Current Staff Members:

Linda McGinness, Artistic Director

Linda received her BA in Elementary Education at Wichita State University. She studied Theater and Voice at Kansas University, Friends University and Wichita State and has taught vocal music for 8 years. She is a composer and lyricist and has enjoyed a career as a vocal solo artist nationally in both secular and Christian venues. Linda has performed professionally in music theater as well as directed, choreographed, and scripted over 25 musicals for regional schools and churches. Circumstances and time created a new chapter and Linda was encouraged to investigate the possibility of bringing Christian Youth Theater to Wichita. As she visited CYT in other cities, she realized the impact for Jesus it offers communities and was captured by the motto, “Developing Character…one stage at a time.” A vision caster at heart, Linda has been at the helm of launching CYT in Wichita; watching God raise His gifted people in our local community affirms the reality, “This is His.” Linda and her husband, Tim, attend First Evangelical Free Church and have 4 children and 11 grandchildren.

Caroline Whiteside, Class Coordinator

Caroline Whiteside is a Wichita native who has grown up participating in CYT Wichita. She has been blessed with opportunities to choreograph for Andale High School, Douglass High School, Andover Central High School, CYT Wichita Summer Camps, and CYT Wichita Enrollment Shows. Caroline was also an assistant to the director for CYT’s 2016-2017 Winter Show, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. She studied at Butler Community College and graduated with an associate degree in Secondary Education and was on vocal scholarship where she participated in Headliners and was one of their choreographers. Caroline is excited to deepen her relationship with the students of CYT and to help them grow in their love for the theatre!

Sheryl Owings, Show Coordinator

Sheryl was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas and is thankful to be raising her family in her hometown. Sheryl was involved in swimming, volleyball, softball, track and pom pom growing up. Sheryl graduated from The University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She lives in west Wichita with her husband, Rich, four kids and two dogs. When her girls wanted to get involved in theater it was a new experience for the family. Little did she know, seven years ago when her girls started taking classes at CYT, it would lead to her becoming the Wichita Area Show Coordinator. It has been great fun learning all that goes into producing a musical. It has been a great joy watching her daughters grow and develop their talents one stage at a time. She feels so blessed and honored to be working with the families of CYT Wichita.

Cheryl Doeden, Office Administrator

A native of Wichita, Cheryl Doeden has been a part of the fine arts community from an early age. Trained on the viola, she participated in Wichita Youth Orchestras during junior and senior high school. She graduated from Tabor College with a Music Performance degree in viola and a minor in voice. She has played with the Wichita Symphony for many years. It was at Tabor that she met her husband-to-be, Brad. Since then, she took on the new roles of mother and homeschool teacher to eight children, and more recently grandma to 11 and counting. Gratefully, in 2009 she saw her prayers for CYT to come to Wichita answered. She and her family have been involved with CYT ever since in various ways. Cheryl has played viola for CYT shows and served as Props Chair and Show Chair. She and her family are active members of Evangel Presbyterian Church.

Lisa Paine, Assistant Class Coordinator

Lisa has been at CYT Wichita since 2009, performing in the first show, “Robin Hood.” In 2011, she began college at Friends University and graduated in 2016 with degrees in English Literature and Theatre. While studying at college, she assistant directed, directed, wrote a one-act, and performed in multiple shows. Her journey with CYT began as a student, but has since included roles such as stage manager and assistant director. She had the opportunity to be the director for the 2015 “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” and 2018’s production of, “Annie.” Directing “Annie” was a particularly special experience as she portrayed “Ms Hannigan” in 2011 as her senior show with CYT. Recently returning from spending 3 months at a missions and leadership school in England, Lisa is excited to rejoin the CYT community and continue sharing her love of acting and directing with the kids. Lisa has also worked with the at-risk youth community in Wichita through Legacy Ministries leading summer camps that promote worth and identity in Christ through the arts. She is honored to have the opportunity to work with the students to tell a story that will impact and influence both them and the surrounding community. In everything she does, she wants to bring the love that Jesus has for us all. To God be the Glory, great things he has done.