About CYT Programs

Get involved in CYT beyond the stage! CYT has many programs in place that foster theater arts in the community and we’d love for you to take part in the various initiatives that CYT has going on.


CYT wants to ensure that students everywhere have an opportunity to experience the wonderful world of theater. CYT@school is a low-cost after school or residency program that supports performing arts training in public and private schools. The after school program consists of eight weeks of drama, voice, and dance training. Residency programs are offered during the school day and are customized to the individual school and their program needs. All participating students perform in a fun, literature-based showcase at the end of the session.


High School Youth Pursuing Excellence (HYPE) is a leadership training group designed to challenge and guide advanced CYT students to be leaders inside and outside of the theater. HYPE holds regular meetings and plans social events, fundraisers, and service projects for CYT and the community. High school students interested in participating must go through an application process and commit to serving in HYPE for one year.


Christian Community Theater (CCT) is a place for kids and adults to take the stage together. It started as a production of The Sound of Music in San Diego in 1980. The purpose was to provide a stage for aspiring performers in San Diego’s local churches. Today various CYT Branches across the country continue to mount CCT productions.


The Improvathon is an annual comedy improvisation showcase and competitive theater event for CYT students. It provides a chance for students to showcase their talents, think on their feet, and step out of their comfort zones. Teams from all over the country get together each summer to compete at the CYT EXPO.


The CYT EXPO is an annual celebration of our CYT family. It is a chance for leaders and students from CYT Branches across the country to come together to equip, play, and connect through workshops, gathering, and sharing. The EXPO is open to CYT students ages 12-18 and Branch leadership. It hosts CYT’s national Improvathon competition, HYPE trainings, leadership meetings, and lots of play.