From the windy city of Chicago, Erin brings experience to CYT Wichita as a former CYT student and instructor. Growing up the eldest child in a family of 6, Erin led her siblings into the world of CYT. She performed in many shows, her favorites being Sleeping Beauty and Godspell. During her college years, she sang in both the Concert Choral and Chamber Singer choirs and had the opportunity to be a part of the musical, Songs for a New World, her senior year. Erin earned her BA in Music Ed from Benedictine College in Atchison, KS and currently teaches elementary music at All Saints Catholic School here in Wichita. She directed the music for CYT Wichita’s productions of Robin Hood, Narnia, and Tom Sawyer and loves every minute of working with such talented kids, creative directors, hardworking staff, and supportive parents! Erin considers it a true blessing to be a part of the CYT Wichita family!
Nicole has been a student and teacher of dance for many years. Over the course of the last ten years, she has taught many different dance classes with ages ranging from preschool to college students. Nicole loves the classic and elegant style of Ballet as well as the fun and energetic style of Hip Hop. She has also had the opportunity to be involved in several musicals, with her favorites being “Peter Pan” and “Cinderella.”
Katie’s love for performing began at the age of three when she would don her favorite princess costume and sing along to songs on her tape recorder. Ten years later, she would make her stage debut in a children’s production of Beauty and the Beast, and there was no turning back. In high school, Katie was the president of her thespian troupe and also enjoyed three years of making music with the District and All-State Honor Choirs. Katie is now a senior Vocal Performance major at Wichita State. During her college career she has appeared in several operas, sang in the elite 16-member Madrigal Choir at the Kansas Music Educator’s Conference, and gave a recital of art song favorites. As a junior, Katie was selected as a finalist in the statewide Barbara Rondelli Vocal Competition and was named a Thurlow Lieurance Scholar for Excellence in Music. During the summers, Katie spends her time backstage as the wig and makeup assistant for Music Theatre Wichita and can’t decide which she enjoys more—being onstage or behind the scenes! In her spare time, Katie enjoys reading and writing and taking long walks with her Jack Russell Terrier named Pongo.
Ryan Ehresman, a music theater major at Sterling college, brings passion and energy to any stage. Recently interning with MTW, Ryan is a star on and off the stage. Performing in over 20 music theater shows he continues to grow with individual dance and voice classes. As CYT Island Camp Choreographer, Ryan stole the hearts of his students and challenged them in their own dance.
Keegan has lived all of his life near the city of Wichita. Keegan grew up and went to school in Augusta. From an early age, Keegan loved getting to dance and be a part of a choir. In the summer of his eighth grade, Keegan got the opportunity to be a part of a new theater group as he participated in the first CYT camp, Broadway Kids. He fell in love with CYT and musical theater and went on to participate in 10 shows. He also got to help with a couple of shows at his high school with his favorites being “High School Musical” and “Seussical.” Keegan is now in his final year of school at Wichita State University where he is pursuing a Bachelor in Education aspiring to be a middle school teacher. He is excited to be back at home and share some of the knowledge that he learned!
Jacob has had a wide range of dance training and experience as a dancer with the Magnificat! – America’s premier Christian ballet company and the Friends University Dance Department. Officially “retired” from his professional dancing career, and with a degree in Communications from Newman University, Jacob currently works at Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center as the Sales & Communications Manager.
Caroline is a Wichita native who has grown up participating in CYT Wichita. While she has been in college she has been blessed with opportunities to choreograph for Andale High School, CYT West Summer Camps and be an assistant to the director for CYT’s 2016-2017 Winter Show, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. She is currently a Sophomore at Butler Community College studying Theatre Education and is on vocal scholarship where she participates in Headliners Showchoir. Caroline is excited to be able to deepen her relationships with the students of CYT and to help them grow in their love for the theatre!
Dean started as a dad with a lot to learn about theater. With over 25 years in youth ministry, he quickly gleaned experience with lights, sound, dramatic presentation and stage production . Closing in on a decade with CYT, his passion for living outside the box and desire to encourage students to do the same opens the door to drama done differently. Dean’s involvement with CYT includes serving as the Technical Manager for several productions, leading our HYPE group and teaching several types of CYT Core and Advanced Drama classes.
