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 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!
Class & Show Coordinator
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.
Elisa has been in the entertainment industry for over a decade as an actor and stunt woman. Training under Chris Tortora and John Zimmerman, she has worked in theme parks such as Gatorland Orlando, Silverwood, and Universal Studios, as well as in films and commercials. She has driven monster trucks, performed multiple body burns, and done high falls up to 40 feet, but her favorite stunt is a cool fight scene.
For as long she can remember, Grace Dougall has dreamed of being a stunt woman. As a child, she’d watch superhero movies then run outside to recreate her favorite fight scenes. Training under Chris Tortora, Grace landed her first stunt job as a member of the Silverwood Stunt Team. With 4 years of stunt experience, including high falls, hand-to-hand stage combat, martial arts and high ropes training, Grace is excited to share her passion for stunt work with CYT students. When she is not teaching stunts, long-boarding with her dog or developing new combat skills, you’ll find Grace leading guests through the aerial ropes courses at Tree2Tree Adventure Park.
Jessica Belisle has been the Artistic Director at CYT North Idaho for 1 year. 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, has been working with CYT since 2011 and has been on the artistic team for 15 CYT productions. 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. Jessica is incredibly excited to be taking on such a delightful classic as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dream Coat!
Lily Winde has had seven years of acting experience in various theaters around the Inland Northwest. She loves all the aspects of theater arts but her real passion lies in storytelling. She loves to write and share morals through the power of stage play. Theater is a great way to teach people lessons about friendship and loyalty through simple stories like Toy Story and The Lion King. Every story has a heart and Lily is excited to share the heart of storytelling with every student she meets this coming year.
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 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.