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.”
Keri grew up in Andover the youngest of 5 children and was raised in a large loving family. She enjoyed performing in local theaters such as MTYP, Wichita Children’s Theatre, WSR Signature theater and later, Friends University, where she obtained her BA in Music Education. Her favorite roles include The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods and Snoopy in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Keri has taught music classes for Encompass Theater and is Kodaly Level 1 Certified. Keri is an Elementary Music Teacher for USD 259 and is happy to join the CYT team where she is looks forward to sharing her passion for singing and theatrical arts with the community.
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.
Kim was been active in drama since Junior High, and has directed many church dramas and musicals, along with several productions for CYT. She feels very blessed to be allowed to be involved in this wonderful ministry where she has watched children thrive as they use their God given talents in a safe loving environment. She is loved and supported in this venture by her dear husband and five children ages 4 to 20 years which share her love for theatre and God.
Angela Loganbill was born in Wichita, KS and grew up in Pratt, KS. Her love of music was visible from a young age when she performed in school shows and concerts. Growing up in Pratt she enjoyed taking voice and piano lessons as well as performing in local theatre shows with Pratt Music Theatre. She graduated from Friends University in May 2012 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. She currently enjoys teaching private voice lessons, singing and touring with the Singing Quakers, and in her free time likes to watch movies with her roommates and read. In addition to teaching classes for CYT she also serves as the Student Conductor for the Singing Quakers, is the Music Director at her church, and works in the box office at Friends University. She is excited to be teaching at CYT and for the opportunity to work with such amazing students!
Dean attended Friends University as a Business/Sales Management major and gleaned experience with lights, sound, and stage production in his continuing role as the Logistics Director for Stuck in the Middle, a National Middle School event ministry. His passion for life and youth and a natural at improvisation, Dean lives outside the box and has fun in nearly all situations. Dean’s involvement with CYT includes serving as the Technical Manager for several productions and teaching CYT Core 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!
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.
Monica graduated in 1999 from Wichita State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education, emphasis in piano. She taught K-5th grade music in Wichita before heading to New York to study acting. While there, she worked in television securing a commercial spot for American Movie Classics and landed a role on Guiding Light. She welcomed an incredible opportunity to act and be involved with a dynamic Off-Broadway Christian theatre company. After marrying her husband, Monica returned to Wichita and taught K-5th grade music at Cessna Elementary. Most of Monica’s childhood was immersed in music and theater. Those years were of great value to her, so she is truly excited for the opportunity to work with the CYT students and watch them grow in confidence and ability as they explore creative expression in performance. Currently Monica is enjoying a maternity leave with her first born son, James Sawall.
Karen absolutely believes every child has inherent musical talent and is continually amazed how God can use music and the performing arts to enrich our lives and faith! She has devoted her teaching career to help young people find and develop their voices and gain-confidence as they learn, share, and perform beautiful music. Although this marks her 20th year teaching choral music at Maize USD266, she has worked with singers of all ages in a variety of community, church and school settings. Known for her high energy and innovative teaching style, Karen frequently serves as guest director and clinician of honor choirs and music festivals throughout Kansas. She was the 2004 recipient of the Outstanding Middle Level Educator by the Kansas Music Educators Association, and has served on the state boards of KMEA and the Kansas Choral Director's Association. Karen studied music and theatre at Bethel College and the University of Illinois - Champaign-Urbana. She lives with her husband (a wonderful tenor who she met on stage!) and three daughters-Kristina, Cassie and Kayla - who also are big fans of CYT!
A long heritage of gifted devoted musicians provided a rich training ground for Kristina. In high school, and college she enjoyed singing in select groups. Kristina has begun her first year of teaching elementary school and continues to freelance as a choreographer, choreographing over 20 high school shows or camps. Kristina was the choreographer for CYT’s “Tom Sawyer” fall of 2010 and “Pocahantas” fall of 2011.
Joella is currently a senior at Wichita State University and will will be graduating with her BFA in musical theatre this December. She is very excited and grateful to have the opportunity to work with the students of CYT. Joella has been performing in shows and choirs since she was very young. In college, she has had the wonderful opportunity to sing in A Cappella choir, Madrigals, and Concert Chorale at Wichita State as well as perform in many musicals and operas there. For the past two summers, Joella has been performing and perfecting some technical skills at Brownville Village Theatre, a true repertory style summer stock theatre in Brownville, NE. Last fall Joella also got the opportunity to perform at Mosley Street Melodrama here in Wichita and had a blast. Some of Joella's favorite roles include: the Old Lady in "Violet"; Polly in "There Goes the Bride"; Lucy in "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown"; Isabelle in "Pirates of Penzance"; and Hope in "Urinetown."
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.
Donna, born and raised in Wichita, KS, became involved with CYT through her younger sister who had participated in several CYT shows. Donna graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Friends University and is currently teaching music at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School to Kindergarten through 3rd grade and 7th and 8th grades. She has always loved to sing and is currently the Music Director at Christ Community United Methodist Church. Donna is excited to continue her relationship with the CYT community and loves working with these amazing students!
A native Kansan from Valley Center, Sarah comes from a family of musicians where performing comes naturally. During high school she was involved in choir, drama programs, and enjoyed four years as a member of the dance team. Having studied jazz, tap, and hip hop, she is currently a sophomore at Butler Community College on vocal scholarship where she continues her training in performance in the Headliners Show choir. As an Elementary Education Major, Sarah feels very blessed to work with the amazing students at CYT and in the future hopes to combine her love for children with her desire to become a freelance choreographer.
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.