Current Staff Members:

Julie Hunt

Managing Director
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

Artistic Director
Jessica Belisle is ecstatic to be on staff at CYT North Idaho as the 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!

Julie DuPuis

Class & Show Coordinator

Jinny Turnbull

Office Administrator/Registrar

Current Teachers:

Charlsie Cartier

Charlsie Cartier has been dancing since age three, and her love for it has grown with her. Beginning with ballet and tap, Charlsie has also pursued jazz, lyrical, swing, Latin and modern dance. A CYT-NI alum, she began her adventure with CYT at a summer camp in 2009. Her time in CYT was an instrument God used to grow her as a performer, dancer, friend and individual. Since then, Charlsie has taught multiple classes as well as choreograph for CYT-NI. Her other pursuits include homemaking, writing fiction, helping homeschool her sweet sister, and spending as much time outside with her husband as possible.

Emily James

Emily is a CYT North Idaho Alumni. She currently works at North Idaho Christian School as their music teacher. She also owns a private voice and piano studio. She studied music education at Eastern Washington University. She is excited to be teaching Our Gang this quarter and to be part of the CYT North Idaho family again.

Jenny Keough

This will be Jenny’s 4th session teaching at CYT. She has been involved in a few different aspects of CYT throughout the last couple of years. She has been a backstage mom when her son Javin is performing, short play director, core drama teacher, greenroom chair for Shrek the Musical and this is her first summer as a camp councelor “play in a week” director. She also played the role of Queen Constantina in CCT’s production of Cinderella. She has loved theater from a very young age and took acting, singing and dance lessons throughout her childhood. She has performed off and on through the years on TV shows and movie sets and was cast the part of Cinderella and Ariel at Disneyland in her early 20’s. She loves being part of the CYT family and her goal as a teacher is to make every kid know how important, loved, accepted and amazing they are through the experience of theater.

Kira Lambas

As a former CYT student, and current theater and music teacher at Christian Center School, Kira is very excited to be joining the CYT family once again to teach this CORE Fusion class! After beginning in CYT at age 10, God's gift of creativity sparked a light in her life, and never left. Kira has spent the last 12 years working with many theater groups in the area, gaining skills in nearly every area of production. After spending nearly a decade coaching gymnastics, Kira made her directorial debut earlier this year with Bridge of Blood at Christian Center School. With experience in Performance, Improv, Choreography, Stage Management, Directing, and Teaching, she is very excited to share this knowledge with the latest generation of CYT kids.

Kynzie Washington

From ages 10 to 18, Kynzie participated in camps, classes, and shows at CYT and loved every minute. Since graduating, she has been involved in many local productions, favorites including Children of Eden and the Hunchback of Notre Dame at Aspire. Kynzie has enjoyed teaching camps with CYT and putting on productions at Dalton Elementary. Outside of work and rehearsal, you can catch Kynzie serving at One Place Church or watching movies with friends. Theatre has taught her more than she ever thought it could, and she hopes to share her joy for the performing arts with all of her students.

Laura Foster

Laura Foster is an elementary school teacher, and has been teaching now for over 23 years. She has been married to her husband for 20 years and together, they have a beautiful 13 year old daughter. Laura discovered a love for theater through her daughter. They started attending musicals together when Aleesia was just 3 years old. Both of them fell in love with the magic of the stage. As soon as Alee was old enough, she started taking CYT camps and classes. She was cast in her first show at age 7 and hasn’t stopped since. During Alee’s shows, Laura started volunteering more time, and learning all there was to know. Along with her daughter, she fell more in love with theater. A few years back, she taught one of the Our Gang Classes for CYT. She loved that so much, she knew she wanted to bring theater to the school where she taught. She, along with a couple of her coworkers, embarked on a journey to start an after school Drama Club, which quickly became a huge success. The first year, they produced the show Seussical Kids, where the students brought theater magic to the Garwood stage. The second year, they embarked on the musical, Lion King Kids. Unfortunately, like so many other things, it was cut short too early when COVID struck, ending the show 2 weeks before the kids were to perform. This year, Laura decided to take on the challenge of teaching online for her school district in their new Lakeland Online Academy. She is currently teaching 3rd grade online and loving it! She is excited to embark on teaching virtually for CYT this session. She is hoping to bring her enjoyment and love of online teaching and learning to the students at CYT.

Machaiah Bradshaw

Machaiah Bradshaw is a CYT alumni and she is very excited to be back in a teaching capacity! She spent almost 10 years with the program and loved the musical aspect the most. So much so that she is now working as a voice teacher! Machaiah has been working with kids for many years and her goal as a voice teacher is to help kids cultivate a love for music and performing. She has her certification in Level 3 of Somatic Voicework™, is doing an apprenticeship with her voice teacher, and teaches at her private studio. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and going on adventures with her husband, Justin. Machaiah is grateful to be teaching for CYT again and hopes the students will enjoy what she has to offer!

Paisley Siemens

Paisley Siemens 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 ten years. Along with her dance training she also has an AA in Music from North Idaho College. Paisley has loved being involved over the years in many different aspects of CYT including being a summer camp counselor and choreographer , teaching dance classes and musical theatre classes, directing shows and choreographing for both CYT and CCT productions. Paisley is also a dance instructor at Northern Dance Academy. She is extremely excited to be teaching for CYT this session and to be able to be part of a new generation of CYT students as they experience the program.

Presley DuPuis

Presley DuPuis is a proud CYT graduate who flipped over to the grown-up side and hasn't looked back since. He has worn many different hats in various CYT leadership roles with his work as a teacher, music director and director, pit musician, HYPE adviser, and improv coach. He has gone from being the kid who would play the piano when he wasn't allowed to, to one of the the accompanists himself, with his involvement in CYT dating back to 2008 at CYT North Idaho's first fully staged production: "Snow White." (where he played the Magic Mirror). Focusing on all aspects of music and theatre in his studies, Presley holds an A.S. in Music from North Idaho College and is currently finishing his degrees in both Collaborative Piano and Vocal Performance at Eastern Washington University. He has musically directed and played piano for many productions with local high schools, college productions, elementary choirs, community theatres, and his all time favorite gigs: CYT North Idaho and CYT Spokane.