Diego, aside from her private students. She is an experienced live show Director and Musical Director- sometimes auditioning for shows herself! Taylor has a huge passion for music and a heart for teaching!

Taylor Rowe

Taylor is new to CYT but not new to teaching or acting! Her love and enthusiasm for theatre and kiddos has only grown since her time with CYT. She can't wait to begin this session with your littles!

Teagan Lisama

Teagan Lisama has been involved with CYT since she was ten years old, but has been performing on stage since she was three. She performed in 23 CYT productions before graduating. In the past, she has aided several Main Stage classes and interned at summer camps for several years. She is excited to share her love of theater with the kids.

Tyler Tafolla

Tyler Tafolla is a San Diego/LA based musical theatre writer and actor. He is a recent graduate of AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Los Angeles with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Tyler is the writer and creator of "Scott Robbins and the Traveling Show," a new musical that has had performances in both New York and Los Angeles. He also just recently wrote and performed his own one-man-show this summer in Hollywood called "Catching Up!" where he wrote and performed his own new songs! Tyler is a seasoned performer at Sea World San Diego and has been working there for the last seven years. Tyler grew in the CYT program and has worked for CYT as a director, teacher and camp counselor!

Valeri Walker

Vivian Romero

Vivian has been involved with CYT since she was eight, and it was where she found her passion for musical theatre. After graduating from the CYT stage, she worked as a camp counselor and teaching artist through CYT while simultaneously enhancing herself through her education at San Diego State University, majoring in Theatre Arts. She strives to instill confidence, courage, and courtesy in all of her students through arts education, and she is stoked to share her passion for musical theatre with her students!

Winter Bassett

Graduated from Vanguard University in 2016 with a BA in Musical Theatre. Am currently working professionally in the Orange County area as a teacher and performer. Grew up doing CYT and love it with all of my heart... very thankful to be back :)