Lisa is currently a student at Friends University majoring in Theatre and English Education. She has been performing in musical theatre since she was seven years old and is proud CYT Wichita alumni! You may have seen her as Lucy in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Sour Kangaroo in Seussical, or Ms. Hannigan in Annie! She has since returned to CYT Wichita as an assistant director, stage manager, and now a drama teacher. Recently, Lisa had the opportunity to assistant direct and choreograph the fall musical, Snoopy!, at Friends University which was an incredible learning experience. Lisa is excited to work with CYT students and help make theatre a powerful and life changing experience for them, as it was in her life!
Madeleine grew up in a small town where she began taking dance lessons at the age of three. She acquired the majority of her training at her local studio, Kingman Dance Center, under the instruction of Tim and Jordan Hegler. In 2007, Sarah Bennett became the new owner and director of KDC and completed Madeleine's training until her graduation as valedictorian from Kingman High School in 2013. During her time at KDC, Madeleine attended the Dance Revolution Convention and summer workshops by Friends University and Ballet Emmanuel. She also performed variations such as Aurora from Sleeping Beauty. In 2014, Madeleine joined Kingman Dance Center's staff as an Assistant Instructor where she helped teach the fundamentals of ballet, tap, and jazz. She currently resides as the Tumbling Instructor. Madeleine also returns as a guest artist performing variations including Lilac Fairy from Sleeping Beauty, Medora from Le Corsaire, and Juliet from Romeo and Juliet. Madeleine recently graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet and a minor in Biology from Friends University under the primary instruction of Stan and Sharon Rogers. She currently resides in Wichita, KS taking classes while seeking God's direction and calling. ?At Friends University Madeleine worked with a variety of choreographers including Dominic Walsh, Shawn Stevens, James Wallace, Melonie Murray, Nick Blaylock, Stan Rogers, and Sharon Rogers. Madeleine has performed in a variety of ballets including The Nutcracker, Les Sylphides, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Firebird, The Great Plains, Blue Diamond, and others. She has trained vigorously in ballet and has also taken many jazz, tap, and modern classes. Her academic pursuits include Dance History, Medical Terminology, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Anatomy & Physiology.
A 2017 graduate of Friends University, Amy is excited to be involved with CYT! During her time at Friends, she performed in nearly 20 plays, operas, and musical productions and particularly benefited from the instruction of Dr. Charles Parker. Her favorite recent roles include Millie in Good News, Jezebel in The Rain Game, Penny in You Can’t Take It with You, and Rosie Alvarez in Bye Bye Birdie. Along with acting, Amy has directing, teaching, and stage management experience - last fall, she served as the Intern Director for CYT's White Christmas as well as teaching acting. This semester, she will be the Assistant Director for Hello, Dolly! and will again teach Core Drama. One of her favorite Bible verses is Ephesians 5:1 - "Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us..." Soli Deo Gloria!
As a young teenager Cherie was deeply inspired by the amazing Gene Kelly and aspired to become an artist of his caliber. Her passion led her to study the performing arts, taking many classes in voice, dance and drama through high school and college and graduating with a degree in Music Theatre from Friends University. Mission-minded with a desire to make an impact for God in media and theatre, Cherie is excited about future opportunities to use her artistic creativity. Having written plays and novels, she hopes to share them with others while offering family-safe entertainment. Cherie has taught dance and drama classes for CYT.
Bob has appeared in over 40 theatrical productions, some of which include Oliver, Anne of Green Gables the Musical, Prince Caspian, Brigadoon, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Barefoot in the Park, and Bye-bye Birdie. He has also done film, television shows, commercials, print work and training videos. Bob began his acting career on stage during high school, continued with Community Theater, and finally became a professional actor in 2009. He has a minor in Theatrical Arts and has studied and practiced both Stanislavsky and Meisner acting methods. Bob also taught Theater Arts at the Middle and High School level and is an acting coach for a Christian talent development company.