Julie Hunt began her journey with CYT North Idaho when her daughter wanted to audition for the first show, a tour group of A Christmas Carol. They only had one other boy audition and were worried whether they could actually make this first show a reality. She brought her two boys and CYTNI has been a staple in our community ever since. For two of her kids, the performing bug has never left. Julie was the bookkeeper from 2008 to 2013 and then again beginning in 2017. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting and is a retired CPA. She also is a Certified Biofeedback Specialist and helps people manage stress.
Jessica Belisle is ecstatic to be joining the staff of CYT North Idaho as the New Artistic Director! Jessica is a CYT Spokane Alumna, her love for theater started when she was 8 years old and she saw her first CYT show (Sleeping Beauty)! Jessica studied History and Theater at Carroll College in Helena Montana and has been working with CYT since 2011 as a Production Intern, Intern Artistic Director, HYPE Advisor, Camp Director Teacher and Director! Jessica firmly believes that through theater arts education a student can develop greater self awareness, empathy, discipline, teamwork, focus, passion, joy and confidence! Her goal is to cultivate an environment where every class, every production, every interaction, allows each student passing through CYT’s doors to feel, included, uplifted and inspired. She hopes that the vibrant CYT culture will build each student’s skills and provide opportunities for those skills to be grown! Jessica thanks the CYT board for the opportunity to work with this remarkable program and she can’t wait to get to know each and every one of you!
Bonnie has a degree in Vocal Performance and Communication. Bonnie has acted for over 17 years in many community theater company's including CCT, and has 20 years of dance. She also has worked with children in many compacities including teaching, directing, and coaching. Her love for the Lord and kids is why she is here. "God gave us these talents, let's use them for His Glory. It's all His stage."
Bonnie has a Degree in Vocal Performance and Communication. As a Vocal Performer her most memorable performance was by far her two trips to Carnegie Hall. Bonnie has acted for over 17 years in many community theater company's including Magenta Community Theater in Vancouver WA, Grace Community in Houston TX, CCT, Coeur d' Alene. She has over 20 years of dance; her favorite form of dance is Hip Hop, and Ballroom. She has also worked with children in many capacities including teaching, directing, and coaching. Her love for the Lord and kids is why she is here. "God gave us these talents, let's use them for His Glory. It's all His stage."
Brandon Miller has been living in CDA his entire life. At first he didn't have any interest in the arts. He enjoyed stories though, and his brother saw that and pushed him to see a performance. After the performance he fell in love. He did what ever it takes to be in any of the shows. He has competed in many drama competitions placing fourth for a solo serious entry and eighth for a Ensemble Humorous entry. Brandon has taken a few classes for acting and is excited to be teaching Comedy!
Erin Allsup is a CYTNI alumni. She was introduced to this organization back in 2011 and has been in numerous shows in the area. Audiences might remember her as the Ghost of Christmas Future in A Christmas Carol and Fiona in Shrek the Musical She studies dance at Northern Dance Academy and has been dancing since a young age. She has helped assist CYT summer camps in the past and has even helped choreograph one. Erin is very excited to get the opportunity to teach children her passion.
Halle Schmitt is ecstatic to be teaching Our Gang! She joined CYT in 2015, with her first show being "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang." Other past CYT performances include: Emily in "A Christmas Carol" and Dragon in "Shrek the Musical." She has performed with different local theaters. Was last seen as Holly in "The Wedding Singer" with LCP and Yonah in "Children of Eden" with ACT. She has been in professional traveling educational shows and is currently working on another one. Make sure to catch her in her last CYT show in "Godspell" as a Disciple! Halle can't wait to teach your child about how fun theater can be!
Jessica Belisle is ecstatic to be the new Artistic Director of CYT North Idaho! Jessica is a CYT Spokane Alumna, her love for theater started when she was 8 years old and she saw her first CYT show, Sleeping Beauty. Jessica studied History and Theater at Carroll College in Helena, Montana and has been working with CYT since 2011 as a Production Intern, Intern Artistic Director, HYPE Adviser, Camp Director, Teacher, and Director. Jessica firmly believes that through theater arts education a student can develop greater self-awareness, empathy, discipline, teamwork, focus, passion, joy and confidence. Her goal is to cultivate an environment where every class, every production, every interaction, allows each student passing through CYT’s doors feel, included, uplifted and inspired. She hopes that the vibrant CYT culture will build each student’s skills and provide opportunities for those skills to be grown.
Paisley DuPuis is a CYT North Idaho alumni, her first show with CYT dating back to 2008. As well as being involved in CYT Paisley is also a trained dancer and has taken classes in ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap and hip hop and has been teaching dance for the past four years. She is currently finishing her AA in music at North Idaho College. Paisley has loved being involved over the years in many different aspects of CYT including being a CYT camp counselor and choreographer the last three summers and choreographing last spring show. She is very excited to be teaching for CYT this session and to be able to be a part of a new generation of CYT students experience in the program.
River Hopkins has years of experience in stage management and technical theatre. She started working in greenroom years ago when her daughter auditioned for and was in her first show. She then moved from greenroom to house to tech. Since then she has worked with CYT Spokane, North Idaho, ACT, LCP, LLT, and CST. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge and passion with the wonderful kids here in North Idaho.
Hello! My name is Robert! I guess this is where I tell you about myself. I have been a huge theatre fan for years. I graduated from Boise State University in 2014 with my B.A. in Theatre Performance. I recently, just last year, received my Masters of Fine Arts in Acting from The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire based in Birmingham, England. I have worked exstensively in both performance and technical side of theatre. For about 5 years I worked as a stagehand at The Morrison Center for The Performing Arts during my Undergrad. I am excited to be joining the CYT family and look forward to meeting as many of you as possible!
Trenton Klinkefus is a 21 year old CYT alum. He started CYT when he was 13 years old and has been involved ever since. While a student at CYT, Trenton performed many roles including Scrooge in A Christmas Carol the Musical, Gomez in The Addams Family Musical, Snail in A Year With Frog and Toad and Mendel in The Fiddler on the Roof. He now appears in local community theater as much as possible. Trenton loves theater and wants to show your kids how to love it too!