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 for CYT Indy. How did that opportunity come about?

CYT Indy had an amazing Artistic Director before myself, Angela Manlove. She was amazing. However the Lord called her and her husband to Boston. Upon her departure, the position became available and gratefully the Board of Directors felt that I was the best fit for the job after reviewing my resume and my involvement with CYT students and families.

What did you do prior to coming on at CYT?

Locally, I was a director for high schools and other independent groups. I also worked for a company where I traveled the country auditioning and developing talented actors, models, singers, and dancers that have a desire to perform for God. It kept me pretty busy, and to be honest…I was on a plane every weekend going to a new city. I actually still do it every now and again, just not as much.

Tyler with the CYT Indy Tour Group singing the national anthem at an Indiana Fever Basketball
Tyler with the CYT Indy Tour Group singing the national anthem at an Indiana Fever Basketball

Do you have kids? If so, are they involved in CYT?

NO! Hahaha! No children. All my CYT babies are enough for me! However, I REALLY want a cocker spaniel. That’s like a kid….right?

What has been the most unexpected thing so far about your role?

You know, going into every job, I think we enter thinking, “How can I make things better?” or “How can we change and make things more efficient?” Those are good thoughts to have because we should have that mindset. However, I never expected CYT to change me so much! I’ve grown so much not only with business skills but also spiritually. The Bible says, “So as iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend” (Prov. 27:17). And CYT Indy has continued to sharpen me and make be better as a person, inside and out! 

At the 2014 CYT EXPO with CYT Inc's (L-R) Dr. Summer Moshy and Dr. Heather LaForge
A CYT Inc sandwich! Tyler at the 2014 CYT EXPO with (from left) Dr. Summer Moshy and Dr. Heather LaForge

I’m assuming every day is different, but what does a typical day (or week) look like for you as the Artistic Director?

You are correct! Every single day is different. No day is like the other. I don’t know about other affiliates, but here in Indy, there is no such thing as typical! Some days are full of meetings and others are full of rehearsals and exciting classes. We like to keep everyday new and fresh!

Preparing to sing the national anthem at an Indianapolis Indians baseball game
Preparing to sing the national anthem at an Indianapolis Indians baseball game

What’s your favorite show?

By far…The Lion King! I absolutely LOVE the show. It’s also my dream to be in the show one day. I don’t really believe in setting extremely huge dreams, because I really do enjoy living and allowing God to direct me…however, THAT is a dream!

I really, really appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions! I officially confirm the rumors that you’re amazing. 


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