CYT is so much more than a theater company; it is a ministry. From providing family friendly entertainment, to providing a safe environment for children to grow emotionally and spiritually, CYT is a place where we do everything for the audience of one.

A Message from Carol Engelhardt

I am so grateful God allows us to step into the work He is doing in families and communities through Christian Youth Theater. Join us as we REVIVE CYT and see God’s provision through our generous donors! Your donation will provide funds for staff, facility rentals and show rights as we return to our programming. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it. I Thessalonians 5:24
— Carol Engelhardt, CYT Executive Managing Director  

A Message from Sarah Fincher

The Lord Jesus Christ has graciously led us through this season and we look to the Lord, who provides every need, to bring Revival to the programming of CYT and in our hearts and minds. We are forever grateful to the families, teachers, directors, and of course children who are the building blocks of our CYT family. Lord Jesus, Will you not revive us again, that we may rejoice in you? Psalm 85:6
— Sarah Fincher, CYT Interim Artistic Director

How to make your own Revive CYT Campaign page: 

  1. Log into your FAMILY account on a desktop or laptop computer
  2. Click on the Members tab
  3. Select your name 
  4. Upload a photo by clicking “Choose file”. Once your file is chosen, click “Save Changes” at the bottom of the page. Include a picture of yourself! Consider using a picture from a show or in a costume!
  5. Click on “Campaigns” 
  6. Click “Set Up” on the Revive CYT Campaign line.
  7. Click “Inactive” to join the campaign, set your goal amount, and write your own personal message about what CYT means to you. Click “Save” at the bottom.  

Tips for Sharing Your Campaign Page

Here is an example of a personal message you could include on your campaign page:

Dear friends and family, Many of you know I’ve been involved in a theater company called CYT Chicago for many years.  While CYT is the place where I learn about theater, dancing, and singing, it’s also become a home away from home for me and my family.  Not only have I made some of my best friends there, but my parents have built amazing relationships too!

When we had to cancel our shows last year due to COVID, we were all devastated. We are just now starting to get back into the swing of things, but CYT needs our help.  Any small donation you could offer would go towards keeping this amazing community alive!

It would mean so much to me and my family!
Once your campaign page is approved by the office, you’ll receive an email with a link to order your FREE limited edition T-Shirt and information on how you can get your Revive CYT Campaign page featured on CYT’s website! 

A tip on sharing your personal Campaign page through direct emails and on your social media pages.

On social media, offering a question is often a great way to start, as seen in this example:
Has your life been turned upside down by the pandemic? It’s a funny question, of course! More than anything, I miss the community we found at the theater education and stage productions at CYT. As productions get rolling for the first time in over a year, I encourage you to check out a little more of my CYT story and consider donating to our Revive CYT Campaign to help launch us into the future!

2021 Revive CYT Limited Edition T-shirts

There are 2 ways to get a FREE specialty CYT T-Shirt:
  • Send 7 personalized emails with a link to YOUR personal CYT Letter Writing donation page. A copy of all the email addresses along with the personalized email, must be sent to your Chapter Coordinator.
  • Turn in a minimum of 7 completed hand-written letters to your Chapter Coordinator. See your class coordinator for letters!


The top 5 fundraisers will receive a one-outfit-mini-headshot session with Jennifer Heim Photography, a $250 value!*

For every $50 donated in your name, you will be entered into the Grand Prize drawing of a Family photoshoot with Jennifer Heim Photography! Session valued at $325. **

* Images from Jennifer Heim Photography will come as a digital download of the raw (unedited) images with two retouched images, formatted with your name, and ready to print. Prints are NOT included with the package, it is digital delivery only. Session date and location to be announced.

** Family sitting is for the winning CYT student, his/her legal guardian(s) and the CYT students' siblings and includes one location and one outfit. Images will be delivered digitally, prints are not included, but you will receive a print release. Session date to be announced.

CYT Chicago

Mailing Address:
755 Industrial Drive
Cary, IL 60013

Phone: 847-516-2298
Office Address:
755 Industrial Drive
Cary, IL 60013

Office hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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