Get involved in CYT beyond the stage! CYT has created Programs that foster theater arts in the community and we’d love for you to take part in the various initiatives that CYT has to offer.

APEX - Advanced Performance Exhibition

APEX is an advanced track is for dedicated dancers, vocalists, and improv actors who want to experience local advanced training that culminates in a National adjudication and competition experience with fellow talented CYT students from across the Country. 

The APEX initiative is organized into auditioned teams who train under a coach for Winter and Spring session during regularly scheduled CYT class times.  The classes have a formal structure that laser focuses on advanced technique and performance standards that level up the class experience for the passionate and committed student. During their class time, the team prepares performance pieces or exercises/games that follow National criteria. The teams participate in the Branch showcase at the end of the CYT session along with the other classes; however, the final culmination of the work is the experience of competing nationally alongside teams from Branches all over the country at CYT’s National EXPO. 

At EXPO, each APEX dance, voice and improv team will be given an opportunity for individual closed adjudication and feedback from a performing arts professional.  This is a time for rich encouragement and celebration of the talent and work exhibited by the teams, along with constructive and tangible feedback.  Each team will participate in a public showcase of their prepared program.  During the showcase, the teams will be judged on specific criteria, and the top 3 scoring teams will perform in the FINAL APEX EXHIBITION.
The Decathlon Award recognizes exceptional CYT students who have demonstrated a love for theater by pursuing a well-rounded education in the theater arts and who have exhibited a character consistent with CYT values. The award includes a certificate of recognition, as well as a personal letter of recommendation from the CYT National Board of Directors.

HYPE - High School Youth Pursuing Excellence

High School Youth Pursuing Excellence (HYPE) is a leadership training group designed to challenge and guide the advanced students of CYT to be leaders inside and outside of CYT. Getting involved by serving the community around them, continuing to grow as an individual, and committing themselves to excellence in all they do are the core components of this CYT program. Our HYPE leaders serve as examples and leaders in our class and production communities. Participating in HYPE is by application and selection.

CYT @School

CYT@school is a program of CYT Portland that introduces the performing arts to children, one school at a time, by providing a high-quality experience that is educational and enjoyable.

Many schools have had to cut their arts programs so CYT@school is dedicated to bringing to your school a low-cost, theater arts training program tailored to the needs of each school. Research has shown that performing arts helps students gain confidence, build leadership skills and develop a sense of community. CYT wants to ensure that students everywhere have an opportunity to experience theater arts. 

The CYT@School program brings the arts back into your school's curriculum, by providing an artist-in-residence style class, on your campus, during your school day. Our program consists of 8 weeks of drama, voice and dance which offer sound theater art instruction while also building character. All participating students will perform in an end-of-session showcase. Our teachers are enthusiastic, fun, positive role models who lead and inspire.

If you're interested in the possibility of adding a theater arts class to your school's curriculum, contact us at office@cytportland.org.