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Who We Are
CYT is a non-profit 501(c)3 educational organization which is funded primarily through its tuition, ticket sales and outside contributions.

What is CYT?
Christian Youth Theater is an after-school theater arts training program for students ages 4-18. Since its founding in San Diego, CA in 1981, CYT has grown to be the largest youth theater with 31 branches in the nation. CYT Indy started its program in the fall of 2009. CYT Indy is so proud to be a part of such a fabulous national organization and is thrilled to see this program here in Central Indiana.
CYT stands in the forefront in its commitment to the highest ethical, moral, technical and artistic standards of excellence. Instructors are professionals, qualified in teaching and/or performing and must understand  our mission statement, values, objectives and goals. All CYT Staff strive to be Godly role models.

Mission Statement
Christian Youth Theater develops character and creativity in kids of all ages through quality theater arts training that brings families and communities together while reflecting the Creator.

  • Treat each individual with respect and significance
  • Develop character traits including discipline, self-confidence, and integrity
  • Bring families together through the use of individual talents and abilities
  • Share the love of Christ in word and deed
Our Triple Threat
  • Character - We look to the person of Jesus Christ as the perfect and ultimate example of character. At CYT we want to grow in Christlike character through all that we do. This is our foundation as an organization.
  • Culture- Our culture is vibrant, imaginative, inclusive, and uplifting. Though CYT may not be for everyone, everyone is invited, and all are welcome.
  • Craft -We produce quality productions, classes, and camps holding a high standard of excellence in everything that we do.
Statement of Inclusion
Christian Youth Theater, Indianapolis does not and shall not discriminate.  This includes, but is not limited to, discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and educational offerings. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students and their families, volunteers, contractors, and vendors.

Hate speech--any form of communication that attacks, threatens, degrades or insults a person or group based on their race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation or gender variance--has a harmful impact on our community and will not be tolerated. 

The safety of CYT Indy students, staff, and community is our highest priority, and we have
several protocols in place to ensure this safety. Our staff and contractors are instructed to
report every incident/suspicion, no matter how minor it may be.

CYT Indy is constantly exploring, evaluating and strengthening our protocols, and we will continue to work tirelessly to protect our students and families against harassment and discrimination.

CYT Indy was founded in 2009 by the following families:
John & Tricia Welsch
Jay & Karen Boughner
James & Peggy Davis
Denise Klima
Matthew & Carin Hines
Bill & Cindy Hannah

CYT Indianapolis

Mailing Address:
1950 East Greyhound Pass, Ste. 18
Carmel, IN 46033

Phone: 317-721-2497

Contact Us

Current Staff Members:

Stefanie Knickrehm

CYT is one of Stefanie's favorite things in the world. She joined us in the spring of 2018, after several years as a CYT parent. Her current role is Show/Class Coordinator. In her spare time she loves reading, doing puzzles, watching way too much TV, and spending time with her two daughters. CYT has been such a blessing in her life and she loves spending time with all of the families and staff.

Kim Drake

Kim was introduced to CYT in 2017 through her daughter's participation. She fell in love with the family style community that she experienced at CYT, and was so grateful when she was asked to be a part of the CYT team! In her spare time Kim loves to spend time with her family (doing whatever), volunteer at church, and of course watch the incredible CYT shows!

Amy Barnes

Amy is thrilled to join the CYT staff as production/ticket coordinator after being a CYT parent for the last 4 years. She loves CYT and the expanded family it has given her. Amy enjoys spending time with family, her dogs and looks forward to working with everyone to help make sure the show goes on!