Andrew has been a musician for more than half his life, predominantly as a guitar player. Music developed a strong affinity for songwriting and, in 2012, he began studying theatre collgiately at Santa Monica College. Eventually, transferring and graduating in 2017 from UCSD. Since graduation Andrew has developed as a local artist and theatre practitioner. He has been a part of 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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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!
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.
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
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 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!
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 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 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 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.
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 has been involved with CYT since she was six years old. She has been in over 20 MainStage productions. She's currently attending Grossmont College studying musical theatre and child development as well as working for CYT as a Teaching Artist and 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 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 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!
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 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 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 has been involved with CYT since she was ten years old, but has been performing on stage since she was three. She performed in 24 CYT productions over the years. 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 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!
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!