“Expo captures and magnifies the soul of CYT.” Interview with CYT and HYPE Alumnus, Jensen Kirkendall

Lydia Kinne, National HYPE Advisor, recently had the pleasure of interviewing Jensen Kirkendall, former CYT Santa Cruz student and originator of the now-popular phrase, “Awkwardly Closer than Family,” about his past experience with the CYT EXPO. Jensen has attended four EXPOs in all three capacities – as a HYPE student, an Improv student, and as Continue Reading

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Be Excited About HYPE at the 2015 Expo

Thanks to National HYPE Director, Lydia Kinne, for the following info: Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Be Excited About HYPE at 2015 EXPO: 1. You will probably find your new best friend there. Just ask Shannon Sullivan and TJ Simms who found each other & became “new best friends” at Expo 2014! No, but seriously – Continue Reading

The Benefits of Arts in Education and CYT@school

As a mother of 2nd grader attending a public school in Seattle, WA, I regularly wonder about the arts education my daughter is (or is not) receiving at school. I’m blessed that my daughter’s school includes of a community of arts-minded parents who volunteer their time and knowledge to the students, to ensure that the arts Continue Reading

8 Reasons to Work for CYT – by Sarah Preston, CYT Santa Cruz

After 10 years of working with kids, I can honestly say I have never been more challenged and inspired than during my time with CYT Santa Cruz. It has changed the way I think about kids, artistry, families, and ministry. Here are my 8 Reasons to Work for CYT 1. CYT makes you laugh Once Continue Reading

Q&A with CYT Indy’s Artistic Director Tyler Hutchinson

To know him is to love him. Tyler Hutchinson is the (new-ish) Artistic Director for CYT Indianapolis, and he recently sat down with me to talk about how he became a part of the CYT family, the scope of his job, and his big dreams (which are both centered around animals). Intrigued? Read on! You’re the new Artistic Director Continue Reading

HYPE students are taking action this fall!

There are a million reasons to love HYPE. They’re CYT teens from around the country who are dedicated to pursuing excellence by taking on leadership roles and getting involved in the community around them. And now, their HYPE passion is about to explode all over the country this fall! Which give us all the more reason Continue Reading