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.
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 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.
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 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!
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!
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!
I've been teaching for CYT for six years now and there's no place I'd rather be.
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 has been studying ASL for many years. She has completed ASL 1 through ASL 4 and is currently furthering her ASL education at Grossmont College where she is majoring in Musical Theatre. Gabriela has been in theater since she was 8 years old, working with companies such as Young Actors Theater (YAT), California Youth Conservatory (CYC) and the Coronado Playhouse.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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 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 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.
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!
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!
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.
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 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 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 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!
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!
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!
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!
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 :)