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. Ms. Lettang recently graduated from Otterbein University 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.
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.
Hello! My name is Bethany Odegaard, and I am passionate about music, theater, and the arts. I have been involved in music my whole life, specifically in voice, piano, and guitar. I teach piano, voice, children's choirs, and lead worship at my church regularly. I graduated from SDSU with a degree in Liberal Arts, and received my Master's Degree from National University in Reading Specialization. The best part about my life is my faith in Jesus, and my family - my husband, Matt, and my 4 children.
Bethany has been teaching and directing for CYT since 2012 after having grown up in the program since she was 8! Bethany is also on staff as a Branch Administrator for San Diego Central, San Diego South County, and North County Inland. 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.
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 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!
Carolyn began her journey with CYT at the tender age of eight, performing in CYT Central's very first production. Over the years she has had the privilege of being a CYT teacher, director, and camp counselor/administrator. Although her roles within the company change, her admiration and joy for CYT always remain the same. Carolyn holds a B.A. in English, and a teaching credential from the University of San Diego. Theater and education are her two passions. She is a firm believer in what the arts can do for a child’s self-esteem and development. Her favorite thing is to spend time with her loving husband and sweet little girls.
Hi! My name is Cassidy. I have been involved with CYT now for 8 years. I have had a long history of dance, I started dance when I was 4 years old and grew up dancing competitively. I started as a student in CYT in 2010 and went on to choreograph my first show in 2017. I have also been in CCT's production of Traditions of Christmas as a kick line dancer since 2010. I am very excited to be back teaching for CYT!
I graduated from UCSD with a Bachelors in Music. I play sax,sing, and dabble with piano. I recently have entered the theatre world and I'm glad I can continue that journey with CYT@schools!
I started my Theatrical Career as a Make-up artist, serving many years in CYT and CCT. I raised my four daughters in CYT, they were affectionately known as The Friel Girls. After teaching for many years in CYT, I began teaching/directing at The Rock Academy and Young actors Theater. Favorite directing credits include Godspell, Joseph, Peter Pan, Willy Wonka, Wizard of Oz, and most recently Shrek The Musical. I have fond memories of my years at CYT, and I'm happy to be returning!
Danny LaPointe is a CYT alum who is so excited to help teach the next generation of CYT kids. She has been involved in theater and dance since a very young age and can't wait to share her knowledge and skills with her students. She has several years experience as a dance teacher at Neishas Dance & Music Academy, Selah Groove Dance, and CYT. She is currently the Artistic Director of Sweetwater Kids Theater, and she has a Bachelors Degree of Eduction from San Diego Christian College. Let's get dancing!
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.
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!
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.
Hello, My name is Jessica and this will be my second session with CYT. I just recently graduated from SDSU with my bachelor of Music with an emphasis in voice and I am very excited to be back in the fall!
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!!!
Mom, Wife, Dance Teacher and Pastor to College Students at SDSU. Dance, Music and Theater have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I have been working as a dance teacher and choreographer for the past 15 years and have loved every second of it.
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.
Linda has been teaching and directing for CYT since 1990. She studied Speech and Theatre at Grossmont College, performed with various community theatre groups, performed with Old Globe Theatre/USD MFA program, and trained and performed with San Diego Theatre Sports for 2 ½ years as well as directed their youth program. She has taught a wide variety of theatre classes in San Diego, written curriculum, directed summer camp programs with Christian Youth Theater, has had VAPA certification and training, and taught Improv at San Diego Christian College. She is married and has 3 children who all grew up doing CYT.
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!
Olivia Tafolla has grown up in Christian Youth Theater starting at the age of four. She has taken over 35 CYT classes and has performed in 32 full stage productions. She has worked at CYT summer camps and she loves working with kids. CYT has a special place in her heart and she can’t wait to teach the beauty of the arts to a new generation of performers this year.
Rachel Mantuano grew up in Orange County, where she studied classical ballet for 15 years. Through her dance career she performed on both stage and street; being cast in multiple productions of The Nutcracker as well as a Disneyland Parade Dancer where she was featured as Belle. After attending UCSD to become an elementary school teacher, Rachel continued her love of dance by working for the Visual and Performing Arts Department of SDUSD. There she developed and implemented curriculum in both dance and theater for K-6th grade. When she's not teaching dance, Rachel enjoys spending time with her children, Noah & Keira. She is very thankful for the opportunity to work with CYT and share her love of the performing arts.
Raelene is excited to be teaching with CYT, she has been involved with CYT South County on and off stage for many years. She holds a Bachelors degree from San Diego State University in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Children's Theater. She also revived her teaching credential in 2017 and now teaches Performing Arts at a public school in Chula Vista.
Robert Nickel's theater career was launched at the tender of 9 when he played the part of "the Doctor" in Sunset View Elementary's adaptation of "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing". A member of the Point Loma High Thespian Society, he went on to Stanford University where he was active with Ram's Head Theatrical Society, was a founding member of the "Spontaneous Generation" improv troupe, and earned a B.A. in Theater with a concentration in directing. He has also studied with Bay Area Theatersports in San Francisco and the ImprovOlympic in Chicago. He was introduced to CYT by his daughter whose own passion for theater was ignited at age 4 in "The Wiggles". You may also know him as "The Voice of O.B. Kiwanis" from the annual O.B. "Howl-a-ween" carnival.
Taylor has over 50 commercial credits and has performed in television and professional theater over the past 8 years. He has trained and studied method acting under Carey Scott of the Rehearsal Room in San Diego and on-camera acting under Tom Logan. He is the father of six beautiful and talented children who have all been involved in CYT since 2006. He is excited to bring his experience and knowledge to students who desire to learn the craft of acting on camera.
I am so excited to be teaching in Central again. I've been involved with CYT South County for 9+ years. Anytime I am a musical director or teacher, I can think of no better blessing than to share my musical theater expertise with the talented children I get to teach. I have been married 28+ years to my wife, Jill, and have four wonderful children. Between Emilie and Joshua, they have been in 35+ shows, so as you can see, I am entrenched in the CYT culture. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to mentor your children. Blessings, Tony Powers
Valerie Hobbs attended East Carolina University where she studied a BFA in dance and musical theatre with a concentration in modern and jazz dance. She has had the privilege of studying jazz under Jay Norman, an original movie cast member of West Side Story which means she had the honor of learning Jerome Robbins jazz techniques from someone who studied directly under Jerome Robbins. She has spent the last 20 plus years teaching master classes and competition dance at various studios all over the US. During college she worked for Eastern Cheerleading and Dance Association as a lead instructor and as a member of the curriculum staff. She is currently the Performing Arts Teacher for Scholarship Prep Charter School for ages TK through 8th grade. Valerie was selected and performed in the Hula Bowl in 1994 and 1995 and had the honor of great roles such as Erma in Anything Goes, Milly in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Sandy in Grease. She also had the privilege of being the Co-Director of the Children’s Theatre at USCB and the choreographer for the USCB Theatre Company. When she is not sharing her passion for dance and theatre, Valerie enjoys playing softball, and spending time with her husband Mike, retired United States Marine Corps, and her twin daughters, Kaitlyn and Alison (Freshman at Cal State Fullerton) and her son Zach (Freshman at OCSA).