Interview with Amanda Jane Cooper, our 2019 EXPO Keynote Speaker!

This year, Amanda Jane Cooper will grace the EXPO stage as our Keynote Speaker! Amanda grew up just outside Philadelphia in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. She holds a BFA in Acting/Musical Theatre from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. On July 31st, 2017 she made her Broadway debut starring as Glinda in WICKED. Almost a year and Continue Reading

11-YEAR-OLD CYT STUDENT IZZY BARTH CHATS WITH CYT ALUM CHARNETTE BATEY

Charnette is currently starring as Angelica Schuyler in Hamilton, and they recently performed at the Boston Opera House. We couldn’t be more excited for her! Congratulations! What is it like playing Angelica in HAMILTON? It’s a dream come true to be in this show and have the opportunity and honor to play not one but Continue Reading

An Open Letter from a New CYT Board

The following is an open letter to the CYT Community submitted by CYT Dallas-Fort Worth Board Chair, Ruth Bennett.   Dear CYT Community, During a recent trip that CYT Founders, Paul and Sheryl Russell, made to Austin, it was the pleasure of the newly-formed CYT Dallas-Fort Worth affiliate to cross their path.         Continue Reading

Resolutions: Do you ask Google or God?

It’s a new year and as we all ushered in 2016 (joyfully or otherwise!), many of us also conjured up a “New Year’s Resolution” or two…or three…. I’m one of those people who tends to phrase my resolutions as “attempts to try.” Example: “I will try to gossip less. I will try to eat more healthily. I Continue Reading

He>I: Dr. Heather LaForge’s CYT Story

In the past 10 years since my CYT story began, I have performed many different roles: CYT Teacher, CYT Director, CYT Artistic Director, CYT Inc’s Director of Operations, & soon, CYT mom. Regardless of my title, I always endeavor to trust in the Lord and let His word guide my action. My name is Heather LaForge, Continue Reading

Advice for Actors about working with Directors

The Samuel French sponsored everything-theatre website Breaking:(Character), recently posted an article (originally from Dramatics Magazine) discussing the “dos & don’ts” of working with a Director. As varied as directors can be in personality, style, & taste, there do exist some basic theatre etiquette truths that actors (young & old) would be keen to observe when working with Continue Reading